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Brian Cooper Scholarship at Durham University, UK 2024

Application is now open for the Brian Cooper Scholarship at Durham University. Interested applicants are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About Durham University and Scholarship

Established by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and later incorporated by royal charter in 1837, Durham University, legally known as the University of Durham, stands as a distinguished collegiate public research institution situated in Durham, England. It holds the distinction of being the first recognized university to open in England for over 600 years, following the venerable traditions of Oxford and Cambridge, and consequently ranks as the third-oldest university in England based on standard historical practice.

Functioning as a collegiate university, Durham University seamlessly integrates its main responsibilities between the academic departments and the network of 17 colleges. This organizational structure delineates the roles, with departments engaging in research and delivering educational content to students, while the colleges oversee domestic arrangements and student welfare.


Durham University’s ambitious Strategic Plan for the years 2017–2027 outlines specific targets, including securing a position in the top 5 nationally on the Times/Sunday Times league table. Additionally, the plan aims to have 50 percent of eligible subjects ranked in the top 50 globally on the QS world rankings and strives to place among the top three UK institutions by citations per academic staff member.

In a significant philanthropic initiative, the Brian Cooper Scholarship Fund has been established to provide an annual scholarship catering to the financial needs of local students. This initiative is made possible through the generous contribution of the Cooper family. The scholarship, valued at £13,000, will be awarded by Durham University for several years, ensuring meaningful financial support for deserving local students.

This scholarship program aligns seamlessly with Durham University’s ongoing efforts to attract and nurture talented students from the region. By fostering an inclusive and supportive environment, the university remains dedicated to providing opportunities for deserving individuals, thereby enriching the academic landscape and contributing to the overall betterment of the community.

Details about the Brian Cooper Scholarship at Durham University:

Scholarship Sponsor: Durham University, UK

Scholarship Value: £13,000 per academic year

Number of awards: 1

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): Durham University, UK


£13,000 is allocated to the following each academic year:

  • Fees for tuition
  • Living expenses
  • Additional study-related costs

Eligibility Criteria for the Brian Cooper Scholarship

Candidates are advised to meet the following conditions to be qualified for the Brian Cooper Scholarship at Durham University:

  • The household income of the applicants must be less than £42,875 as determined by Student Finance England.
  • To be considered for admission to Durham University, a candidate must be a County Durham resident; candidates from the East of Durham will be given precedence when submitting their academic applications through UCAS. Living in one of the following postcode zones is considered to be a resident of County Durham’s East: DH4, DH5, DH6, SR7, SR8, TS27, TS28, and TS29.
  • Students must receive their secondary education from a college, another secondary education institution, or a school run by the state.

Selection Criteria

  • Every qualified application will be taken into account according to its academic standing, references, and statement.
  • When allocating the scholarship, other awards might also be taken into consideration (for example, if you qualify, you can apply for both the Robert Young Scholarship and the Brian Cooper Scholarship, but you can only hold one of the prizes).

Application Process for Brian Cooper Scholarship

Before the UCAS deadline of January 31, 2024, submit an academic application to Durham University and a scholarship application that includes a personal statement explaining:

  • your financial circumstances
  • why do you want to study at Durham University?
  • how the Brian Cooper Scholarship would assist you to study at Durham University

Before the application date of March 21, 2024, send in a character reference. 

This should be a letter endorsing your scholarship application from one of your teachers. Forward to via email. Make sure your reference is sent on letterhead paper with the following information on it.

  • their name
  • the name of the scholarship you are applying for
  • your full name
  • position (e.g. teacher or employer)
  • contact details

Once your funding confirmation letter from Student Finance England has been received, kindly send a copy to

The Application Deadline is: March 21, 2024

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