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**Applications for 2021 have now closed and will reopen in August 2022.**

Since its launch in 2018, the Stormzy Scholarship has provided financial support to two UK black students each year, which has helped to transform their University experience.

This year, we're delighted to announce that the #Merky Foundation, in partnership with HSBC UK, has expanded the scheme to provide scholarships to 10 black UK students admitted to the University of Cambridge in autumn 2021.

This commitment will last for at least the next three years, meaning 30 more UK black students will benefit from this support.

A total of 13 scholarships will be available this year, 10 funded by HSBC UK, two by Stormzy and one by an anonymous donor.

The scholarships, which are non-repayable, will cover the full cost of tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant, which will significantly reduce the need for awardees to take out government or commercial loans. This support will be available to recipients for up to four years of undergraduate study. For 2021-22, the total award to each student for the year will be worth £20,000. Receipt of this award will not affect eligibility for a Cambridge Bursary.

The University of Cambridge’s Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Virgo, said: “We are enormously grateful to HSBC UK for supporting the #Merky Foundation in funding the degree courses of an additional 30 Black students over the next 3 years."

"Since the Stormzy Scholarships were announced in 2018, we have seen a significant increase in the number of black students applying to study here and being admitted and we are very proud to see the first two students supported by the scheme graduate this year. We’re confident that they are starting out on an exciting journey which may not have been possible without the generous support of philanthropists like Stormzy. With the launch of our Foundation Year, for admission in 2022, we will be in a position to support a lot more students who have suffered educational disadvantage on their path through Higher Education.”

In 2020, 137 new UK black students arrived to take up their courses at Cambridge, the largest number ever. There is however still more work to be done to ensure that UK black students not only apply to study at the university, but feel at home here and achieve their full potential.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a Stormzy Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Have one of the following categories of ethnicity:
    • 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)
  2. Have a confirmed place for entry to the University of Cambridge for a first undergraduate degree, and due to commence study in October 2021. (You can check the status of your offer on UCAS Track.) 
  3. Be a UK student and have been assessed for fee status as 'home'. You were advised of your fee status in the offer letter issued to you earlier this year. If you are in doubt, please contact the Cambridge College that has offered you a place.
  4. Have applied to Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan, and have received confirmation that you have been assessed and will receive financial support. An income assessment must have been conducted and consent given to share the information with the University.

Application process

The application process for the scholarship is as follows:

  1. First of all, check your eligibility to apply. The panel will not consider any applications that do not meet eligibility criteria, and awards may be withdrawn if applicants are later found not to have met eligibility criteria or to have provided false information.
  2. You can make an application using the online application form, which will be open between 10 August and 27 August 2021. You will need to provide the following pieces of information:
    • Your full name, as provided on your UCAS form, and date of birth
    • Your UCAS Personal ID (the ten digit number you get when you register to UCAS Apply. You can find this on UCAS correspondence addressed to you)
    • Your ethnicity
    • Confirmation that you have applied and been fully income-assessed for support from the government through Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) for tuition fees and maintenance loans and that you have provided consent to share your information with the University.
    • A personal statement of up to 2,500 characters, outlining how you would benefit from the award
    • Confirmation that you give us permission to use all of the above information and that provided through your application to the University of Cambridge and to Student Finance so that we can assess you for an award.
  3. Applications must be submitted by no later than Friday 27 August 2021. Late applications will not be considered.
  4. Applications will be ranked using:
    • household income data provided by you to Student Finance
    • indicators of higher education participation and socio-economic disadvantage based on the school you attended and the postcode in which you live, which will be drawn from your UCAS application
    • your personal statement
  5. The selection panel will then take a final decision on which 13 students will receive the award. Applicants will receive notification of the outcome by mid-September 2021.

If you have questions regarding the Stormzy Scholarship please email


Stormzy Scholarship Application

Applications for 2021 have now closed and will reopen in August 2022.