When to apply, and when to expect a response
We only make one round of grants per academic year. All applications are for awards for degree courses starting in the academic year that begins in September 2021. All applications must be received by the deadline of Friday June 4 2021. This round includes Open University courses beginning in October 2021 and February 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of June 2021. We regret that we do not have sufficient office resources to be able to acknowledge receipt of every application, but once it has been processed, you will hear from us.
If you are eligible to apply, this form could take 30 minutes or more to complete. If applying online, you need to register first (green button below). An online account enables you to save the form and return later to finish the form if you need more time. Keep a note of your registration details and you can return to the form by revisiting this application page and logging-in (blue button below). You can review your completed application before pressing send. If you are working on a printed paper form there is no need to set up an online account.
Apply by Post
Print out this form if you want to complete it by hand, and then send it to us by post. If you need to use additional sheets to answer any of the questions, please feel free to do so, but make sure they are firmly attached to the form. Please post to: The Longford Trust, PO Box 72887, London N2 2FG.
This application form is designed to enable you to make the strongest case to the Longford Trust for a scholarship. The information we request will help us understand your educational plans and assess their viability. We treat all the information you submit to us as confidential and handle it in line with the principles of the General Data Protection Regulations that came into effect in May 2018, specifically Article 10 which deals with sharing details of criminal convictions, and the Schedule One conditions for targeted and proportionate requests for information from applicants in this regard. That means:
- All information contained in this form will be held securely by the trust from the time you submit it until the completion of the application process. During that time, it will only be accessed by those members of the Longford Trust team whose designated role it is to decide on the awarding of Longford Scholarships. They will not discuss any details of your application with any other person (with the exceptions detailed below).
- If you are not successful in obtaining a scholarship award, we will dispose of the data you have shared with us on this form at the end of the application process in a safe and secure way. We will not retain any on our database.
- If we do make you an offer of a scholarship, that offer will be followed by a face-to-face meeting with one of the Longford Trust team to discuss how our scholarship awards work in practice. As part of that, we will describe to you how we will handle your data going forward from that point.
- By signing this application form, once completed, you are choosing – as explained on the form itself – to give us permission to contact your two named referees directly to ask for a reference (even if you have attached/included written references with your application).
- By signing this application form, once completed, you are also choosing – again as explained on the form itself – to give us permission to contact your named contact at your university of choice to confirm you have a provisional offer of a place.
- In assessing your application, the trustees of the Longford Trust draw on the expertise of a panel of independent experts – the directors of the Prisoners’ Education Trust and of the Prison Reform Trust, and Lord Ramsbotham, the former Chief Inspector of Prisons – in deciding which candidates to select for a scholarship. These three individuals will be allowed by the Longford Trust to read your application form on the strict condition that they do not discuss it with anyone else and destroy any copies sent to them after submitting their guidance to the Longford trustees.