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The Richard Osman Memorial Fund Scholarship

About the award

The Richard Osman Memorial Fund has been established in honour of Richard Osman, who graduated from the University of Exeter's Camborne School of Mines with an MSc in Mining Geology in 1999. Richard died as a result of a plane crash in May 2016, at just 40 years of age.

This fund has been founded by Richard's former employer, Centamin, with a consortium of other benefactors including Altus Strategies, Ariana and Capital Drilling also contributing.

These scholarships will enable up to two talented UK students, each year, to follow in Richard's footsteps by studying on either our MSc Mining Geology or MSc Exploration Geology programme, becoming distinguished Richard Osman Scholars. The successful candidates will receive a bursary covering their tuition fees in full, and a generous stipend of £10,600 toward living costs.

Please note that the scholarship can only be awarded to a student who has gained an offer of a place to study MSc Mining Geology or MSc Exploration Geology at the University of Exeter, starting in September 2024. You will be asked for your University of Exeter student number upon application. If you do not have a student number you will not be eligible to apply. Please note that students paying international tuition fees are not eligible for this award. Successful applicants will be expected to write a letter of introduction and annual end of course report which will be shared with the Donor(s).

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to interview. We expect interviews would be held in July.

How to apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete an application form, two quizzes and you may be asked to upload a supporting statement. The quizzes are designed to test your ability and to aid the initial shortlisting process.

To begin the application process, please access the Richard Osman Memorial Fund Scholarship Application System.

Terms & Conditions:

  • By applying for this Scholarship you are agreeing to your personal details being shared with the donor and Panel members.
  • All scholarship awards are conditional on registration with the University of Exeter.
  • Scholarships are not awarded in conjunction with other scholarships – in the event of you being eligible for more than one award the greater award will be given.
  • We reserve the right to not award all of the scholarships if suitable candidates are not found.
  • If you defer your offer or change fee status your scholarship offer will be invalidated. In the event that you withdraw or interrupt your studies post enrolment, the University Finance regulations at that date will apply as regards any repayment or other requirements.
  • Please note if you are successful and accept this award, you will be required to provide regular progress reports to be shared with the donor of this award, documenting the impact the award has had on your personal and academic development. You will also be expected to make yourself available for a meeting with the donor at least once during your programme of study, which will be supported by a member of the Global Advancement Team.
  • In addition, you may be asked to provide a photograph and written or video profile to appear in publicity material relating to the scholarship and/or study at the University of Exeter, attend events and participate in other internal and external communications activity relating to your award.
  • You will also agree to the University contacting you following the completion of your studies to seek updates regarding how the award may have impacted upon or influenced your career.


Application deadline:3rd June 2024
Number of awards:2
Value:Full fee bursary plus £10,600 stipend
Duration of award:for 1 year
Contact: Student Recruitment