UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Bowman Scholarships: applications are now open

4 February 2022

The Bowman Scholarships are awarded to talented UK-based students from forced migration backgrounds to help them get into university.

Peter Bowman speaking to a student in a lab class

Named in memory of our esteemed colleague Dr Peter Bowman, the scholarship fully funds the course fees for the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (UPC) – UCL’s International Foundation Year.

The scheme aims to give underrepresented groups living in the UK the opportunity to study at university, especially those whose studies have been interrupted by immigration status.

Plus, eligible students will receive additional support through a 'Campus Pack', to help with transport, digital equipment and connectivity, catering and other academic material costs when required.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they do not have the qualifications to enter higher education directly, nor have the financial means to fund an undergraduate preparation course themselves.

A former Bowman Scholarship Student commented:

I was a forced migrant, and due to my situation, I was not able to afford the tuition fees for international students and, with the high school qualifications I had, A-Levels was not appropriate for me.

Thanks to the Bowman Scholarship, I could get back into studies, prepare for and progress to my undergraduate degree aim in Pharmacy at UCL.

Raphaëla Armbruster, Coordinator of UPC Admissions, said:

The mission of the UPC since its inception has been to ensure participation of talented and ambitious international students to UCL and top-ranked universities in the UK. We aim to support access to undergraduate studies for a wider group of international students, as well as recognise the impact of forced migration and mobility in students’ lives, expectations and prospects.

Application deadline: Friday 1 July 2022

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on UCL’s central London campus. Experienced UCL teachers support students to develop their academic skills, English and subject knowledge.

Following completion of the UPC, students will gain a qualification to enrol on an undergraduate degree at UCL or another top UK university and be prepared to excel in their future studies.

For further information about the scholarship, including full eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit the Bowman Scholarships website.