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', personal and academic support, UCAS advice and scholarship signposting for undergraduate progression

Number of awards: two scholarships starting in 2022

Available to: prospective UPC students from forced migration backgrounds currently living in the UK

Level: pre-undergraduate

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

Application opening date: 1 February 2022

Application closing date: 1 July 2022

Result: by 5 August 2022


To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 below £42,875) – please refer to the application guidance notes
  • not have qualifications which allow you to apply directly to undergraduate degrees (e.g. full 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 able to live in London and support yourself financially for the academic year.

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

Applications will open in February 2022.

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

  • First, show your interest by emailing the UPC admissions coordinator.
  • You’ll then invite you to a pre-application ‘first contact’ discussion with our admissions coordinator.
  • After this meeting, we’ll send you a link to complete your online application. Please read our application guidance notes carefully before applying.

UPC application

You’ll also need to complete the standard UPC application stages:

  1. Fill out the online application form and submit any available documents. This may include proof of immigration status, school transcripts, English language qualifications and references. If you don’t have an English language qualification, we may invite you to an academic English assessment.
  2. Take one or two entrance test(s)
  3. Have an interview.

Scholarship interview

If you're successful in these stages, we'll invite you to a second interview. During this, you can discuss your Bowman Scholarship application with the UPC admissions coordinator. This confidential discussion might concern additional financial needs as well as your health and wellbeing.

If you have a successful second interview, we’ll select your application for consideration. We’ll also need you to show that you can meet the additional eligibility criteria below by 2 September 2022.

Confirmation form and additional eligibility criteria

If you receive a Bowman Scholarship, we’ll send you a confirmation form to complete. You’ll have to submit the following documents for your full academic year:

  • Proof of housing 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 (£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.


We’ll consider your academic and personal achievements as well as your future academic plans and financial situation.

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.

A panel of UCL staff will consider all suitable candidates for a final decision. You’ll hear the result by 5 August 2022.

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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.