Our mission is to fund and support a new generation of postgraduates to become STEM leaders

Do you have, or are you completing, an undergraduate degree in maths or a relevant STEM subject?

Do you want to pursue postgraduate studies in the mathematical or statistical sciences?

Do you want to become part of a growing community of future STEM leaders?


Applications for 2024/25 scholarships for a postgraduate degree in the mathematical sciences have now closed. Please sign-up to our newsletter to hear when applications will open for 2025/26 scholarships.

We are looking for candidates who have the academic potential and the motivation to undertake postgraduate research, while contributing to the cohort of Martingale Scholars. Scholars will receive tailored support to apply for a Martingale PhD Scholarship after their Masters.

Applicants will be prioritised based on evidence of financial need, academic potential and motivation for postgraduate research.

To be eligible for 2024, you must:

01. Have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a first or upper-second class bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a related subject, from any university

02. Be eligible to commence a Masters degree at a UK university from September 2024

03. Qualify for ‘Home Fee’ status at our partner universities

04. Have been to school in the UK or Ireland for at least three years between the ages of 11 and 16; or if not, for at least seven years between the ages of 4 and 18

05. Have completed your GCSEs or equivalent at a state-funded school, or received a substantial scholarship or bursary to attend a fee-paying school or college

06. Have faced or are facing financial barriers, such as qualifying for a means-tested maintenance loan or grant that is above the minimum levels of support detailed from your regional or national funding body

The three application stages

01. Apply to Martingale

To apply, you will need to complete our online application form. This helps us understand your background and your motivations to become a Martingale Scholar. You will need to provide an academic transcript, evidence of financial need, and two referees.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an assessment centre, where you will be interviewed by an academic panel and a Martingale panel. We will assess your academic potential and your motivation to do postgraduate research. We will also assess how you would contribute to the cohort of Martingale Scholars.

Successful candidates will be offered a scholarship-in-principle. This means you will be awarded a full scholarship, subject to receiving and meeting the conditions of an offer for an eligible course from a partner university. Martingale Scholars will be supported to apply for a Martingale PhD scholarship after their Masters.

02. Apply to partner universities

Scholars-in-principle will then apply directly to one or more partner universities for an eligible course.

You will complete a separate application for each university, which must be done in accordance with the university’s standard admissions process and deadlines. You will also submit your university preferences to Martingale.

03. Funding allocation

Subject to being offered a place by at least one partner university, the Martingale Foundation will allocate one funded place to the candidate. Please note that if a university offer is conditional, the funding from Martingale will also be conditional.

The allocation process will match a candidate’s university preferences with the university’s candidate rankings. Through this process we aim to place a group of Martingale Scholars at each of our partner universities.

Key dates

Friday 4 August 2023

Applications open

You can refer to our guidance document online for tips

Monday 2 October 2023

Early offers application deadline

Applying by this date gives you the opportunity to be considered for an early offer

Wednesday 25 October 2023

Final applications deadline

October – November 2023

Assessment centres

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment centre in London, northern England or Scotland

These are currently scheduled for 17th and 24th October; 9th, 10th, 14th*, 15th*, 16th and 17th November

*Scheduled to take place in Edinburgh

Friday 24 November 2023

Scholarship-in-principle offers made

Successful candidates are awarded a full scholarship, subject to receiving an offer and meeting the offer conditions from a partner university

Friday 8 December 2023

Showcase event

Scholars-in-principle have the opportunity to meet with academics from our partner universities to learn more about eligible courses at an in-person event in London

January – February 2024

Applications to partner universities

Scholars-in-principle apply directly to partner universities

Thursday 14 March 2024

Confirmation of university offers and funded places

Scholars-in-principle successful in receiving an offer from a partner university will be officially offered a Martingale Scholarship

Programme brochure

All you need to know about the Martingale scholarship programme.

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We are delighted to be partnering with some of the UK’s leading research universities to offer postgraduate scholarships.

Each partner university has made significant commitments to the programme to provide a world-class experience for scholars.
For the 2024 Martingale Scholarships, we are offering select Masters degrees in the mathematical sciences.

You can find more information about our partner universities below. This includes some background on each university and department, the eligible courses being offered and their standard admissions process. You should also seek further information from universities directly, including their graduate admissions departments.

Once you receive a scholarship-in-principle from the Martingale Foundation, you will then need to complete a separate application for each university, which must be done in accordance with the university’s standard admissions process and deadlines.

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Edinburgh

Imperial College London

King’s College London

University of Manchester

University of Oxford

University College London