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Supporting You Through University

The Longford Scholarships were first awarded in 2004 and since then have supported more than 400 young serving and ex-prisoners with money and mentoring to go to university (including artist Andrew Hart, pictured above with actor Michael Palin). Around 80 per cent graduate. The closing date for applications is May 1 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 to offer advice

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