Saroj Lal Scholarship

  • Master
  • £1,000
  • 23 May 2022

One scholarship will be awarded to an applicant accepted onto a PGDE Primary programme from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. Saroj Lal was one of Scotland’s pioneering race relations activists, feminists and equality campaigners in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, latterly as Director of Lothian Racial Equality Council. She was a trailblazer in fighting for fairness for all, and in particular for disadvantaged and marginalised Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women. She was also the first Asian woman in Scotland to be appointed as a Justice of the Peace, in 1986.

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Any applicant to the PGDE Primary programme, who is from a BAME background, can apply for the scholarship. The scholarship will only be awarded once the candidate has accepted an offer and began study as a PGDE student within Moray House School of Education and Sport.
The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, and the candidate’s demonstration of a strong interest in teaching in Scottish primary schools and a commitment to teaching that is aligned with the pioneering work of Saroj Lal.

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This scholarship awards £1,000 which is paid at the start of the academic session towards maintenance costs.


Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application In order to gain access to the scholarship application system applicants must have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh. Please note that, following the submission of an application for admission, it can take up to ten working days for all system checks to be completed and for access to be granted.

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