Fees and Funding


Bulgarian Partnership Bursary


The details
All departments (excluding East 15)

We offer bursaries of £2,000 to students from Bulgaria who start at Essex in 2022. The bursary is only available for your first year at Essex.


  • Students must be ordinarily resident in Bulgaria (see full terms and conditions below for the definition of ordinary residence).
  • Eligible courses are full time courses leading to the award of a Foundation Degree, Bachelor’s Degree or Integrated Masters (four years);
  • Applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 15 August 2022. Applicants that become firm with Essex through rejection by their original firm choice selection elsewhere are not eligible.
  • Students must be in their first year of study at the University in 2022-23.
  • Successful applicants should be available for promotional activities

Students not eligible 

The following students are NOT eligible for the bursary regardless of meeting the above criteria:

  • Students undertaking courses at East 15 Acting School;
  • This bursary does not apply to deferred entry. Where a bursary has been awarded to a student who subsequently defers entry to the following academic year, the award will be withdrawn and the applicant will be considered again in line with the terms and conditions that apply in the new proposed year of entry.
  • Students undertaking a degree that is normally delivered wholly online
  • Students transferring into the second year from another UK higher education institution.
  • Students directly continuing from one course to another (for example from Foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree). 

How to apply

If you meet all the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered for the bursary. You don’t need to complete an application form. Successful applicants will be notified via their Essex email account by November 2022.

Payment arrangements

The bursary is worth £2,000 for the first year of study only. Payment will be made in two instalments, normally in February and May by bank transfer. You must open a UK bank account and we will contact you by email before each payment date to request that you enter your bank details into My Essex so payment can be made. Students must be registered for full-time study to receive payment (see bursary suspension details in the full terms and conditions below). Please note that if our records show that you are in debt to the University when an award payment is due to be made, the payment will be offset against your student account in the first instance and you will be entitled to receive any balance. 

Full details

Please read the full terms and conditions for your entry year before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, how you'll receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not.

Bulgarian Partnership Bursary - Terms and conditions for 2022-2023 entry (.pdf)

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.