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The Helen Sharp Undergraduate Scholarship in Modern Languages

Are you considering starting your undergraduate study with us in 2022?

Thanks to a generous gift from our alumna Helen Potts, we have a new scholarship to offer to a talented student from a low-income background. This a fantastic opportunity for you to pursue academic excellence and enhance your career prospects within our School of Modern Languages and Cultures, recently ranked 6th in the UK in the 2022 Guardian University Guide.

To apply, you will be embarking on an undergraduate degree programme in Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University. The scholarship award may be used to cover tuition, living costs and any other associated costs of study, and is a maximum of £4,000 per annum for up to four years.

The inaugural scholarship will be available to a student beginning their undergraduate studies in the 2022-23 academic year. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be in need of financial assistance at the time of application
  • Have been educated at a state-maintained UK school, college or other secondary education provider for the whole of your education

We invite all eligible candidates to apply for this opportunity. Applications from students of Black Heritage, care-leavers, refugees and Asylum-seekers are particularly warmly welcomed.

Please note, the closing date for applications has now closed.

University student
Choosing to study languages at Durham has been a life-changing decision for me. Languages are not just to be learned but to be lived, and a scholarship can help you on your journey. I’m so pleased that many new students now have the opportunity to gain support if they need it. If you’re a prospective student worried about finances, I encourage you to apply for this scholarship. Money should not be a barrier to anyone's education and this scholarship can really help you to feel comfortable.

Mia Ainsley, member of Josephine Butler College
First year, Spanish and ab initio Italian
I loved my time at Durham - the teaching, the city and the lifelong friendships I formed and still maintain. It was also a great springboard to opportunities after university. I am funding this scheme as I want the same experiences to be available to everyone.

Helen Sharp, Trevelyan College
BA Hons French & Spanish, 1977-81