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University of Bradford partners with foundation to offer scholarships to postgraduate Muslim students

Applications for the scholarships are now open.

The University of Bradford has become a partner with a foundation that offers full postgraduate tuition scholarships to Muslims in Britain.

The University of Bradford has become a preferred partner of the Aziz Foundation, which aims to increase access to higher education for British Muslim students who cannot afford to fund Master’s courses themselves.

Over 70% of the University’s students are from ethnic minority backgrounds and it recruits a significant proportion of intake from Bradford, where almost one-quarter of the local population is Muslim.

The Aziz Foundation aims to increase access to higher education for British Muslim students by providing tuition fee master’s scholarships.

Asif Aziz is a billionaire property entrepreneur and philanthropist. Image: Criteron Capital.

The foundation was set up by the Asif Aziz, a billionaire property entrepreneur and philanthropist in 2015. He is the Founder and CEO of Criterion Capital, which manages a property portfolio.

He is also the Foundation’s Chair and an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths, University of London. His interests include combating Islamophobia, education, tackling homelessness and international poverty relief.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Shirley Congdon said: “A key part of our mission is to widen access to higher education by removing barriers and increasing social mobility. The University of Bradford has twice topped the English Social Mobility Index, which shows we do more than any other university to improve students’ life chances.

“Becoming one of the Aziz Foundation’s Preferred Partners shows we’re committed to our mission of making a positive difference in people’s lives.”

The University has a number of initiatives designed to support students from different cultural and economic backgrounds, including the Bradford Pathways to Academia for Minoritised Ethnicities project (Brad-ATTAIN), which supports internships and summer schools to showcase postgraduate research to Bradford undergraduates, and offers PhD studentships for under-represented groups.

The University offers unconscious bias and EDI training as part of the staff recruitment process. The institution also boasts a multi-faith prayer space, with both a male and female Muslim Faith Advisor providing support to create an atmosphere welcoming to Muslim students.

The foundation initially provided a mix of scholarships and grants across community work, arts and culture and research. In 2018, the foundation consolidated its work and impact in the form of a pioneering postgraduate scholarship programme.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, Professor Shirley Congdon.

In 2019 the Aziz Foundation awarded 148 scholarships, which covered a range of disciplines across over 40 UK universities and with 62% of these awarded to women.

In 2020 the foundation awarded over 200 scholarships at 54 UK universities with over 65% awarded to women and 160 to people in their 20s.

In 2021, another 50 scholarships were awarded through 18 partner universities, with 45% of the cohort the first in their family to enter higher education.

Scholarship applications are open and the final date to submit an application will be Monday 11 July.

Applications are to be submitted online. The application form includes questions about previous education, work experience, financial means, a statement of no more than 1,000 words about how you meet the Foundation’s criteria, and the names of two referees.

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview will be 30-45 minutes exploring questions around challenges facing British Muslims, vision and hopes for change, personal qualities needed to succeed and financial barriers faced.

Scholarships will only be awarded to individuals with career aspirations in the following areas: media and journalism, technology, sustainability and environment, law, policy (excluding health policy) and creative content.

For more information or to apply, visit Aziz Foundation’s website, here.

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