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01 June 2022

Applications open for new scholarship to support disadvantaged Black British students at King's

In partnership with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation, King’s has launched a new scholarship for disadvantaged Black British students to improve access to higher education.

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Applications are now open for a new scholarship for Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically underrepresented backgrounds with an annual household income of £25,000 or less with an offer to study at King’s.

King’s has partnered with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) to offer the scholarships which will provide funding from September 2022. The CSF funded scholarships will support recipients for up to three years, covering their home UK tuition fees and providing a maintenance bursary of up to £10,000 for each year of their course.

Available to British students who hold an offer to study a full-time undergraduate degree at King’s, the scheme is driven by the aim to address the gap in degree attainment between Black and white British students. The partnership with CSF, which began in 2021, is part of King’s widening participation commitment to improving access and success for students who are from a Black or minority ethnic background.

The CSF is a charitable foundation that seeks to support applicants from socio-economically under-represented backgrounds into higher education – unlocking opportunities and supporting social mobility. Through the scholarship, the charity is aiming to fund 100 Black British students attending UK universities over the next 10 years. As well as financial support, the foundation also provides benefits such as mentorship and programmes that are intended to develop and empower its scholars. More information on CSF can be found here.

The deadline for applications is 10 June 2022, applications can be made here. More information on eligibility can be found here.

University education must be accessible to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, or social class, and this initiative supports our commitment to advance access and race equality at King’s. We are excited to be continuing our ongoing work through our partnership with CSF. We look forward to welcoming the recipients of this scholarship to our diverse community and supporting them as they develop into the next generation of Black British graduates.

Professor Adam Fagan, Vice-Principal (Education) at King's College London

We are proud of our diverse community at King’s and inclusion runs central to our vision as a world leading university, serving the needs of society. As an educational organisation we have been examining how we can improve inclusion and take even more steps to making a positive change and ensure King’s is a welcoming place to all. This important new initiative provides an opportunity to harness education for positive change and supports our commitment and ongoing work to advance race equality at our university.

Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President (Global Engagement) at King's College London