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Durham University


Durham University Military Scholarship

Durham University and the British military have a long and illustrious history of association. Many alumni have laid the foundations for nationally significant military careers during their studies in the North East. Furthermore, Military Scholars will become members of St. Cuthbert’s Society, one of the University's oldest student communities, which has itself an extensive military heritage. Many staff and students fought in both First and Second World Wars and, in 1946, the Society was re-founded by veterans of the war.

The University is indebted to Patrick (Paddy) Walker, an alumnus (St.Cuthbert’s Society 1980-83) who initiated the Military Scholarships programme in 2011 by creating the first two Scholarships in honour of Lieutenant Abraham Slowe – 6th Batallion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and Brigadier Harry Walker – 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guard. One of the two inaugural scholars became the first person in his family to go to University.

Taking Paddy’s vision forward, we are delighted to be able to launch an expanded programme with increased support from a number of trusts and foundations. Thanks to their support, and generous contributions from individual donors, Durham University is able to award scholarships of up to £20,000 per scholar. The Scholarships are designed to support an individual who has been injured, wounded, or sick as a direct result of military service, or an immediate member of their family.

Durham University would like to express its sincere gratitude to Walking with the Wounded, ABF the Soldiers' Charity, The Reece Foundation, The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, Sir James Knott Trust, The D S Smith Charitable Foundation, Borrows Charitable Trust, Lt Dougie Dalzel Memorial Trust, The Stuart Halbert Foundation, Greenwich Hospital and the 3Ts Charitable Trust for their continued support.

Durham University and our generous supporters hope to make a real difference to the lives of Military Scholars. The intention is to provide a life changing opportunity for committed students who have made the personal choice to return to education following a period of military service. Scholars can be either an individual who has been honourably discharged or their direct family member. Preference with be given to applicants who have been injured, wounded or are sick as a direct result of military service, or their direct family member.

Service in the British Armed Forces

Someone who has served in The British Army, The Royal Navy, The Royal Marines or The Royal Air Force.

An immediate family member of an ex-service person - someone who is related to the ex-service person by blood, marriage or legal agreement and who is financially dependent or co-dependent on the income and provision of the ex-service person.

Level of Study


Year of Entry

New applicants for the academic year 2021/22

Mode of Study

Full-time or Part-time (pro rata)


1 scholarship available for applicants studying any of the undergraduate programmes available at Durham University

2 scholarships available to applicants who are applying to study undergraduate STEM subjects with preference given to applicants looking to study Engineering.


Up to 4 years full time study


  • Full time Scholars receive £5,000 per year for a maximum of four years

  • Funding can be used as either maintenance support or payment towards tuition fees.

Number of awards available

3 Preference will be given to applicants who are/have been wounded, injured or sick as a direct result of Military Service or their dependent family members

Prospective applicants must:

  • Stage 1: have submitted an academic application to Durham University via UCAS by 31st March 2021

  • Stage 2: submit an online scholarship application; by 31st March 2021 including a personal statement outlining:

    • how your personal circumstances/experiences make you eligible for a Military Scholarship,

    • how the scholarship would help you to study at Durham University,

    • why you want to study at Durham University.

Applications accepted from

25th February 2021

Application Deadline

31st March 2021

When candidates will hear the outcome of their application

31st May 2021

Further Information

As part of the scholarship application applicants are asked to provide copies of discharge papers and where relevant evidence of illness or injury directly resulting from serving in the military, to be sent by email to

  • All eligible applications for the Military Scholarships will be considered on the basis of their personal statement, references and academic status.

  • Other scholarship awards may be taken into account when considering scholarship allocation.

  • The University may also use Acorn data to indentify applicants from areas currently under represented in the undergraduate population.

For further information or advice:


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395

The University of Durham 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) change 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