OUR 2023 LONGFORD PRIZE: we want to hear from you with nominations for those working in prison reform NOMINATE

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.  Writing in the summer of 2022, one Frank Award holder told us: ‘I passed both my modules with the Open University. I received a merit in both. Without you, I would have never been able to get onto this course. You fought hard for me and I deeply appreciate it.’ Now eligible for a loan, they are continuing with their degree.

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, with closing dates of August 18 2023 for OU  modules starting in October and December 15 2023 for modules starting in February 2024. 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

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