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Are you a UK-based student of forced migration backgrounds who do not have the qualifications to enter an undergraduate degree, nor the finances to study a foundation year? Then you should apply for the Bowman Scholarships at University College London.

The Bowman Scholarships offer two talented students a full fee waiver for the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (UPC), UCL’s International Foundation course, on either the Sciences and Engineering (UPCSE) or the Humanities and Social Sciences (UPCH) pathway. 

Application Deadline: 1 August 2021

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Benefits

Successful applicants get:

  • Full UPC tuition fees. 
  • On-going academic and personal support
  • UCAS advice 
  • Scholarship signposting for their UG progression.

Eligibility

The opportunity is open to :

  • Prospective UPC students from forced migration backgrounds currently living in the UK

Requirements/Specifications/Terms and Conditions

Prospective candidates must:

  • be living in the UK;
  • be a forced migrant as defined by UCL;
  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL (i.e with a household income of less than £42,875)
  • not have a qualification which allows you to apply directly to undergraduate degrees (e.g. full A levels);
  • not have completed undergraduate study
  • be planning to apply to a UCL undergraduate degree (excluding: Fine Art BA/BFA and Medicine MBBS);
  • be able to live in London and to support themselves financially for the academic year.

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Application Instructions

Applications are made directly to the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

  • You will first have to email the UPC Admissions Coordinator to indicate your interest.
  • You will then be invited to a pre-application ‘first contact’ discussion with the UPC Admissions Coordinator.
  • Following the meeting, you will be sent a link to complete your online application. 
  • Please read the Application Guidance Notes carefully before submitting.

UPC application

  • You will also need to complete the standard UPC application stages:
  • Complete the online application form and submit any available documents, such as proof of immigration status, school transcripts, English language qualification and references. 
  • If you do not have an English language qualification, we may invite you to an academic English assessment.

Scholarship interview

  • If you are successful in these three stages, you will be invited to a second interview with the UPC Admissions Coordinator.
  • This is an opportunity to discuss anything else which you feel might support your application for the Bowman Scholarship. These discussions will be confidential and may concern a range of issues, such as additional financial support needs, future financial planning, or health and wellbeing related support.

If you are successful, you will be sent a confirmation form to complete and asked to submit the following documentation for the duration of your academic year:

  • Proof of accommodation in London (e.g. tenancy agreement, signed declaration of host or sponsor, confirmation from UCL Student Housing)
  • Proof of personal financial support for your living costs (£5,000) and if applicable your accommodation costs (£8,000). 
  • This can either be by proof of available funds and/or proof of sponsorship  or bursary.

About the Bowman Scholarships at University College London

UCL recognises that students from forced migration backgrounds can face particular obstacles when accessing Higher Education.

The Bowman Scholarships offer two talented students a full fee waiver for the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (UPC), UCL’s International Foundation course, on either the Sciences and Engineering (UPCSE) or the Humanities and Social Sciences (UPCH) pathway. The UPC provides students with a qualification to enter an undergraduate degree at UCL or other top-ranked UK universities.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application deadline: 1 August 2021

Result: 3 September 2021

Selection criteria: Educational, personal and financial circumstances, as well as academic background and academic potential

The selection panel will assess your application based on your:

  • application form;
  • entrance test(s) results;
  • academic English assessment (where applicable);
  • interviews;
  • additional eligibility criteria;
  • assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility and selection criteria;
  • results.

All suitable candidates will be considered by a panel composed of UCL staff for a final decision. 

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