Want To Do Open University But Stuck?

Alongside our Longford Scholarships, we also offer grants for serving prisoners to cover the cost of individual modules towards degrees at the Open University. The Frank Awards, run as a joint project with the Prisoners’ Education Trust and the Open University, supported financially by the Linbury Trust, are directed at those who cannot access student loans for their OU studies behind bars, and at those who can make a strong case why they cannot take out a loan.

A chance to make your voice heard

Who Qualifies ?

The Frank Awards are restricted to serving prisoners, with the support of their OU Distance Learning Coordinator. You must provide us with evidence that you cannot use the student loans system to pay for your OU modules. We may be able to help. Find out if you are eligible

Going forward through education


How To Apply

There are two rounds of awards each year, in September and January, matching the two dates annually on which you can start studying OU modules. If you are successful, we will pay your fees direct to the Open University. Read How to Apply, Our Conditions and the Selection Criteria

  • Financial support to do Open University modules
  • Available in two rounds each year
  • Where to get the paper application forms
  • Directed at those who can’t access student loans

Any Queries?