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Supporting You Through University

The Longford Scholarships were first awarded in 2004 and since then have supported more than 300 young serving and ex-prisoners with money and mentoring to go to university. Around 80 per cent graduate. The closing date for applications is June 5 for courses starting in or after September that academic year. Those doing a first degree are given priority but occasional awards are made for postgraduate work. You will get a decision by the end of June.


Listen to Lee on his scholarship

Who Qualifies?

If you have served a prison sentence within the past five years, have the right to remain in the UK, and have a provisional offer of a place at a UK university, you should go to our Application Form for detailed guidance on whether you qualify and how to fill in the form.


Justin on going to university

We’re here

Doing a degree can be a life-changing decision, if you’d like to discuss applying for a Longford scholarship to support your studies in/after prison, email scholars@longfordtrust.org and arrange a time to talk. If you are in prison, ask someone education to contact us on 07747 365037. You can also write to us as PO Box 72887, London N2 2FG


  • Fill in application form on line
  • Paper copies available from PO Box 72887, London N2 2FG
  • Must have provisional offer of place
  • First degrees have priority
  • Two referees required
  • Explain your plans in a personal statement

Application Form