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Scholarships Available in 2023/24

Notes for Applicants 

The following Scholarship is available for the upcoming academic year:

  • The Durham Inspired Joel Donovan KC Law Scholarship provides up to £3,000, per Scholar, for the first year of the undergraduate LLB programme. Typically, three new Scholars are selected from each first-year intake. This scholarship is funded by Joel Donovan KC, an alumnus of Durham Law School.

The Joel Donovan KC Law Scholarships 

Durham Law School is a socially inclusive law school. It has a mission of social mobility for all, regardless of background. The School is one of the top performing departments in the University’s access and participation ambition, with 7.2% of its entrants identifying as Black UK domiciled students (2021 -2022). It seeks to attract and then enable young scholars to meet their aspirations by removing economic obstacles that may stand in their way. Its distinguished alumni support this mission. I am, therefore, delighted that alumnus Joel Donovan KC has established this generous scholarship to support three UK Black Heritage Students of African, Caribbean, Dual, or Mixed heritage to pursue undergraduate study at Durham Law School. I cordially invite all eligible to apply for it.

Prof Volker Roeben

Dean, Durham Law School


Year of Entry Applicants for programmes commencing in 2023/24
Number of awards available Three awards available 
Level of study  Undergraduate 
Mode of study Full time
Programmes LLB M101
Value of scholarsip £3,000 for the first year of study 
Duration  1 year 
Deadline for applications  No later than 23:59 BST on 30 March 2023 


“I was privileged enough to be able to study Law at Durham, and without paying fees. It was an opportunity which transformed my life. It is my further great privilege to be able to offer, through this Scholarship, a modest helping hand to Black members of the student law community – and those, still too few, who aspire to join them. I am greatly looking forward to meeting the successful applicants (if they are willing to do so – not an entry requirement!)”

Joel Donovan KC, St Aidan’s – BA Law, 1986


Previous Law Scholar, Samuel, Trevelyan College, says:

I am writing this letter to express my thanks, appreciation and honour for being the recipient of your Scholarship. I left school at 16 with no qualifications, I never thought I’d be going to university, let alone Durham, let alone being awarded such a generous scholarship. If I’m honest it all feels like a dream.

I have been overwhelmed with the amount of opportunity has been available to me at Durham university. This year, I am the welfare officer for the People of Colour Association, the Campaigns officer for the Students with Disabilities association, I qualified as a first aider with, Durham Links, the universities branch of St John’s Ambulance and I was able to volunteer at the London Marathon.  I am also the Campaigns officer for the Northern Society, the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic officer for the Labour Club and BAME rep for the LGBT+ association. None of this would have been possible without the financial aid I am receiving thanks to your Scholarship.

I was always told when I was younger that I would never even be a manager in McDonald’s, and now I am being incredibly blessed by these amazing institutions that I only ever feared growing up. You are doing an incredible thing by supporting students from backgrounds like mine, I honestly can’t thank you enough for the positive impact you are having on my life.”


You are eligible for this Scholarship if:

  1. you are commencing your studies at Durham Law School in October 2023; and
  2. your official fee status is a Home student; and
  3. your household income has been assessed by Student Finance England (SFE) (or equivalent) as below £25,000 at the start of the 2023/24 academic year; and
  4. you have been educated at a state-maintained UK school, college or other education provider for the whole of your education; (or, in the case of Asylum seekers and refugees the whole of your education since arrival in the UK); and
  5. you are of Black Heritage - African, Caribbean, Dual or Mixed Heritage (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Other Black background)

Please note that receipt of the funds will be dependent on receiving an offer to study at Durham University, meeting entry conditions, and taking up a place with us.

Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us for advice.

How to Apply for The Joel Donovan KC Law Scholarship

  1. Apply for Joel Donovan Scholarship

    Submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS, prior to the scholarship deadline


    Apply now here 

  2. Complete a scholarship application

    Complete the application form:

    The Joel Donovan KC Scholarship Application Form 2023 (PDF)


    Your Application must include a personal statement describing how the scholarship would help you:

      • with any financial difficulties you have;
      • to actively participate in your studies;
      • enhance your experience as a student at Durham Law School;
      • to make the most of the opportunities that Law and Durham can offer you;
      • explore your personal development and employability during your time at Durham
      • achieve your career aspirations


  3. Submit your application

    You should submit your completed application to by 23:59 BST on 30 March 2023.


    More about this Scholarship 

    We give thanks for the generous donation that makes this scholarship available.

    Scholarship applications will be considered on the basis of their ability to meet the eligibility criteria and academic potential.

    In addition to the information supplied on the scholarship application form, the University will gather contextual information to support the assessment of scholarship applications.

    Durham University makes every effort to ensure that the information published or contained on its website is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not subsequently be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University's reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) changes in Government policy or change of law. Whilst any changes will be incorporated into the University's website any person wishing to clarify the details of The Joel Donovan KC Law Scholarship should contact Durham Law School at

    Submit your application now 

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If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a scholarship or the application process, get in touch with our Scholarships and Student Funding Office:

Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Durham University

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