We have grants, scholarships and bursaries to help make University affordable and living costs achievable. Unlike student loans, you don't need to pay back these awards.

As part of our commitment to an inclusive and accessible higher education, we provide a university grant of up to £600 per year of study to help with living costs. This is available to Undergraduates and PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) students who meet the following criteria:

  • Your household income of is £25,000 per year or less, and you have provided your consent for the Student Loans Company (SLC) to share this information with the University.
  • You are normally resident in England.
  • Your fees for each year of study are more than £6,165 (full-time) or £4,625 (part-time).
  • You are studying at Canterbury Christ Church University. (If you are studying with CCCU through a partner institution, you may not be eligible for the CCCU Grant but may be able to access alternative forms of financial support. Please contact the Student Support team at your place of study who will be able to advise you.)
  • You meet any additional eligibility criteria for our scholarships or bursaries, including being on an appropriate course.
  • You do not already receive government educational support of £5,000 or more per year, including the Government Grant for Health, and Department for Education Bursaries and Scholarships (but excluding Student Loans Company maintenance grants or loans).

If you meet the above criteria and are paying the standard full-time undergraduate tuition fees of £9,250, you will receive the full grant of £600.

If you are a full-time undergraduate student and your fees are more than £6,165 but less than £9,250, for example you are on a foundation degree, the amount you receive will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

If you are a part-time undergraduate student and your fees are more than £4,625 but less than £9,250, the amount you receive will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

Payment schedule and options

A Canterbury Christ Church University Grant will be automatically allocated to eligible students who have a tuition fee loan with the SLC. The SLC will notify you of the amount and make the payments to you on behalf of the University in three instalments over the course of the academic year.

Please note: If you live in our University-owned accommodation, 50% of the grant you receive will be automatically allocated towards the cost of your accommodation. There is also the option to allocate the total amount towards your accommodation payment; once you start University you will be contacted by the Student Fees team regarding this option.

We offer a Care Leavers Bursary to eligible undergraduate or PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) students. This amounts to £4,800 over four years of study (£1,200 per academic year, pro rata if you are studying part-time) including either foundation year or PGCE, but excluding apprenticeships. The award is not paid during any repeat years of study, however if you are repeating a year then you may be eligible for the CCCU Grant for that year.

To be eligible for the Care Leavers bursary you need to meet the following criteria.

  • You are under 25 years of age, in care, or a care leaver, in the UK and: are, or have been, looked after under a Care Order when age 16 for at least 13 weeks

or

  • you are recognised by the Foyer Federation, or have otherwise been homeless.

Additional criteria:

  • Your household income is £25,000 per year or less.
  • You are normally resident in England.
  • Your fees for each year of study are more than £6,165 (full-time) or £4,625 (part-time).
  • You do not receive other financial support from Canterbury Christ Church University including the Canterbury Christ Church University Grant (other than during a repeat year of study).

You must be able to provide proof of the above if asked to do so. This is usually done through your local authority. For support please contact studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk

Payment schedule and options

A Canterbury Christ Church University Grant will be automatically allocated to eligible students who have a tuition fee loan with the SLC. The SLC will notify you of the amount and make the payments to you on behalf of the University in three instalments over the course of the academic year.

Please note: If you live in our University-owned accommodation, 50% of the grant you receive will be automatically allocated towards the cost of your accommodation. There is also the option to allocate the total amount towards your accommodation payment; once you start University you will be contacted by the Student Fees team regarding this option.

Are you a former student from one of our partner schools?

If you are, then you can apply for an award of £500 per year when you study with us.

Students who benefit from the Schools Award will also benefit from participating in paid outreach activities to promote university to students in schools and colleges in Kent and Medway, who might not otherwise consider accessing higher education. 

How to apply: 

The application form and a list of our outreach partner schools can be found on our Outreach web pages

Government Grant for Health

Recognising the vital importance of NHS recruitment, the government has decided to provide extra financial help in the form of a grant of at least £5,000 per year (subject to government review for subsequent years). Students on the following courses will be eligible to receive this grant: 

  • Diagnostic Radiography 
  • Adult Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy 

Students studying on our Mental Health Nursing and Diagnostic Radiography courses will also receive an additional £1,000 per year from the government. Additional funding will also be available for childcare. You do not have to pay this money back in future.

Find out more from the NHS BSA 

Apply for funding from the NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF)

Canterbury Christ Church University Advantage Package

The Canterbury Christ Church University Advantage Package currently includes:

  • uniforms 
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation. 

You can find out more about the faculty uniform policy here

Please check the information on your course page to see whether your course is included. 

In addition to this, health students can apply and may be eligible for other University awards.

Please note: This package is only available for students who are enrolling on a qualifying health course in September 2020. We reserve the right to withdraw this package in the event of a student not successfully completing the enrolment process.

Extra support for childcare costs 

In addition to other support which may be available, eligible students attending a full time pre-registration healthcare course may also be able to claim further financial support for childcare costs from the NHS.

Find out more about the Health Students Child Dependants Allowance at nhsbsa.nhs.uk

What happens if I already have a first degree?

Students who are planning to undertake nursing, midwifery and allied health professional subjects (except paramedic science) as a second degree will currently be able to access the standard student support system, on the same terms as students studying for a first degree. Please check the NHS website for eligibility and the latest funding information.

We work in partnership with The Archdeacon of Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral) under the Article 26 Project to enable those seeking asylum to progress to higher education through the Sanctuary Scholarship. Applications are open from April. 

Awards of up to £1,500 per year.

We are dedicated to supporting student athletes in both academic and sporting success through our Sport Scholarship programme.

