Scholarships and Student Funding

Saroj Lal Scholarship

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

Saroj Lal

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.   


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

This scholarship is in honour of Saroj Lal a trailblazing teacher and race relations pioneer, who graduated with a PGCE from Moray House in 1970. 


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.


Applications for the 2021-2022 academic session are no longer being accepted for this scholarship as the 31st of May deadline has now passed. 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Scholarships System FAQs for Applicants (504.3 KB PDF)


Programme directors will convene a selection committee to select the scholarship holder in May. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the beginning of June 2021.