Quinlan Scholarship

Applications for 2023 are now open.

This scholarship is to support a care-experienced young adult, who has spent at least 13 weeks in the UK care system at any time between birth and 18 years old, as they start their first year of a full-time undergraduate degree. 

Applicants do not have to be UK nationals but must have spent time in the UK care system.

The award is for two student sper year to receive a total of £3,000, given in divided payments over the first year of the degree, and is intended to cover the cost of a laptop, help equip your room at university, fund travel expenses etc.

The criteria

If you’d like to apply for the scholarship, please make sure the following applies to you:

  • UK care-experienced: having spent at least 13 weeks in care in the UK at any time between birth and 18 years old.
  • Have an offer for a UK university full-time undergraduate degree course in a social sciences or humanities subject.
  • Will commence studying in the autumn of the year of application.


  1. Letter of proof of care experience from the Local Authority to confirm that you have spent at least 13 weeks in care at any time between birth and 18 years old.
  2. Copy of your passport or other proof of identification to confirm your age.
  3. Initial evidence of offer of a full-time place for that calendar year at a UK university.

How to apply

  • More details and how to apply are found here:


  1. Applications open: 1st March for candidates expecting to start university in the following September/October
  2. Applications close: 21 May 2023

Terms and conditions:

  1. Applications will open on the 1st March for candidates expecting to start university in the following September/October.
  2. Applications will close on the 23 May.
  3. All applications must be received via the online application form at https://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/quinlan-scholarship
  4. The scholarship intention includes supporting students who haven’t been able to follow the usual education trajectory so, depending on applications, preference may be given to those students of 21 years old and above.
  5. Any questions about the scholarship, including eligibility criteria, can be emailed to Dr Jane Quinlan at: [email protected]
  6. When you apply for this scholarship, your personal and contact information will only be used in relation to this application and will be shared between The Scholarship Hub and the scholarship judging panel for this purpose only. More on the privacy policy can be found here https://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/terms-conditions-and-privacy-policy/
  7. Once A-level results (or equivalent) have been released, the short-listed candidates will need to provide UCAS evidence of a confirmed place at a UK university to study their specified subject.  This should be done as soon as possible and must be done by 1st September to remain eligible for the award.
  8. The first instalment of £1000 will be sent to the successful candidate in September, to allow them to purchase a laptop or course essentials, buy kit for their student room and cover any up-front costs for university.
  9. When you arrive at university, we shall need you to send us Proof of Enrolment from your university for our records. We shall not be able to release further payments without this.
  10. The second and third instalments of £1000 will be sent in January and March respectively.  We shall contact you before this in December and February to check that all is well.  It would be helpful to have a short email from your tutor, telling us how you are getting on.

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