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The Brian Cooper Scholarship Fund

The Brian Cooper Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship to a local student in need of financial assistance. This scholarship is available thanks to a very generous donation by the family of Brian Cooper and will enable Durham University to award at least one £13,000 scholarship for several years.

This Scholarship complements the existing work that the University is undertaking to attract talented students from the region to study at Durham.

Amount £13,000 per academic year which contributes to:
  • tuition fees
  • living costs
  • other associated costs of study
Year of Entry Applicants for programmes commencing in October 2024
Number of awards available One
Level of study Undergraduate
Mode of study Full-time
Programmes All undergraduate programmes, including Foundation Years if applicable
Duration 3 years of your undergraduate degree programme.


Applicant must:

  • have a household income level below £42,875 as assessed by Student Finance

  • be resident in County Durham, at the point of submitting an academic application through UCAS for a place at Durham University, with preference being given to residents of the East of Durham. Residence in the East of County Durham is defined as residing in one of the following postcode regions: DH4, DH5, DH6, SR7, SR8, TS27, TS28 and TS29

  • be educated at a state-maintained school, college or another secondary education provider

Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us for advice.

How to apply

  1. Complete a scholarship application

    Submit an academic application to Durham University by the UCAS deadline of 21st March 2024 and a scholarship application by the deadline including a personal statement describing:

    • your financial circumstances
    • how the Brian Cooper Scholarship would help you to study at Durham University
    • why you want to study at Durham University


    Scholarship Application deadline

    21st March 2024

    When candidates will hear the outcome


    End April 2024

  2. Submit a character reference

    Submit a character reference by the application deadline of 21st March 2024.


    This should be from one of your teachers in support of your scholarship application. Send by email to


    Please ensure your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains:

    • their name
    • position (e.g. teacher or employer)
    • contact details
    • the name of the scholarship you are applying for
    • your full name
    Submit a character reference
  3. Confirm your funding

    Please provide a copy of your Student Finance England confirmation of funding letter once received to

    Confirm your funding
  4. Selection process

    All eligible applications will be considered on the basis of their personal statements, reference and academic status.

    Other scholarship awards may be taken into account when considering the allocation of the scholarship (e.g. if you are eligible, you can apply for both the Brian Cooper Scholarship and the Robert Young Scholarship, however you can only hold one of the awards).


Durham University makes every effort to ensure that the information published or contained on its website is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not subsequently be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University's reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) changes in Government policy or change of law. Whilst any changes will be incorporated into the University's website any person wishing to clarify the details of a particular scholarship/s should contact the University at

Get in touch

If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a scholarship or the application process, get in touch with our Scholarships and Student Funding Office:

Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Durham University

Palatine Centre

Stockton Road



Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 8997