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.

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 information

Value: Full UPC tuition fees. Bowman scholars will also receive on-going academic and personal support, UCAS advice and scholarship signposting for their UG progression.

Number of awards: Two scholarships are available to students starting in 2021.

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 academic potential

Application deadline: 1 August 2021

Result: by 3 September 2021

The scholarships are named in memory of our esteemed colleague Dr Peter Bowman, UPC Chemistry Lecturer, Science Coordinator and Admissions Tutor. Read more about Dr Peter Bowman.


To be eligible for a Bowman Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria at the start of your application:

  • 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) – please refer to the Application Guidance Notes;
  • 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 yourself financially for the academic year.

UCL offers scholarships to certain students who are eligible for direct entry to undergraduate degrees but who, due to their immigration status, are unable to access support from Student Finance. For further information, please visit the Access Opportunities Scholarships website.

How to apply

Scholarship application

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

  1. You will first have to email the UPC Admissions Coordinator to indicate your interest.
  2. You will then be invited to a pre-application ‘first contact’ discussion with the UPC Admissions Coordinator.
  3. 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;
  • take one or two entrance test(s);
  • have an interview.

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 in the second interview, your application will be selected for consideration. You will have to confirm your application details are up-to-date and show you can meet the additional eligibility criteria (see below) by 1 September 2021.

Confirmation form and additional eligibility criteria

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.


We will consider your educational and personal circumstances as well as your academic plans and ambitions. Financial circumstances will also be considered.

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. You will be notified of the outcome by 3 September 2021.

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About Dr Peter Bowman

Dr Peter Bowman
Peter joined the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) in October 2005 as a Lecturer in Chemistry on the UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE).

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

In his 15 years with CLIE, Peter made a difference in every area that he was involved with. His dedication to education and teaching was exemplary. Students praised his innovative teaching and his commitment to Chemistry.

Peter represented CLIE and the UPC around the world on many recruitment, admissions and marketing trips. He shaped the life of many young international scholars when sharing our educational vision with them.