The Andrea Levy Scholarship
The University of Edinburgh is privileged to offer scholarships to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds, made possible by a gift from the family of the late Andrea Levy.
Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.
The Andrea Levy Scholarships were established in 2020 in memory of multi-award winning novelist, Andrea Levy. Born in London to Jamaican parents, Ms Levy held longstanding family and personal links to Edinburgh and to Scotland, and the University of Edinburgh is honoured to contribute to her legacy by hosting this scholarship programme.
The scholarship will fully cover home UK tuition fees (where relevant) and a maintenance stipend of £5,000 per annum to help with the scholar’s living expenses, and is tenable for the duration of their programme of study.
This 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.
Applicants must satisfy the following to be considered for this scholarship:
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
- Accepted for admission to a first undergraduate full time degree programme at the University of Edinburgh commencing study in the 2021-2022 academic year.
- Have been assessed for fee status as a 'home' student.
- Made an application to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for tuition fee support and maintenance loan or Student Finance (England, Wales or Northern Ireland) for tuition fee and maintenance loans. Confirmation you will be in receipt of full financial support for the 2021-2022 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 assess applications using the following:
Household income - Priority will be given to applicants whose household income is assessed as £23,999 or less. Applicants with a household income of between £24,000 and £33,900 may also apply.
Your application statement of between 600 and 900 words explaining:
- Why the scholarship would be beneficial to your studies and how it would help you to achieve your academic goals
- How your education would be of future benefit to your community and/or society
- What achievements, academically and personally, you are most proud of. This could include overcoming a challenging personal circumstance - there is no right or wrong answer, we are keen to hear your story.
Other factors - We may consider any other personal or academic circumstances that could have influenced or impacted applicants in their education to date. Further information on widening access at the University of Edinburgh can be found here
The deadline for applications is 30th June 2021.
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:
- Full name
- Student number (e.g. S1234567) or if not known your UCAS number
- Programme of study
- Name of School or College you are currently attending
- Email address
- Confirmation that you have applied, been assessed for and expect to be in receipt of the maximum level of support from the government through Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), Student Finance (England, Wales or Northern Ireland) for tuition fees and maintenance loans and that you have provided consent to share your information with the University.
- Confirmation this is your first undergraduate degree programme, and you have not started a degree programme previously
- Confirmation you understand external representatives supporting this scholarship will be reviewing your application and any submitted documentation as part of the selection process.
- Agreement that your UCAS references (personal and supporting statements) will be used as part of the selection process.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview to discuss their aspirations and to answer any questions they have. Further information and guidance will follow.
The application form can also be used to apply for the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship, further information on this scholarship can be found here
All applicants will receive notification by the end of August 2021.