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Southwark Scholarship Scheme 2020

Since the Southwark Scholarship scheme began in 2011, Southwark Council has helped 99 young people (under 25 years) pursue higher education on the Southwark Scholarship Scheme. The scholarship award covers the full cost of tuition fees for their chosen university course.

Since graduating from university, our scholars have gone on to careers in Education, Law, Medicine, Engineering as well as other fields. This has not only enabled them to enter a well paid professional career, but has also raised the aspirations in other young people in their social network to aim high. By delivering the Southwark Scholarship Scheme, we hope to narrow the pay and skills gap between young people who come from financially challenged households compared to young people who come from privileged backgrounds. This supports Southwark’s commitment and vision for a ‘Fairer Future’

Scholarship Celebration 2020

"As a council we value our young people and are determined to do our bit to give all of them the best start in life. The Southwark Scholarship Scheme is not only an investment in young people, but a helping hand for a generation that needs to gain the skills and experience to be the workforce of tomorrow.  Southwark Scholarships are just one part of our work to build a fairer future for all."

Councillor Peter John, Leader of the Council

“The progress and stories of the young people who otherwise may not have made it to university is truly inspiring – I am so proud that we can continue with this crucial scholarship scheme“.

Cllr Jasmine Ali, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Adult Care

Who can apply

We welcome your application if you're interested in going to university this year and meet all of the eligibility criteria listed below:

  • under 25 years old
  • must come from a household with a combined income of less than £25,000 per annum
  • proven record of being a resident of Southwark for a minimum of the past 3 years (students placed outside of the borough temporarily by Southwark’s Housing Department are eligible subject to evidence)
  • have a legal status in the UK with indefinite leave to remain
  • must be entering higher education for the first time in autumn 2020
  • must have a proven record of active engagement and positively contributing to the community in Southwark
  • must have a good record of academic achievement
  • must have a UCAS offer from their chosen university to start the course in Autumn 2020

The scholarship is only awarded to a limited number of students each year. At each stage of the application process you must meet the eligibility criteria and complete the submissions in full to progress to the next stage.

For further information regarding eligibility, please email

Unique opportunity

Of the 10 awards we will be making, we will give special consideration for scholars wanting to study part of their course in Europe. This is currently limited to 2 opportunities, for further information please email

This year, in addition to the Southwark Scholarship Scheme running as normal where students have the freedom to choose their own course, we have two additional opportunities that will be included in the scheme. This is a limited time opportunity and a completely unique offer as we will be offering a fixed term employment contract at the end of the lucky candidate’s course. They will have their university tuitions paid for in full as well as a guaranteed fixed term employment contract at the end of their studies. The employment opportunity is with Southwark Council’s Regeneration and Planning Department. Applicants wishing to apply for this opportunity must meet the Southwark Scholarship Scheme eligibility criteria and be looking to study any of the undergraduate courses listed below:

  • Planning
  • Surveying
  • Construction
  • Project Management
  • Architecture
  • Environmental Science
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Civil Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Transport Planning

If your course is not listed above, but you believe it falls under the Regeneration and Planning specialism, please contact us to let us know the course details for consideration at

Page last updated: 13 January 2021

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