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 is offering 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 2023/24. 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 2023/24 academic year.
  • Have a personal annual income of not more than £25,000 per year, or be in receipt of 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.

The full eligibility criteria for the academic year 2023/24 are listed in the scholarship terms and conditions.

How to apply

Applications for the 2023/24 academic year are now closed.

Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome by email by 14 August 2023.