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Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

Supporting a student of Black African or Caribbean heritage throughout their undergraduate study.

About the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

Find out about the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship.


The University of Bath and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation will be supporting a student of Black African or Caribbean heritage throughout their undergraduate study.

As a Cowrie Scholar at The University of Bath, your tuition fees will be covered and you will receive a contribution towards living costs of £8,000 per year (excluding paid placement years).

You will also benefit from an extensive mentorship programme consisting of:

  • Support from at least two personal Cowrie Scholarship Foundation mentors who will work with you during your degree programme
  • Workshops with partner companies
  • Work shadow activities
  • Training
  • Skills development
  • Annual conference

Cowrie scholars are expected to actively participate and input in these activities.

Payments will be made at the same time as payments made by Student Finance England (or equivalent student loans awarding agency). You will receive three equal instalments in September, January and April each year.


Eligibility Criteria

Find out if you are eligible to apply for the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship.


To be considered you must meet all of the following:

  • Be of 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) heritage
  • Be an eligible new first-year Home UK* undergraduate student starting studies in 2022/3
  • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course
  • Be eligible for and have a UK student loans household income assessment of £25,000 or below**

You must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

*Eligible UK students are those assessed as eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans, as determined by Student Finance England, or other relevant UK student loans awarding agency, and have a home fee status determined by the University. When applying for the maintenance loan, you should request for these to be based on your household income.

**You need to request a household income assessment to be completed by your student loans awarding agency, even if you are not planning on taking out a student loan. Find out more about applying for household income assessments.

If you are successful in receiving the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship, you will not be eligible for the Bath Bursary or Gold Scholarship Programme award. If you are unsuccessful in receiving the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship, you will be considered for the Gold Scholarship Programme award if you have applied.


How to apply

Find out how to apply for the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship.


Application Timeline

  • Mid-February onwards: All 2022 entry offer-holders sent information about scholarships and bursaries
  • May onwards: Firm and insurance offer-holders for 2022 entry will be emailed information on how to apply
  • 5 September 2022: Applications close for the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship
  • 9 September 2022: Notification of the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship award outcomes will be emailed

Application Process

New first year undergraduates who are due to start studies in 2022 will be invited to apply for the Cowrie Foundation Scholarship through your University of Bath Application Tracker. You will be required to provide a supporting statement. You will be invited, by email, to do this from mid May 2022, if you have made us your Firm or Insurance choice via UCAS.

Make sure you have given permission for your/your family's household income assessment to be shared with the University by your student loans awarding agency. This is needed so we can assess your eligibility for our funding awards.


Other funding opportunities

Find out about other funding opportunities.


See full terms and conditions for more information

2022/23 Terms and Conditions

Contact us

Contact the Student Retention & Success Team for more information.