School of Mathematics

Mathematics Access Scholarships

Access scholarships offered to Mathematics students of outstanding ability from Scotland and the rest of the UK, for the academic session 2020-2021.


Scholarships are worth £5,000 a year, and are tenable for the duration of the programme of study, subject to satisfactory academic progress each year.

If a student does not make satisfactory progress in any one year the award will terminate from that point onwards.

Scholarship instalments are paid directly to the recipient at three points during the academic year.


This scholarship is awarded to applicants from the UK who are accepted for full-time admission to an undergraduate degree programme offered by the School of Mathematics at the University.

The scholarship is not available to students already on programme. It is also not available to students studying Mathematics as part of a degree programme hosted by another School within the University.

Eligible students will have applied through the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) and have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh by 31 March 2020.


The scholarships are aimed at students who are:

  • attending schools where relatively few students go on to higher education
  • living in low participation neighbourhoods, eg the lowest quintile in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD20)
  • young people with care experience
  • young carers
  • from low socio economic groups
  • involved in LEAPS or other Widening Participation programmes e.g. Focus West, Sutton Trust.

Eligible students will have evidenced, or be predicted to achieve, a strong academic performance before starting university. When offering scholarships, we will take the above factors plus academic merit into consideration.


Students do not need to apply for this scholarship. All offer holders from the UK will automatically be considered.

Notification of award

All recipients of the award will be notified by the end of April 2020.

Widening Participation

Widening participation (WP) to higher education is a strategic priority for the University of Edinburgh which aims to address the discrepancies in the take-up of higher education opportunities between different social groups.

University of Edinburgh Widening Participation webpage