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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (International Foundation)

The Bowman Scholarships are for UK-based students of forced migration backgrounds who do not have the qualifications to enter an undergraduate degree, or the funding to study a foundation year.

Bowman Scholarships

The Bowman Scholarships have been launched to support talented UK-based students from forced migration backgrounds to access higher education. 

The scholarship provides two students with a full fee waiver to the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (UPC) - UCL’s International Foundation Year, from September 2021.

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

For more details please visit the Bowman Scholarships page.


Other sources of funding

Talk to your department about any programme or subject specific funding that may be available.

From time to time external organisations contact the UCL Funding team with funding opportunities. We place these on an online notice board. UCL does not administer or take responsibility for any of these schemes.

Some students choose to apply for personal loans provided by private finance companies. UCL is not affiliated with or able to endorse any private loan providers.

Online aggregators like Scholarship Search and International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search contain information on a variety of external schemes.
If you have specific circumstances or ethnic or religious background it is worth searching for scholarships, bursaries and grants that relate to those things. Some schemes are very specific. Also try subject specific searches.

Turn2Us Grants Search database contains information on over 3,000 charitable funds offering welfare and educational grants, as well as other support and services. 

Find out more about external funding options

The charity Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has a hardship fund for international students from developing countries who are facing financial hardship in the final stages of their course.

Lists of charitable grants and awards are kept in the following directories which are held in UCL libraries - see references below:

Charities Digest: Selected charities & voluntary organisations

  • 1x Main Library - Reference R 20 CHA
  • 1x IOE Library - Reference Collection, Level 4, RF3 HEW CHA

Directory of Grant Making Trusts 

  • 2x Main Library - Reference R 20 DIR
  • 1x IOE Library - Reference Collection, Level 4, RF3 HEW DIR

Grants Register

  • 1x Main Library - Ref Collection M, Reference R 20 GRA
  • 1x School of Pharmacy Library - Reference Shelves, Pharmacy 378.3 GRA

Guide to Educational Grants

  • 1x Main Library - Reference R 20 GUI
  • 1x IOE Library -  Reference Collection, Level 4, RF3 EDU

Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need

  • 1x Main Library - Reference R 20 GUI