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Durham University


Brian Cooper Scholarship

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.

  • The Brian Cooper Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship to a local student with a household income level below £42,875 as assessed by Student Finance England
  • Applicants should 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 hte following postcode regions: DH4, DH5, DH6, SR7, SR8, TS27, TS28 and TS29.
  • Educated at a state-maintained school, college or other secondary education provider

Level of Study


Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for programmes commencing in 2021/22


All undergraduate programmes, including Foundation Years if applicable

£13,000 per academic year which will contribute towards tuition fees, living costs and other associated costs of study


The duration of their programme at Durham University

Number of awards available


Prospective applicants must:

  • Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS prior to the scholarship deadline 28th February 2021
  • Stage 2:

Submit the following by 28th February 2021

    • an online scholarship application including a personal statement describing; your financial circumstances, how the Brian Cooper Scholarship would help you to study at Durham University and why you want to study at Durham University
    • a character reference from one of your teachers in support of your scholarship application to be sent 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 and your full name.
Please provide a copy of your Student Finance England confirmation of funding letter once received to .

Applications accepted:

18th December 2020

Application deadline:

28th February 2021

When candidates will hear the outcome of their application:

30th April 2021

  • All eligible applications will be considered on the basis of their personal statements, reference and academic status.
  • Other scholarship awards may also be taken into account when considering the allocation of the scholarship (e.g. if you are eligibile, you can apply for both the Brian Cooper Scholarships and the Robert Young Scholarship, but you can only hold one of the awards).

For further information or advice:


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395

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