The Debating Scholarship

Aims of the Scholarship

Do you have the makings of a great public speaker? Are you confident, do you have the ability to speak persuasively, to keep calm under pressure and to think logically and above all do you have the passion for winning an argument? Do you want to engage with the topical political, economic, environmental and social issues that face us all today? If so, then we would like to hear from you. No previous experience of debating required.

Follow in the footsteps of some of the great debaters of the Exeter University Debating Society, a group of whom is funding the Debating Scholarships. Scholarships are administered jointly by the English Speaking Union and the University. The scholarships aim to support students doing an undergraduate degree programme who can demonstrate a commitment to being involved in debating with the University's Debating Society.

 Guidance notes 

  1. You must have be a UK National and have been made an offer for a full-time, three or four-year undergraduate course at the University of Exeter (Streatham, St Luke’s or Penryn campus in Cornwall). 
  2. You should have a declared household income below £42,600 per year. Preference will be given to students with a household income of below £16,000 per year, and in receipt of means tested financial support from the University
  3. You should provide a supporting statement of no more than 300 words about your intention to take part in debating at the University during your first year (2017/8).
  4. The donors intend to offer a one-year one-off scholarship of £1,500 and may offer an additional one-year one-off scholarship of £1,500 to a second candidate at their discretion.
  5. Each scholarship is independent of any additional financial support to which you might be entitled through the University’s bursary schemes or government grants and loans.
  6. Each application must be submitted by the end of August 2017.
  7. Only successful applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application. This will occur by the end of October 2017.
  8. The awarding of each scholarship will be conditional on (i) the applicant making Exeter University their firm acceptance choice of university with UCAS (ii) the applicant satisfying the terms of their offer (iii) the applicant's household income being under the £42,600 or (as applicable) £16,000 thresholds above, as verified by the University or the University through Student Finance England and (iv) the applicant attending the start of their course in September 2017.
  9. Each scholarship will be paid to the successful applicant by the end of November 2017. 


If you wish to be considered for The Debating Scholarship please complete and return the application form:The Debating Scholarship 2017and supporting statement to the following address:

The ExeterUniversityDebating Scholarship
c/o The English Speaking Union
Dartmouth House
37 Charles Street
London W1J 5ED

or via e-mail to:

Application deadline: 31th August 2017

The information provided in any application will be treated as confidential, but will be shared with staff from the ESU and the University, and the scholarship donor group (which comprises former Exeter University Debating Society members).