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The Cambridge Thousand Futures Bursary aims to support those adults who have been most affected by COVID-19 by providing more affordable access to higher education.

The bursary will give 1,000 people across the UK the opportunity to enhance their employability or refresh and renew their knowledge and skills with an undergraduate remote qualification.

Each bursary will be worth £1,000, and will provide a subsidy towards the cost of the Institute of Continuing Education’s  part-time undergraduate certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas, which will be delivered remotely in the academic year 20/21.

Courses currently open for applications and eligible for the bursary include:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Classical Studies
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Politics
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing: Fiction and Writing for Performance
  • Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction and Writing for Performance
  • Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing: Advanced Non-Fiction


Thousand Futures Bursaries are open to those affected most by the coronavirus in the UK, regardless of age, educational background or previous qualifications. Those eligible include all UK residents who have been furloughed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, those who have been made redundant from 1 April 2020 onwards and anyone accessing the UK Government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The bursaries are also on offer to any of the 1.5 million people who have been designated most at risk of the virus by the NHS, to anyone over 70, and to all key workers, as defined by the government.

View full eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Prospective students are asked to complete the full course application process to be considered for the bursary. The process is as follows:

1. Applicants are asked to complete an on-line application for their chosen undergraduate course(s).

Within the course application form there is a section for applicants to apply for the bursary. Bursary applicants are asked to state which eligibility criteria they are categorised within and upload proof of their eligibility.

Please note, course applications must be completed in full for the applicant to be considered for the bursary scheme.

2. The Institute of Continuing Education will assess and respond to applications as quickly as possible to inform the applicant whether their application for the course and the £1,000 bursary have been accepted.

3. If any additional evidence relating to the course is required, for example evidence of English language level, the applicant will be requested to provide this. If this is the case, the bursary allocation will be held to allow the applicant to provide evidence and until a decision is made on the course application.

4. If no additional evidence is required, the applicant’s bursary will be applied after their first instalment (or full) payment is made, or proof of funding from Student Finance England is received.  The bursary will be automatically taken off the final course instalments.

The bursary application closing date is Monday 7 December.

Please view our full terms and conditions including eligibility criteria before applying.

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