Scholarships

Cochlear UK offers two scholarships in honour of its pioneers – Professor Graeme Clark and Dr. Anders Tjellström. Could you – or someone you know – be a candidate?

What you'll find on this page

  • The scholarships available for Cochlear implant recipients.
  • Details on who is eligible for a Cochlear scholarship.
  • How to apply.

Cochlear is proud to support the academic excellence of our recipients through two scholarships for further study:

  • The Graeme Clark Scholarship for Cochlear™ Nucleus® implant recipients

  • The Anders Tjellström Scholarship for Cochlear™ Baha® implant recipients.

We take pride in seeing our recipients use their Cochlear or Baha system to help them succeed in their studies and reach personal goals.

We award our scholarships based on academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity.

For our Nucleus implant recipients: The Graeme Clark Scholarship

The Graeme Clark Scholarship is open to Nucleus implant recipients in the UK and Ireland. This award helps individuals further themselves by undertaking university studies.

The work of Graeme Clark

Professor Graeme Clark was the Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne. The pioneering work of his department led to the first multi-channel research implant – also known as a ‘bionic ear’ – being ‘switched on’ in 1978. The team also produced the first Nucleus implant in 1982.

Professor Clark’s lifelong commitment to finding a solution for hearing impaired people inspired a revolution not only for those with severe to profound hearing loss, but also for their families and friends.

Who is eligible for the award?

The UK & Ireland Scholarship is open to Cochlear Nucleus recipients who are:

  • a UK or Irish resident implanted at a UK or Irish cochlear implant centre

  • 16 years or over at application deadline

  • studying for at least another two years.

Candidates must also be:

  • currently completing their final year of school or sixth form college

  • accepted onto a full-time university or other tertiary education course

OR

  • mature students who have been accepted onto a full-time or other tertiary education course

OR

  • students currently undertaking a full-time university degree or other tertiary education course.

Previous applicants can apply if they meet the above criteria.

When does the scholarship application process start?

Applications will reopen in September. To start the application process please download this form

What is the value of the scholarship?

The scholarship is worth £6,000 paid directly to the winner in two instalments:

  • First – on being awarded the scholarship.

  • Second – one year later.

How is the winner selected?

We award the scholarship based on academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of compassion and benevolence.
A judging panel of three independent Cochlear implant professionals selects the winner based on application submissions. The decision of the panel is final.

How will the winner be notified?

We contact the winner via email within 6 months of the deadline date.

What you need for your application

  1. A completed application form signed in ink.

  2. A copy of your final school or sixth form college Statement of Results. Include general and advanced level results.

  3. A one-page list of academic and extra-curricular activities or awards (including dates).

  4. A personal typed statement supporting your application. In 1,000 words or less, use simple and direct language to describe: 

    • how a cochlear implant has generated more opportunities for you in the hearing world

    • the area of proposed study

    • your aspirations and reasons why you want to be considered for the Cochlear UK & Ireland Graeme Clark Scholarship. 

  5. Proof of age and UK or Ireland residency (e.g. photocopy of your birth certificate or passport).

  6. Three letters of reference. The referees should:

    • not be directly related to you

    • preferably have known you for at least two years.

    • at least two must be individuals who’ve given you educational instruction.

  7. Written proof of residence (e.g. photocopy of a bank statement or utility bill).

  8. Proof of change of name, if appropriate (e.g. photocopy of marriage certificate or deed).

You may be required to attend an interview.

For our Baha implant recipients: The Anders Tjellström Scholarship

The Anders Tjellström Scholarship is open to Baha implant recipients in the UK & Ireland. This award helps individuals further themselves by undertaking university studies.

The work of Anders Tjellström

Dr. Anders Tjellström was an ENT surgeon with the Department of Otolaryngology at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1972, Dr. Tjellström's doctoral work at the university brought him into contact with Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a pioneer in the field of osseointegration. In that same year, Tjellström and Brånemark collaborated to treat the first patient with a bone anchored hearing system. Ever since his first patient, Dr. Tjellström has worked tirelessly to restore hearing to thousands of people around the world.

Who is eligible for the award?

The UK & Ireland Scholarship is open to Cochlear Baha recipients who are:

  • a UK or Irish resident and implanted at a UK or Irish cochlear implant centre

  • 16 years or over at application deadline

  • studying for at least another two years.

Candidates must also be:

  • currently completing their final year of school or sixth form college

  • accepted onto a full-time university or other tertiary education course

OR

  • mature students who have been accepted onto a full-time or other tertiary education course

OR

  • students currently undertaking a full-time university degree or other tertiary education course.

Previous applicants can apply if they meet the above criteria.

When does the scholarship application process start?

Applications will reopen in September. To start the application process please download this form.

What is the value of the scholarship?

The scholarship is worth £6,000 paid directly to the winner in two instalments:

  • First – on being awarded the scholarship.

  • Second – one year later.

How is the winner selected?

We award the scholarship based on academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of compassion and benevolence.

A judging panel of three independent Baha implant professionals selects the winner based on application submissions. The decision of the panel is final.

How will the winner be notified?

We contact the winner via email within 6 months of the deadline date.

What you need for your application

  1. A completed application form signed in ink.

  2. A copy of your final school or sixth form college Statement of Results. Include general and advanced level results.

  3. A one-page list of academic and extra-curricular activities or awards (including dates).

  4. A personal typed statement supporting your application. In 1,000 words or less, use simple and direct language to describe: 

    • how a Baha system has generated more opportunities for you in the hearing world

    • the area of proposed study

    • your aspirations and reasons why you want to be considered for the Cochlear UK & Ireland Anders Tjellström Scholarship. 

  5. Proof of age and UK or Ireland residency (e.g. photocopy of your birth certificate or passport).

  6. Three letters of reference. The referees should:

    • not be directly related to you

    • preferably have known you for at least two years.

    • at least two must be individuals who’ve given you educational instruction.

  7. Written proof of residence (e.g. photocopy of a bank statement or utility bill).

  8. Proof of change of name, if appropriate (e.g. photocopy of marriage certificate or deed).

  9. You may be required to attend an interview.

Disclaimer

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