Our Open Futures Bursaries
The Open University is open to all – that means we want to do our best to ensure that the OU reflects the whole of our society. For the academic year 2020/2021, we’re launching our Open Futures Bursaries specifically for students who identify as being from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic (BAME) background. The BAME community is under-represented in university-level education, and we aim to bridge that gap by providing the support needed to succeed at the OU.
What does an Open Futures Bursary offer?
We’re offering 50 bursaries of £1000 to eligible, new OU students. If your application is successful, you’ll receive a payment of £500 in each of your first academic two years of OU study. This can be used towards study costs or other living expenses.
To qualify, you’ll need to meet all the following criteria:
- identify as being from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic background
- have a household income of not more than £25,000 a year, or be in receipt of a qualifying benefit
- be ordinarily resident in the UK
- eligible for a UK fee
- new to The Open University – you’ll need to have not taken any of our credit-bearing modules, including Access modules, before
- not already hold a higher education qualification
- studying your first Open University module, which starts no later than 31 October 2020
- studying towards an undergraduate Open University qualification
- studying at least 30 credits per academic year.
What supporting evidence do I need?
You’ll need to provide evidence of your household income or qualifying benefit.
How to apply for an Open Futures Bursary
Before you submit an application, make sure you’ve read the full bursary terms and conditions.
You’ll need to download and complete our bursary application form, and return it to our Student Fees team. Their contact details are on the application form.
Applications are open, as of 18 March 2020, and close midnight 18 September 2020. We won’t accept any applications after this date.
Make sure you complete the application in full and include all the evidence required – applications without supporting evidence won’t be considered.
If you’re successful, we’ll send you an email and letter on or before 31 October 2020.