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Durham University


Robert Young Scholarship

This scholarship is available thanks to an historic £1 million donation by local entrepreneur and former Councillor Robert Young. This is the largest ever scholarship donation in the history of Durham University, an incredible gift that will enable Durham University to award at least one £10,000 scholarship every year for the forseeable future.
  • Educated at a state-maintained County Durham school, college or other secondary education provider for two of the most recent four years of their education
  • Have a household income below £42,875 (17/18 rates) based on an assessment carried out by Student Finance England. Preference will be given to applicants with a household income below £25,000.
  • Resident in County Durham at the point of submitting an academic application through UCAS for a place at Durham University.

For the purposes of determining eligibility for the Robert Young Scholarship "resident in County Durham" is defined as having a residential postcode which starts with any one of the letter/number combinations in this document with the exception of the listed exclusions.

Level of Study


Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for programmes commencing in 2021/22


All undergraduate programmes

£10,000 per year which covers-

  • Payment of tuition fees (up to £10,000)
  • Remaining balance paid towards college accommodation costs if the recipient is living in or directly to the recipient if they are living in private accommodation


The duration of their programme at Durham University subject to adherence to terms and conditions

Number of awards available


Prospective applicants must:

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

Submit by 28th February 2021

    • a scholarship application including a personal statement of no more than 4,000 characters describing; your financial circumstances, how the Robert Young 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, contact details and your full name.
Please provide a copy of your Student Finance England confirmation of funding letter once received to

Applications accepted from

18th December 2020

Application deadline

28th February 2021

When candidates will hear the outcome of their application by:

30th April 2021

  • All eligible applications for the Robert Young Scholarship will be considered on the basis of their personal statement, reference and academic status.
  • Other scholarship awards may also be taken into account when considering the allocation of the scholarship.
  • The University may use additional datasets to identify applicants who come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression to higher education or high levels of socio economic deprevation.

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