Magnusson Fund 2021

Magnusson Awards 2021

Small steps can make big differences!

We are looking to hear from GCU students (2nd year and upwards) and early career researchers who want to make a positive difference in their communities and help those in need. The Magnusson Fund offers awards of up to £2,500, supported by donors including Sir Alex Ferguson CBE and Santander Universities. 

Apply to the Magnusson Fund to receive up to £2,500 to support an inspirational project aligned to the Common Good mission of the University. GCU students in their second year upwards and researchers in the early stages of their academic careers can apply.

We are looking to hear from GCU students and early career researchers who want to make a positive difference in their communities and help those in need. This year we particularly welcome applications for projects which strive to make a positive change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic e.g. helping communities which have been particularly affected, such as supporting vulnerable people/ groups.

Projects and activities will require to be able to be achieved in light of the restrictions and guidelines imposed as a result of COVID-19 e.g. social distancing.

Although this year’s criteria are different from past years’, applicants are encouraged to review past Magnusson Award projects before completing this form. Go to www.gcu.ac.uk/magnusson

Who can apply 

We are currently accepting applications from GCU students in their second year upwards, or researchers in the early stages of their academic careers.


Closing date: 15th December 2020 at 5pm GMT


Shortlisted applicants will be expected to present to the (virtual) Magnusson Panel in mid-February 2021. Timings will be given nearer the date.


Don't forget to look at the Scholarships Tips page.


Please type your draft in a word/office document and then transfer to the application once you are happy with your submission, as the portal may timeout when you are deep in thought of what to write next … then you could lose all your work!!

For further information on applying to the Magnusson Fund please contact Andrea Butler on 0141 331 8770 or Andrea.Butler@gcu.ac.uk.

Terms and conditions

Magnusson Fund awards cannot be used for tuition fees or the cost of placements which are part of your studies or course

Awards from the Magnusson Fund are open to students in their second year upwards, and to researchers in the early stages of their academic careers.

You are required to timeously provide an end of project report including a variety of photographs which capture the essence of your project (to be used for internal and external publicity), and that you will reasonably be expected to take part in activities relating to publicity for the Fund and its impact, for example, attendance at Magnusson Awards ceremony/ thank you letter to donor