Scholarships and Student Funding

Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

The University of Edinburgh and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will offer at least one scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds. Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing an undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information on the Foundation can be found here

 Higher Education has the power to transform lives – not just of those who study at Edinburgh, but also for their families and communities. I am proud that we are part of the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation, which will help our ongoing commitment to ensure that students from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible can not only study here, but feel that they truly belong and have the opportunity to thrive.

Professor Peter MathiesonPrincipal, the University of Edinburgh


The scholarship will cover home UK tuition fees, if relevant and the successful scholar will qualify for a maintenance stipend which is tenable for the duration of their programme of study.   This award does not affect eligibility for Access Edinburgh Scholarship and both awards can be held at the same time.   A total financial package of up to £8,000.  Further information on the Access Edinburgh Scholarship can be found here


Applicants must satisfy the following to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Have one of the following categories of ethnicity:   Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)
  • 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.


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.

Area of residence and measures of educational challenges, often referred to as socio-economic metrics.  Further information on widening access at the University of Edinburgh can be found here

Your personal statement of between 600 and 900 words explaining:

  • Why the scholarship would be beneficial to your studies
  • 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, are you most proud of? This could include overcoming a challenging personal circumstance. There is no right or wrong answer.  We are keen to hear your personal story.


We expect the application process for the scholarship to open in April 2021 and will close on 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
  • Ethnicity
  • 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 representatives from Cowrie Scholarship Foundation 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.


All applicants will receive notification by the first week of September.

Related links

Cowrie Scholarship Foundation

Widening Participation at Edinburgh

Access Edinburgh Scholarship