The Sandi Russell Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship

Sandi Russell (1946-2017) was a renowned jazz musician, writer, and educator. St Chad’s College is proud to offer this postgraduate scholarship in her memory.

St Chad’s College will award ONE Sandi Russell Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship, worth £1500 to a student embarking on a postgraduate degree in 2023-24 academic year.


  • This scholarship is offered to applicants who identify as having a Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background AND / OR identify as a person of colour.
  • Applicants must demonstrate ‘financial need’.

Level of Study: Postgraduate

Domicile: UK / EU / International

College: Applicants must specify St Chad’s College as their College choice in their application to Durham University.

Year of Entry: New applicants for the academic year starting October 2023.

Mode of Study: Full-time

Duration: Up to 3 years of consecutive postgraduate study OR one year postgraduate programme.

Value: Successful recipients will receive £1,500 per year for the duration of their postgraduate programme. Funding can be used as either maintenance support or payment towards tuition fees. This is a grant rather than a loan, and does not need to be repaid.


Prospective applicants must:

Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS specifying St Chad’s College as your college of choice.

Stage 2: submit to St Chad’s College by email ( addressed to the Principal, Dr Margaret Masson:

  • an application including a personal statement of not more than 1,000 words describing how your personal circumstances make you eligible for this award (see Eligibility), how the bursary would help you to study at Durham University, and why you want to study at Durham University and St Chad’s College.
  • a character reference from one of your lecturers / tutors in support of your scholarship application to be sent by email to Please ensure your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains their name, position, contact details and your full name.
  • a copy of your academic transcript to date, from your current institution OR a copy of your highest academic qualification to date.
  • EITHER a copy of your final assessment Student Finance England (or equivalent) outcome (for UK applicants); OR 3 months bank statements and a copy of your P60 (for international applicants).

Scholarship applications accepted from: October 1st 2022

Deadline for submission of applications: to be confirmed ahead of the application period


All eligible applications for the Sandi Russell Postgraduate Scholarship will be considered on the basis of their personal statement, reference and academic status by a panel of College Officers of St Chad’s College. The financial and personal information you provide will be treated in strict confidentiality by members of the selection panel.

Awards are made at the discretion of the panel. The panel reserves the right not to make an award in any given year if it is deemed that no applicant has met the criteria.

Other scholarship awards may be taken into account when considering scholarship allocation.


For further information:


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 3357