Scholarships are available to students for postgraduate master's study in the area of manufacturing in 2020-2021. These GML scholarships contribute towards the costs of study (tuition fee plus £1,000 maintenance grant). Read more Read less

The Cranfield University Manufacturing master's programmes have helped to develop many leaders through the intense, 12-month learning that bring synergies between academia, industry and policy makers. Alumni are in senior positions in all parts to the world.

The scholarships aim to contribute to the education of young professionals with the capabilities required to lead manufacturing into the future.

These GML scholarships provided by Cranfield Manufacturing contribute towards the costs of study (tuition fee plus £1,000 maintenance grant). Awards are made for a maximum duration of one calendar year for full-time study.

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, the equivalent of a UK first class honours degree in a relevant subject area. Applicants from anywhere in the world are welcome. Please note Erasmus-funded students are not eligible for this scholarship.

The 10 scholarships will be competitively awarded according to academic ability and leadership potential.

At a glance

  • Funding valueTuition fee plus £1,000 cash
  • Suitable for Applicants fromUK, EU, Rest of World
  • Deadline22 May 2020
  • Funding provider(s)Cranfield Manufacturing

What it covers

The scholarship pays for the Cranfield Manufacturing master's tuition fee and a £1,000 cash maintenance grant.

Who can apply

Applicants can be from any country.

Please note Erasmus-funded students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Further information

Please contact for further information after consulting the below FAQs.

Frequently asked questions

What is a UK first class degree equivalent?

This translates to being in the top 5-10% of the graduates. If you are not amongst the top in your university, you are unlikely to be successful. 

Will the GML Scholarship cover all my financial needs?

The GML funding does not cover all the costs needed to study at Cranfield. We believe in the partnership that the person who is gaining the most benefit in the future should contribute. It is important that you check the finance requirements before you accept.

Can I ask an agent to write the application?

We want to know you as a person, and an agent is not you. If you are successful in the shortlist stage, there is an interview where we will talk with you in person. We value honesty and integrity. Any falsification and impersonation would be dealt with seriously.

Are there other scholarships or bursaries for the Manufacturing Master's Programme?

It is the responsibility of the student to provide finance for their study. For more information, please see our Funding page.

Does everyone who studies the Cranfield Manufacturing Master's Programme have a scholarship?

Not every student on the Manufacturing Master's Programme receives a scholarship. In fact, only a very small number are awarded one. GML is a competition in which we selectively support those who have strong leadership potential.

I have a study offer from Cranfield University, can I apply?

You need to hold an offer of study for one of the eligible manufacturing master's courses.

What is the Cranfield Manufacturing Master's?

The Cranfield University Manufacturing Master's Programme has helped to develop many leaders. This is an intense, 12-month programme that brings synergies between academia, industry and policy makers. We have alumni in senior positions in all parts of the world. You can find out more about our manufacturing courses on our website.

How does Cranfield's Manufacturing Master's compare with other UK manufacturing courses?

Cranfield is a unique university that works closely with business and industry. All of our students are pursuing a master's or a PhD degree - we do not have any undergraduates. In the Manufacturing Master's Programme, students spend only 40% of their time in classroom-type learning. They then spend 20% of their time on a group project, collaborating with a team of other students on a business problem to deliver a working solution. Depending on the nature of the project, they could be based in a company, or in Cranfield. The remaining 40% of study time is dedicated to an individual thesis that typically relates to a company project. Because of the practical problem-solving nature of the study and the relationship the student can have with companies, Cranfield Manufacturing Master's students have a very high employment rate, and often rise to become leaders quickly.

What happens if I do not receive a scholarship?

Many students have completed degrees with Cranfield and built a successful career. If you think you are unlikely to be awarded a scholarship, we would still encourage you to organise your finances where possible in order to benefit from a first-class learning experience.

How do I apply?

The application procedure is explained fully below. You need to hold an offer of study for one of the eligible courses before you can apply. We also ask for a separate Justification for Support document of around 2,500 words in PDF format to be submitted by the deadline on 22 May 2020, midnight UTC -12.

What do you look for in applications?

Beyond having impressive academic achievements, we are looking for evidence of leadership potential. We want to understand your vision of the future. We look for justification of why your study aspirations are valuable to your future plans. Most importantly, we want you to demonstrate your communication ability. The Justification for Support should not be a tick box set of answers; we are looking for an expression of personality that give us a sense of leadership potential.

How are candidates selected?

After the submission deadline, we will prepare the shortlist evaluation. For the candidates who pass the shortlist stage, they will be invited to a telephone or Skype interview in June. The panel will then evaluate the performance of the candidate and make the final decision.

When do I hear back after submission?

An acknowledgement will be sent to you by email once you submit an application. We will then get in touch after the competition closes.

Can I email my submission?

No, the webform is the only means of submission. 

Can I ask questions?

We expect a deserving candidate to be able to read and follow the instructions on the website, so we are not favourable to people who ask questions about information that is already published. However, if you are genuinely unable to find the answer to your query, please email

How to apply

You should submit an application for one of the eligible courses. Application links are available on the eligible course pages, which are linked above. Your online application will form part of our evaluation of your academic achievement. We will send you your 6-digit student ID once we have received and processed your application form. 

Applications to the GML scholarship should be made online by 22 May 2020, midnight UTC-12. The online form is the only means of submission and you must submit a Justification for Support statement of about 2,500 words in PDF format. There is no pre-defined format for the Justification for Support statement and you are encouraged to prepare this to best reflect your personality. The file name should be GML-xxxxxx.pdf (xxxxxx is your 6-digit student ID).

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The Justification for Support will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic achievement,
  • Evidence of leadership potential,
  • Vision of manufacturing future,
  • Justification on the course on their career,
  • Communication ability.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by video conference during June 2020.

Applicants shall be informed by end of June 2020.

The decision of the panel is final.