John Lennon Memorial Scholarship

The John Lennon Memorial Scholarships were set up by a trust fund endowed in the University for the provision of scholarships in the memory of John Lennon. The award is intended to support students from Merseyside who might be in financial need and enhance, among other things, awareness of global problems and environmental issues.


There are two competition streams for applicants and each applicant may enter only one:

  • Taught postgraduate and MRes: A contribution towards tuition fees to a maximum of £4500 towards the fee for the academic year 2023/24
  • Research postgraduate: A contribution towards fees and/or maintenance of up to £12000 per annum for up to 3 years subject to satisfactory progression and re-registration. Pro rata adjustments will be made for part time students over 5 years.

If you are a current research student, the amount will be £12000 per annum until the end of the third year of full-time registration when you should go submission pending. For example, if you are starting your second year, you will get two years of funding. This is pro rata’d for part time study. As a rule, we don’t fund the final year of study.


If you are a current or prospective Home postgraduate (taught and research), either born in or with very strong family connections to Merseyside and who has an academic offer from the University of Liverpool, you are eligible to apply. The award is available to all subject areas studied on the main University campus.

The John Lennon Memorial Scholarship is available to all prospective and current Home (UK) and EU students. Please note that international students and students from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine are not eligible for application to this scholarship.

In accordance with the donor's intentions, priority will be given to applicants whose permanent residence is Merseyside or who have a significant period of residence (independent of study). All prospective postgraduate students must have accepted an offer to study at the University of Liverpool. Awards will be made on the basis of financial need and academic merit, and applicants should demonstrate an active and interest in global, community and environmental issues.

Key information

If you are a current PGR student, the award is available from October 1st until the end of the third year of your registration (or part time equivalent).

Please note that the Scholarships Sub-Committee may insert additional eligibility criteria to the list above. For example, the Scholarship Sub-Committee may target some awards at particular disciplines or levels, if deemed appropriate.

How to apply

In order to apply for this award you will be required to complete a John Lennon Memorial Scholarship application form. Please ensure you complete all the sections, especially the reference section.

The deadline for applications is Friday 5 April 2024.

You will need to complete and submit the‌ form by email to the Secretary to the Scholarships Sub-Committee by email to Applications may also be returned by post to the address indicated on the application form, but candidates are asked to consider the environmental impact of doing so.

For all enquiries please contact the Secretary to the Scholarships Sub-Committee.


Frequently asked questions

As an international student, am I entitled to apply for the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship?

This scholarship is only available to applicants from Merseyside.

I have already secured other funding. Am I eligible to apply?

Priority is given to students who are considered to be in the most financial need.  You are required to declare any other source of funding on your application form.

I am already studying at the University. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, the awards are available to current postgraduate research students, however, they will only be available up to the end of the third year of full time study (pro rata'd for part time). Current undergraduate students who plan to continue to master's and who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply. However, you must meet the criteria of either being born in or having very strong family connections to Merseyside.

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