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Open Futures Bursary for Black Students

The Open University is committed to driving change and ensuring that academic institutions remain inclusive and accessible for all members of society.

The Open Futures Bursary for Black Students is offering the opportunity for 50 students to receive a £500 bursary to help with their study costs.

What is the Open Futures Bursary for Black Students?

The Open Futures Bursary for Black Students provides the opportunity for new, UK-resident students who identify as Black to receive a bursary of £500, paid across the first two academic years of their Open University study.

50 bursaries will be available in 2023/24. The bursary is intended to support with the costs of study, such as buying a laptop, study materials or supporting with internet or childcare costs.


To be eligible, you’ll need to meet all the following criteria:

  • Identify as being from a Black background; you must have one of the following ethnicities:
    • Black African
    • Black Caribbean
    • Black Other
    • Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
    • Mixed – White and Black African
    • Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)
  • Have a personal annual income of not more than £25,000 or be in receipt of a qualifying benefit
  • Be ordinarily resident in the UK and eligible for a UK fee
  • Hold no existing higher education qualification
  • Be a new student to The Open University
  • Be studying your first Open University module, which starts in September or October 2023
  • Be studying towards an eligible undergraduate OU qualification
  • Be studying at a minimum intensity of 25% (30 credits) per academic year

Full details of the scheme are available in the bursary terms and conditions.

How to apply

We are now closed for applications for the 2023/24 academic year.

We’ll contact you on or before 10 November 2023 to confirm whether you have been successful.

Need more information?

Our advisers are on hand to answer any questions you might have about the Open Futures Bursary for Black Students. Don’t hesitate to call us on 0300 303 5303.