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The Barbara Raw English Scholarship for Black UK Students

The Barbara Raw English Scholarship for Black UK Students

Two scholarships are available for new undergraduate students studying for a single or joint honours degree in the Department of English (see the full list of eligible courses below).

The scholarship is a £6,000 cash award (payable over three years) and is available to Black UK students with Home fee status.

Am I eligible?

You must have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, high grades in A-level or equivalent. As a guide, previous applicants have achieved, or been predicted, AAA or equivalent.

You must have one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other).

You must hold a current conditional or unconditional offer to study one of our following degree courses: 

  • BA English
  • BA English and Drama
  • BA English and Philosophy
  • BA English and Latin
  • BA English and History
  • BA English with Philosophy
  • BA Music and English
  • BA English and Film Studies
  • BA English and Classical Studies
  • BA English and American Literature
  • BA English and Creative Writing
  • BA Modern Languages and English
  • BA Comparative Literature and Culture and English
  • BA American Literature and Creative Writing
  • BA Drama and Creative Writing
  • BA English and Digital Arts

The scholarship is one of several initiatives that we are undertaking as part of our Race Equality Charter, and is a positive action measure under s.158 of the Equality Act 2010. 

The scholarship also acts to address the gap in under-represented groups of students, as set out in our Access and Participation Plan.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted through RH Direct by 11.59pm (UK time) on Monday 9 May 2022. Applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application after Thursday 19 May 2022.

Please provide a supporting statement of no longer than 400 words (please note that statements that exceed the word count will automatically be rejected), which should include: 

  • academic achievements you are particularly proud of and why these really matter to you 
  • why you have chosen to do the degree you have applied for 
  • what your future aspirations are and how the scholarship will help you to achieve your future goals 

Your statement will be judged on how effectively and convincingly you respond to the above.

Two scholarships are available to new first year UK undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential, from one of the eligible degree courses and have one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other).

You cannot hold this scholarship in conjunction with the Barbara Raw Scholarship for English

Eligibility

The eligible courses for this scholarship are:

1. BA English

2. BA English and Drama

3. BA English and Philosophy

4. BA English and Latin

5. BA English and History

6. BA English with Philosophy

7. BA Music and English

8. BA English and Film Studies

9. BA English and Classical Studies

10. BA English and American Literature

11. BA English and Creative Writing

12. BA Modern Languages and English

13. BA Comparative Literature and Culture and English

14. BA American Literature and Creative Writing

15. BA Drama and Creative Writing

16. BA English and Digital Arts

To be considered for this award, students must have achieved, or be predicted, high grades at A-level or equivalent. For example, previous applicants have achieved/been predicted AAA or equivalent. Students must also submit a strong scholarship statement.

Allocation

Students must submit a completed scholarship application form by the deadline, specified annually. The strength of a candidate’s previous academic background will also be considered. This will be assessed via the documents submitted as part of their degree application. Before starting their application, students are encouraged to read the application guidelines on the website.

Payment

This scholarship is awarded as a cash award of £6,000 in total, given in instalments over three years of study at Royal Holloway: £2,000 in year 1, £2,000 in year 2 and £2,000 in year 3, unless a student spends a year abroad (or on a year of international study) or on an industrial placement. In such cases, the payment will be made in year 4 instead of year 3. For students on a four year course with no industrial placement or a five year course with an industrial placement, the scholarship will be disbursed in the first three years of the degree course only.

In order to be eligible to receive this scholarship after year 1, an average academic grade of at least 60 percent is normally required each year.

Read our full terms and conditions.

If you have any queries please email rhps@rhul.ac.uk

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