The Andrea Levy Scholarship – Due to a generous donation from the family of the late Andrea Levy, the University of Edinburgh has the honor of providing scholarships to help students of Black African and Caribbean descent who come from low-income households.
In honor of the numerous award-winning novelist Andrea Levy, the Andrea Levy Scholarships were created in 2020.
It is an honor for the University of Edinburgh to offer this scholarship program in memory of Ms. Levy, who was born in London to Jamaican parents and had deep personal and family ties to Edinburgh and Scotland.
Throughout your undergraduate degree, the Scholarship will fully pay for your tuition as well as living expenses.
The Scholarship will cover:
- your tuition fees*, and
- a stipend of £5,000 per annum to help with your living expenses
The Scholarship is tenable for the duration of your programme of study, which is typically four years but can be longer.
This award does not affect your eligibility for an Access Edinburgh Scholarship (£1,000 – £5,000 per annum, depending on your circumstances), and both awards can be held at the same time. The total available towards your living expenses is therefore up to £10,000 for every year of your course.
*The full cost of your tuition fees, which for most ‘rest of the UK students is £9,250 per annum, will be covered by the scholarship. If you are a resident of Scotland your fees will be covered by SAAS.
To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- have one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black Caribbean; Black African; Black Other; Mixed – White/Black Caribbean; Mixed – White /Black African; or Other mixed backgrounds that include Caribbean heritage. We particularly encourage applicants with any form of Caribbean heritage to apply.
- Be starting a first undergraduate full-time degree programme at the University of Edinburgh in the 2023-24 academic year.
- Have been assessed for fee status as a ‘home’ student (meaning that you ordinarily live in Scotland, England, Wales, or Northern Ireland).
- Have a household income below £34,000 per annum.
We will assess applications using the following:
- Household income – Priority will be given to applicants whose household income is assessed as £23,999 or less. Applicants with a household income of between £24,000 and £33,900 may also apply.
- Your application statement of between 600 and 900 words explaining:
- What achievements, academically and/or personally, you are most proud of. This could include overcoming a challenging personal circumstance. There is no right or wrong answer, we are keen to hear your story.
- Why the scholarship would be beneficial to your studies and how it would help you to achieve your academic goals.
- How your education would be of future benefit to your community and/or society.
Other factors – We may consider any other personal or academic circumstances that could have influenced or impacted applicants in their education to date. Further information on widening access at the University of Edinburgh can be found here
Scholarship Application Process
Please check your eligibility before making an application. Awards may be withdrawn if we later become aware successful scholars have not met eligibility criteria or have provided false information.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the following information:
- Full name
- Student number (e.g. S1234567) or if not known your UCAS number
- Programme of study
- Name of School or College you are currently attending
- Email address
- Confirmation that you have applied, been assessed for, and expect to be in receipt of the maximum level of support from the government through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), Student Finance (England, Wales, or Northern Ireland) for tuition fees and maintenance loans and that you have provided consent to share your information with the University.
- Confirmation this is your first undergraduate degree programme, and you have not started a degree programme previously
- Confirmation you understand external representatives supporting this scholarship will be reviewing your application and any submitted documentation as part of the selection process.
- Agreement that your UCAS references (personal and supporting statements) will be used as part of the selection process.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview to discuss their aspirations and answer any questions they have. Further information and guidance will follow.
Applications are now being accepted for students starting their studies in September 2023. The submission
Application Deadline: The deadline for your application is April 14, 2023.
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