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University of Exeter and Cowrie Foundation Scholarship – 2024/25

The University of Exeter and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) are offering a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically under-represented backgrounds.

Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK, classified as 'Home' for fees, and commencing undergraduate study for their first degree in the academic year 2024/2025.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation has partnered with the University as part of its efforts to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade.


The scholarship will cover your home UK tuition fees and a maintenance stipend of up to £8,000 for each year of your course. The scholarship is tenable for the duration of your programme of study at the University of Exeter, subject to satisfactory progression.

Eligibility Criteria

You must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  1. Identify as belonging to one of the following ethnic groups:
    • Black or Black British – Caribbean
    • Black or Black British – African
    • Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
    • Mixed – White and Black African
    • Other Black background

  2. Have firmly accepted an offer of a place by the relevant UCAS deadline on your first undergraduate, full-time degree programme at the University of Exeter, commencing study in the 2024-2025 academic year.

  3. Have been assessed for fee status as a 'home' student. (Find out more about fee status here.)

  4. Have a household income of £25,000 per annum or less.

  5. Have made an application to your regional student funding authority for income-assessed UK government financial support for higher education students.
    • The regional student funding authorities are: Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland and the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.
    • You will need confirmation you will be in receipt of full financial support for the 2024-2025 academic year. Please ensure you have given consent to share the information with the University, as this information will be used to determine eligibility.

We will also look at where you live and other measures of educational challenges, often referred to as ‘socio-economic metrics’. Find out more about widening access at the University of Exeter and the goals of The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation.

How to apply

The application process for the scholarship is now open and will close on 22 April 2024.

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 have provided false information.

To help us get to know you, we will ask you for a personal statement of no more than 700 words explaining:

  1. Why the scholarship would be beneficial to your studies
  2. How it would help you to achieve your academic goals
  3. How your education would be of future benefit to your community and/or society
  4. What achievements, academically and personally, are you most proud of?

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to participate in an online interview. You will be contacted via email with further details, if necessary.

Please send any questions to:

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Notification of outcome

All applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their application by the first week of September 2023. Please do not contact the Foundation as all awards and notifications will come from the University of Exeter.

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