MSc Sustainable Urban Development Programme Scholarship

Purpose and description

1. The Sustainable Urban Development Programme runs a scholarship scheme (“the Scholarship”) whereby students attending the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development (“the MSc”) may have their studies funded by the Department for Continuing Education.  It has existed since October 2012 (operating annually), and has supported a number of students on the programme.

2. One Scholarship may be offered for the MSc commencing in October 2017.  The Scholarship covers all MSc course fees (which include college fees) for the first six terms of registration (the MSc is normally competed over two years). It does not cover any fees (including any additional Annual Award Fees) payable beyond six terms.  It does not cover travel, subsistence nor living expenses.

Eligibility

3. All eligible candidates will be considered for the Scholarship (there is no separate application process), provided that:

(a) they meet the entry criteria for the MSc, and

(b) their MSc application is deemed to have been fully completed by 20th January 2017 (while applications to the MSc may be accepted after this date, they will not be eligible for the Scholarship)

Assessment

4. The Scholarship Panel (comprising at least two suitable University staff) will assess the eligible candidates and make a recommendation for the award of the Scholarship. 

5. The panel may consider any written and/ or oral components of candidates’ MSc applications. 

6. The Panel may recommend a ranked shortlist (if it is declined by the first awardee, it may be offered to the next, and so on).  The Scholarship will not be offered if there are no (further) suitable candidates.

Criteria

7. The Scholarship may be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic and professional merit, taking account of demonstrable commitment and ability to contribute significantly to sustainable urban development (either during or following completion of the MSc).  This will be assessed against the following key criteria:

(a) Academic excellence: A first class honours degree, US GPA of 3.7 or equivalent (or distinction at Master’s level); other indicators of high academic achievement (including individual marks on a student’s transcript); information on a student’s overall position within their cohort; and relevant published work.

(b) Professional excellence: Evidence of a strong record of relevant professional achievement, and a demonstrably successful history of continuing professional development and commitment to the candidate’s profession. Indicators may include the candidate’s CV, personal statement, testimonials and/or professional references.

(c) Motivation and potential future contribution to the field: Indicators may include the candidate’s personal statement, interview performance and/or professional references. The awardee would be expected to demonstrate the potential to make an on-going professional contribution to the built environment, and  to contribute significantly to sustainable urban development (either during or following completion of the MSc).

Notification of the outcome and acceptance

8. The first-nominated awardee will be notified by 1 May 2017.

9. The awardee should notify the course administrator as soon as possible should they wish to decline offer of the Scholarship (for any reason), or to decline the offer of a place on the MSc.  This may allow the Scholarship to be offered to another student.

10. The course webpage will be updated to show when a Scholarship award has been decided. Candidates who have not been awarded a Scholarship will not be notified individually.  We regret that we are unable to offer individuals feedback concerning the Scholarship decision.

Further information

11. For any queries about the Scholarship, please email the course team at sud@conted.ox.ac.uk.