UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


The Bowman Scholarships

The Bowman Scholarships are for UK-based students of forced migration backgrounds who do not have the qualifications to enter an undergraduate degree, nor the finances to study a foundation year.

We know that the experience of forced migration limits students' access to Higher Education. This is why we offer the Bowman Scholarships.

Each year, we support two UK-based students from forced migration backgrounds who don’t have the qualifications to enter an undergraduate degree and the finances to pay for their tuition fees.

The Bowman Scholarships will fully fund the course fees to access the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (UPC) International Foundation, on either the Sciences and Engineering or the Humanities and Social Sciences pathway. Eligible students will also receive some additional support through a 'Campus Pack' for e.g. transport, digital equipment and connectivity, catering and other academic material costs when required.

The UPC International Foundation year qualifies students to go on to study degrees at UCL or other top UK universities.

The scholarships are named in memory of our esteemed colleague Dr Peter Bowman. He was a UPC chemistry lecturer, science coordinator and admissions tutor at UCL.

Key information

Value: full UPC tuition fees, Campus Pack, UCAS application support, Sanctuary Scholarships application support for undergraduate progression

Number of awards: two scholarships starting in 2023

Available to: prospective UPC students from forced migration backgrounds living in London or the Greater London area

Level: pre-undergraduate

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

Application opening date: 15 February 2023

Application closing date: 15 June 2023

Result: by 1 August 2023


To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • be a forced migrant as defined by UCL
  • be living in London or the Greater London area
  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL (i.e. with a household income below £42,875)
  • not have qualifications which allow you to apply directly to undergraduate degrees (e.g. A levels)
  • not have completed undergraduate study
  • intend to study a UCL undergraduate degree excluding: Fine Art BA/BFA, Medicine MBBS and Medical Sciences Engineering BSc
  • be living in London and able to support yourself in accommodation and living costs for the academic year (September – July).

For degree-eligible students whose immigration status stops them accessing student finance, we can help. Please visit our Access Opportunity Scholarship page to learn more.

How to apply

Scholarship application

We receive applications at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

  • First, show your interest by emailing the Bowman Scholarship Admissions.
  • You’ll be sent to a Pre-Application ‘first contact’ Form to fill in online.
  • Shortly after, we will contact you by email to confirm if you can start your application. We’ll send you a link to complete an online Application Form.

There is no charge for the application.

Read the Application Guidance Notes here.

UPC application

To complete the UPC Application Form:

1. Fill in the online Application Form and submit any relevant documents.

This should include proof of immigration status, proof of address, school transcripts if available, English language qualifications if available, a personal statement and a reference. If you don’t have an English language qualification, we will invite you to an academic English assessment at a later stage.

You will need to choose and name the UCL degree you wish to apply to and which two optional subjects you want to take on the UPC. Please refer to our optional subjects selection guide here.

You must choose one undergraduate degree only.

2. You will then be invited to take one or two entrance test(s).

The tests you will take depend on the optional subjects you wish to take on the UPC.

There are two dates when you can take the entrance tests:

  • Saturday 22 April 2023
  • Saturday 1 July 2023

Each test lasts approximately one hour and has to be taken online. You will not be offered to take the tests at other times.

3. If successful in your tests, you will be invited for an interview.

We will mark your entrance tests and, if you are successful, we will send you an invitation for an academic interview. Following the interview, your application will be complete, and we will inform you a few days after whether we will consider you for the Scholarship.

You will need to show that you can meet the additional eligibility criteria by 15 July 2023 (see below).

Scholarship interview

We may invite you to a second interview with the Bowman Scholarship Coordinator. This is a confidential discussion where we may discuss any further questions relating to your application, additional financial needs as well as health and wellbeing.

Additional eligibility criteria

You will have to submit the following documents by July 15:

  • Proof of housing in London or the Greater London area (e.g., tenancy agreement, signed declaration of host or sponsor, confirmation from UCL Student Housing) for the Sept-July period
  • Proof of personal financial support for your living costs (£3,000) and if applicable, for your accommodation costs (£8,000). This can be either be proof of available funds and/or proof of sponsorship or bursary.

If you don’t have an English language qualification, or are not able to provide one, we will invite you to an academic English assessment.


The Bowman Scholarship Selection Panel will assess your application, and consider your academic and personal achievements, future academic plans and financial situation.

You will be informed of the result by 1 August 2023.

Accepting the Scholarship

If you receive the offer of a Bowman Scholarship, we will send you a confirmation form to complete and send back to us.

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About Dr Peter Bowman

Dr Peter Bowman

Peter joined CLIE in October 2005. He taught chemistry on the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE).

Later, Peter coordinated the science team and became the UPCSE's admissions tutor.

In his 15 years with CLIE, he made a real difference across his areas of expertise. His dedication to education and teaching was outstanding. Our students praised his innovative teaching and his commitment to chemistry.

Peter represented CLIE and the UPC on worldwide recruitment, admissions and marketing trips. He shaped the life of many young international students in sharing our academic vision with them.