Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund

The Open University is the leading UK University in helping those with disabilities access education. This reflects our core values of education being open to all. The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund will offer 50 disabled veterans, injured in, or due to, military service, access to free Open University education.

In addition to free study, applicants will be offered further specialist careers and disability support.

Applications for the academic year 2019/2020 have now closed.
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What is the scholarship?

  • 50 scholarships are available in 2019/2020.
  • All undergraduate and postgraduate modules and qualifications are eligible for the scheme. To be eligible the applicant should commence study for the first time in the applicable academic year.
  • Full fee waivers will be available for a full undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, up to a maximum of 120 credits per seasonal academic year, 360 credits in total and not exceeding £18,000.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the scheme you must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be starting OU study in the applicable academic year.
  • Be eligible for a UK fee.
  • Be disabled as a result of, or in, military service.

You'll find all of the eligibility criteria in the terms and conditions.

Supporting evidence

You will need to provide evidence which confirms that your disability arose during, or as a result of, military service. This could be a letter from your current GP or Consultant, or your confirmation of medical discharge.

What specialist support will I receive?

Careers support

As part of the scheme the Careers and Employability Services are able to offer:

  • Individual careers consultations and support.
  • Group forums and webinars.
  • Links with employers and specialist organisations, including possible visits, internships (virtual and physical) and placements.

Disability support

You may be able to access additional support services such as:

  • Support and guidance on the Disabled Student Allowance application process.
  • Information and signposting about the support available during your studies.
  • Module materials in a different format, such as an audio version or books with a comb binding.
  • One to one support such as note takers, proof readers or mental health mentors.
  • Loan of equipment such digital voice recorders and magnifiers, and specialist software such as text to speech.

Any additional support will be looked at on a case-by-case basis, depending on your requirements.

Need more information? Contact an adviser

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The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund would not be possible without the support of our generous donors, the scheme is kindly supported by:

ABF (The Soldiers’ Charity); BAE Systems plc; The Big Give; The Chancellor using LIBOR funds; Constance Travis Charitable Trust; Sir Christopher Coville KCB; The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust; Leidos UK; PF Charitable Trust; The Veterans’ Foundation; The William Allen Young Charitable Trust; The Worshipful Company of World Traders Charitable Trust.

And over 1,100 alumni, friends and OU supporters including:
Robin Adcock; Gordon Dickinson; John Duncan; Eileen French; David Godson; Colin Hume; Doreen and Anthony Van West; Rachel Webb.