Andrea Levy Scholarships

Black African and Caribbean students are being encouraged to apply for new scholarships in honour of acclaimed author Andrea Levy.

Image of Multi-award winning novelist Andrea Levy

The Andrea Levy Scholarships are made possible by a gift from the late writer’s family and the Hollick Family Foundation. 

The scholarships are for applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds who wish to study at the University of Edinburgh. Full eligibility criteria can be found below.

Andrea Levy

Multi-award winning novelist Andrea Levy was born in London to Jamaican parents and held longstanding family and personal links to Edinburgh and to Scotland.

She is best known for her 2004 book ‘Small Island’, which focussed on the Windrush generation, and 2010’s ‘The Long Song’ which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Gary Younge

Broadcaster Gary Younge speaks about the scholarships and his close friend Andrea Levy.

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Broadcaster Gary Younge talks about his friend, the late Andrea Levy.

Scholarship package

A full scholarship package including a maintenance stipend of £5,000 per annum will be offered to successful candidates.

The scholarships cover any undergraduate course at the University of Edinburgh, including full home UK tuition fees (where relevant).

The award does not affect eligibility for an Access Edinburgh Scholarship and both awards can be held at the same time.

The total financial package available per annum in stipend support is up to £8,000.

Applications for the 2023-24 academic session are expected to open in January 2023.

Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing undergraduate study in the academic year 2023-2024.


To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must have one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black Caribbean; Black African; Black Other; Mixed – White/Black Caribbean; Mixed – White /Black African; or Other mixed background that includes Caribbean heritage.

I’m extremely grateful for the equity that the Andrea Levy Scholarship gives to students like me, it helps me feel like I belong. It gave me a chance to not have money anxieties, or worries about missing out or feeling left behind because of having to juggle a job, socialising, and studies. It’s very easy for students like me to feel different or alienated in tutorials, but now I feel like I can experience university fully, and feel at home in Edinburgh. My scholarship has helped minimise my imposter syndrome and it has helped reinstate confidence in my ability.

Ruwedya AhmedAndrea Levy Scholarship recipient 

Access Awards

Access Awards are non-repayable support based on criteria such as income, background and personal circumstances, and geographical area.

The Access Edinburgh Scholarships are for full-time undergraduate students who live in the UK. The Access Edinburgh Scholarships are funded by the University and the generosity of our supporters.

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Andrea Levy Scholarships

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