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UoS & Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

The University of Southampton and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will offer a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds. Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information on the Foundation can be found here.

The Cowrie Scholarship has been awarded for the duration of the scholars studies and we are no longer accepting applications.

I am delighted that our University is partnering with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation. As an institution, we are committed to fair access and participation in higher education and recognise the structural barriers which result in a lower proportion of Black UK students studying at Russell Group universities. More work is needed, not only to widen access, but also to ensure that students feel at home, achieve excellent results and progress to their chosen careers or postgraduate study. These scholarships will form part of our broader Widening Participation strategy.


The scholarship will cover home tuition fees in full and we expect the successful scholar will also qualify for a maintenance stipend of £8,000 per annum, which is tenable for the duration of their programme of study.

This award does not affect your eligibility for the University of Southampton Bursary or the Ignite Programme, however the additional funding will be taken into account resulting in a maximum award of £8,000 per year of study.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for this scholarship:


Priority will be given to applicants whose household income is assessed as £25,000 or less. Applicants with a household income up to £30,000 may also apply.

Priority will also be given based on applicants area of residence and measures of educational challenges, often referred to as socio-economic metrics. Further information on widening access at the University of Southampton can be found here.

Your application will be assessed based on your personal statement of between 600 and 900 words, which should detail the following:


The application process for the scholarship has now been completed and a scholar selected.

Please check your eligibility before making an application. Awards may be withdrawn if we later become aware successful scholars have not met eligibility criteria or to have provided false information.

As part of the application process you will be asked to confirm the following information:


All applicants will be notified by the first week of September 2021.


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Cowrie Scholarship FoundationWidening Participation at Southampton
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