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The aim of the Hatfield Lioness Scholarship is to enable a female student from a developing country where access to tertiary education is limited to benefit from undertaking postgraduate study at the University of Durham. The scholarship has been set up as part of the celebration of 30 years of women students at Hatfield College, University of Durham, and is funded by alumni, friends of the College and other sources supportive of the scholarships aims. Further information about fundraising for this scholarship can be found on the Hatfield Lioness Scholarship donations page.

Hatfield College aims to award the Lioness Scholarship to an individual who has the academic and personal qualities to enable them to complete and benefit from a postgraduate course, and who will also act as a positive ambassador for their home country in Durham, and put their enhanced knowledge and skills gained from the masters programme and experience in Durham to good use for the benefit of their society when they return home.


The scholarship will cover:

  • Full payment of University tuition fees
  • Stipend for living expenses - 4 quarterly payments
  • One return economy air ticket from the home country to the UK, and the cost of return travel between the UK airport and Durham City
  • Fully funded, self-catered, single room in mixed accommodation at Hatfield College
    'Settling in allowance' on arrival
  • Cost of UK visa and the UK Health surcharge
Year of Entry Applicants for programmes commencing in 2021/22
Number of awards available One
Level of study Taught Masters Degree programmes
Mode of study Full-time
Programmes All except MBA and research Masters programmes
Duration One academic year


Applicants must have applied for and been offered an unconditional place on their chosen masters programme by the end of May 2021.

Applicants must not be in receipt of any other scholarship to fund their postgraduate studies or have completed a degree in the UK before.

Applicants must be female.

Geographical criteria

Applicants must be a national of one of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia, The
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Dem. People's Rep.
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao PDR
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Somalia
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen, Rep.
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us for advice.

How to apply

  1. Apply for a course

    Submit an academic application for your chosen masters programme; within this application, you should reference your intention to apply for the Hatfield Lioness Scholarship.


    Once you have completed this application you can move onto stage 2.


    When you receive your academic offer letter from the University, please forward it to with your full name and Lioness Scholarship 2021 in the subject line.

    Durham University Applicant Portal
  2. Submit a character reference

    Submit an application for the Scholarship on this Application form. Please make sure to complete all sections.

    If you do not have all your documents now, please forward them to before the deadline for your application to be considered.


    Application deadline

    31st March 2021 23:59 GMT

    When candidates will hear the outcome of their application

    June 2021


    Applications will be considered on: academic merit, personal qualities and the fit with the chosen degree programme to the candidate's aims.

    Hatfield Lioness Scholarship Application Form
  3. Ask us

    For further information or advice:


More about this scholarship

Applicants should

  • hold a relevant honours degree of sufficient standard to be admitted to your chosen Masters course
  • have all other course entry requirements including the relevant English language qualification
  • not hold a Masters degree
  • not otherwise have the financial means to study for a Master’s degree in the UK


  • The Scholarship does not provide funding for dependants, nor for travel during the Scholarship
  • Accommodation is for the Scholarship holder only; dependants cannot be accommodated


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Get in touch

If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a scholarship or the application process, get in touch with our Scholarships and Student Funding Office:

Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Durham University

Palatine Centre

Stockton Road