The Cowrie Foundation Scholarship – Last chance for application submissions for 2022

The University of Liverpool and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) is offering a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically under-represented backgrounds.  The closing date for applications is the end of April 2022.

About CSF

The CSF is a charitable foundation with a mission to fund 100 disadvantaged Black British students through leading UK universities in the next decade. The organisation has secured partnerships with a number of universities including the University of Liverpool.

In partnership with donors and business the CSF aims to provide full scholarships removing a significant barrier to world-class education at UK universities for the target beneficiaries.

The CSF also aims to provide more than just money and will offer mentorship, role models, and resilience programmes for the students who benefit from scholarships to make the most of the opportunity.

The CSF was founded by Richard Oreffo, a University of Liverpool alumnus, to allow economically disadvantaged black students to attend UK universities.

“Education has the power to transform lives, not only for the students but for their families, the wider community and indeed the world. As an alumnus, I am delighted, the University of Liverpool will be part of the scholarship programme, providing an opportunity for socio-economically disadvantaged Black British students to enter higher education. Lives will change.”


As a Cowrie Scholar at the University of Liverpool, your tuition fees will be covered and you will receive a contribution towards living costs of £8,000 per year (excluding paid placement years).

You will also benefit from an extensive mentorship programme consisting of:

  • Support from at least two personal Cowrie Scholarship Foundation mentors who will work with you during your degree programme
  • Workshops with partner companies
  • Work shadow activities
  • Training
  • Skills development
  • Annual conference

Eligibility and Criteria

Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing undergraduate study in the academic year 2022/2023.

Please check your eligibility before making an application. Awards may be withdrawn if we later become aware that successful scholars have not met eligibility criteria or to have provided false information.

The Cowrie Foundation Scholarship may also be held in conjunction with other applicable University of Liverpool widening participation bursaries. A list of bursaries can be found in the FAQ’s.

More information on the scholarship and how to apply can be found here.