The University is recognised by Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) as a Dual Career Accredited Site.

This acknowledges a high level of academic flexibility allowing talented athletes to balance their studies alongside a sporting schedule.

To apply for the award you can be studying any subject, but must be:

  • competing at county level or above in your sport
  • a current or prospective student at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

How to apply: 

Visit the Christ Church Sport pages to apply. 

Various awards are offered to students studying Music and Performing Arts as well as other subjects across the University. If you would like to apply for a Bursary or Instrumental/Vocal Scholarship, please download and complete this form.

Bursary Awards

Who?

Bursaries are available to students within the School of Creative Arts and Industries.

What

These awards help students sustain and develop their creative practice and may support, for example, the purchase of software or sheet music; fees for specialist instruction; travel expenses.

How much?

Bursary Awards are worth up to £300.

When?

The Scholarship Committee considers Bursary Awards applications at the start of each semester. Applications for the first round close at 9.00am on Monday 4 October 2021.

Instrumental/Vocal Scholarships

Who?

Scholarships are open to all students at Christ Church.

What?

Scholarships help students sustain and develop their instrumental and/or vocal talents. Scholars will be expected to perform in at least one university ensemble.

How much?

They are worth £300, which pays for 10 hours of teaching with one of our specialist instrumental or vocal teachers.

When?

Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 4 October 2021; auditions will be held on Wednesday 6 October, between 2.00 and 7.00pm. Online alternatives will be offered if necessary.

Canterbury Rotary Club Bursaries

Who?

Bursaries may be awarded to talented performers on any Christ Church course. In most years up to three of these prestigious bursaries are available.

What?

A condition of holding a Canterbury Rotary Club Instrumental Bursary is that you are an active member of at least one of the University’s ensembles.

How much?

Bursaries are worth £500. These bursaries are funded by the generous support of local Rotarians

When?

Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 4 October 2021; auditions will be held on Wednesday 6 October, between 2.00 and 7.00pm. Online alternatives will be offered if necessary.

Read more about our music scholarships.

No matter what you study, if you have the talent you can help form the professional heart of the University Chapel Choir and benefit from our £800 choral scholarships (£1,000 for organists and conductors).

How to apply:

Visit this page for more details and to complete the application form. 

Postgraduate research scholarships

PhD Scholarship

Closing date 15 October 2021

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications for a full-time PhD scholarship (a stipend of £13,000 per year, tuition fee waiver for three years and an expense allowance of £500 per year) in the field of law.

In offering this scholarship, the School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences is seeking to further develop its research and is inviting applications in research areas primarily related to the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution (specifically Mediation), Public International Law or Cyber Law. We also welcome proposals in any additional research areas, which can be discussed prior to application.

To apply for this position, you will ideally need to have a good first degree along with a law-related Master’s degree and possibly, a practitioner background. If the proposal is related to ADR, it would be desirable for any applicant to have practical experience, which would enable the successful applicant to support the University’s Mediation Clinic with some of its operational activities.

The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to the broader research culture of the School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences as well as to teaching activities (up to 50 hours per year of the award) and to the wider work of the School in achieving its discipline focused strategic objectives.

The scholarship will commence on 1 December 2021.

For more details about past and current PhD projects, see:
https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/explore-postgraduate/explore-postgraduate-research/research-subject-areas/law-policing-and-criminal-justice


How to apply

Please submit your application using the Canterbury Christ Church University online admissions portal.

To apply for this scholarship opportunity, you will need a PhD proposal to be submitted as part of your application along with your CV and a Supporting Statement explaining why you should be considered for this position.

Please tick the appropriate box on the proposal form to indicate that you are applying for a PhD scholarship alongside a place on the PhD programme.

To be eligible for consideration for a scholarship you must have applied for both a place on the PhD programme as well as a scholarship by the scholarship application deadline of 15 October 2021.

For any queries about the application and admissions process please contact Postgraduate Admissions.

The Centre for Kent History and Heritage at CCCU is delighted to be able to offer two 3-year Ian Coulson Memorial doctoral scholarships, one full-time and the other part-time, from a donation from The Janus Foundation. They will be available to suitably qualified candidates in either of these research areas:

  • Kent's maritime communities c.1350-c.1600, with reference to a specific community or communities
  • Lossenham: the history and development of the Rother Levels

The successful candidates will be working with Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh and will gain the opportunity to become involved in externally-funded projects: ‘Kent's maritime communities and their European neighbours: connections and relations across the Narrow Seas, c.1350-c.1600’ and ‘The Lossenham Project – a community archaeology and history project’.

Anticipated start date: 1 February 2022

Closing dates for applications: 30 December 2021

The Awards

Full-time: £18,000 per year for three years towards the candidate’s fees, maintenance and research costs

Part-time: £6,000 per year for three years with the opportunity to apply to the Ian Coulson Award Fund for the fourth year.

Entry requirements:

Preference will be given to applicants who have completed either a taught MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies or have undertaken a Masters by Research in a relevant area. Although these are likely to appeal to historians, suitably qualified candidates from other disciplines such as literature and archaeology are welcome to apply, and proposed projects may be interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary.

In the first instance, we would strongly recommend that you contact either of the Co-Directors of the Centre, Dr Claire Bartram claire.bartram@canterbury.ac.uk or Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh sheila.sweetinburgh@canterbury.ac.uk to discuss your initial proposal.

Application:

Submit the Ian Coulson applicant’s form:

https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-humanities/research-kent-history-and-archaeology/ian-coulson-memorial-prize/the-ian-coulson-memorial-prize.aspx

AND a copy of your CCCU MPhil – PhD thesis proposal application form to Dr Claire Bartram.