Open Futures – Creative Writing Scholarship

If you identify as being from a Black background, you could be eligible to study our MA in Creative Writing for free.

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

What is the Open Futures – MA in Creative Writing Scholarship?

The Open University offers a select number of students the opportunity for a full fee waiver scholarship to study the MA in Creative Writing.

Three scholarships are available in 2024/25. A scholarship will cover the full tuition cost of your qualification, up to 180 credits in total.


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

  • Be ordinarily resident in the UK and eligible to pay a UK fee.
  • Identify as being from a Black background; applicants 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)
  • Be intending to study the MA in Creative Writing starting in the 2024/25 academic year.
  • Have a personal annual income of not more than £25,000 per year or receive a UK qualifying benefit.
  • Fulfil the entry requirements for the MA in Creative Writing.
  • Be able to demonstrate your experience of, and a passion for, creative writing.

How to apply

We are now open for applications for the 2024/25 academic year. To apply, you’ll need to download the full scholarship terms and conditions and the scholarship application form.

Once completed, email your application and supporting evidence to our Student Fees team. You’ll find their contact details on the first page of the application form.

Applications close at midday on 24 July 2024. We’ll email you by 14 August 2024 to confirm if you're successful.

Need more information?

If you’ve got a question about the Open Futures – MA in Creative Writing Scholarship or need help completing your application, our advisers are here to help. Don’t hesitate to call us on 0300 303 5303 or email us at