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Disabled Veterans' Scholarships Fund

Last year, The Open University supported around 28,000 disabled students. And, since the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund was established, more than 250 additional disabled students have been able to access higher education with us.

What is a Disabled Veterans' Scholarship?

If you’ve been injured or disabled in, or as a result of, military service, you could be funded to complete a full Open University qualification.

We offer 50 scholarships every year, and all undergraduate and postgraduate modules and qualifications are eligible. You’ll have your fees waived for a maximum of 120 credits per seasonal academic year, up to a maximum of 360 credits, which is equivalent to a full honours degree.

Applicants will also be offered further specialist careers and disability support, alongside free study.

Specialist support

As a part of your scholarship, you’ll also be able to access specialist careers and disability support.

Careers support

Our Careers and Employability services can offer:

  • individual careers consultation and support
  • group forums and webinars
  • links with employers and specialist organisations, including possible visits, internships (virtual and physical) and placements.

Disability support

If your application is successful, you’ll be able to request specialist equipment and disability support to help with your studies. This is in addition to any support provided via a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).

Additional support could include:

  • support and guidance on the DSA application process
  • information and signposting about the support available during your studies
  • alternative format module materials, such as audio or comb-bound versions of module books
  • loaned equipment, such as digital voice recorders and magnifiers, and specialist software (i.e. text-to-speech software).

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


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

  • starting study in 2024/25 as a new or returning student
  • ordinarily resident in the UK and eligible for a UK fee
  • disabled as a result of, or in, military service.

The full eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and application form for academic year 2024/25 will be available from 20 March 2024, when we open for applications.

What supporting evidence will I need?

You’ll need to provide evidence as a part of your application that confirms 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.

How to apply to the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund:

Applications for academic year 2024/25 will open on 20 March 2024 and will close at midday on 10 July 2024. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted. If you’re successful, we’ll email you by 26 July 2024 to confirm. We’ll also contact you soon afterwards to make sure you're ready to study and to help you choose your course.

Need more information?

Our advisers are on hand to answer any questions you might have about the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund. Don’t hesitate to contact us on 0300 303 5303.


Our donors

The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous donors. The scheme has been kindly supported by over 6,000 alumni, friends and OU supporters including:

Robin Adcock; Lara Cournoyer; Gordon Dickenson; John Duncan; Eileen French; David Godson; Colin Hume; Doreen and Anthony Van West; and Rachel Webb.


  • ABF (The Soldiers’ Charity)
  • Amazon Service UK Ltd
  • Amey plc
  • Antac Support Services
  • BAE Systems plc
  • Balfour Beatty plc
  • Barnard Kenneth Charity
  • The Big Give
  • Boeing
  • Constance Travis Charitable Trust
  • Michael Cornish Charitable Trust
  • Sir Christopher Coville, KCB
  • The Dalby Trust
  • The Englefield Charitable Trust
  • The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust
  • Gosling Foundation
  • The Hobson Charity Ltd
  • The Inman Charity
  • The Iron Bridge Trust
  • Leidos UK
  • The ‘Lest We Forget’ Association
  • Edith Murphy Foundation
  • The Aubrey Orchard-Lisle Charitable Trust
  • PF Charitable Trust
  • Queen Mary’s Roehampton Trust
  • The Samuel Storey Family Charitable Trust
  • The Sandra Charitable Trust
  • Sigrid Rausing Trust
  • The Reed Educational Trust
  • The John Sumner Trust
  • Thales Charitable Trust
  • The Trelix Charitable Trust
  • The Utley Foundation
  • The Veterans’ Foundation
  • The Wakeham Trust
  • The William Allen Young Charitable Trust
  • The Worshipful Company of World Traders Charitable Trust

If you would like to support the fund, please email us to discuss donating.