The COSARAF Charitable Foundation is launching the Sheikh Family Scholars’ Fund in order to award hardship funds to undergraduate Muslim home students in significant financial need.
The funding will be open to undergraduate home students
(but not post graduate students) in all officially recognised Universities
(excluding University of Cambridge, where Downing College manages Bursaries on
behalf of the COSARAF Foundation) in significant financial difficulties and,
particularly to those suffering unexpected hardship. The Scholars’ Hardship
Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 per annum, with most grants being
between £500-£1,000. There is one application deadline in late October each
year: you should, well in advance, give full details of your financial
situation to your Tutor who can apply on your behalf.
All undergraduate Muslim home students in significant
financial need are eligible, so long as they are in immediate need of help for financial
Students who have an existing undergraduate
degree and are studying for a second undergraduate degree are NOT eligible.
Preference will be given to students who are
first-generation university students and for whom these awards will make the
most difference. Preference will also be
given to those who have not previously received support from the COSARAF
The definition of significant financial hardship is set out in the COSARAF Zakat Distribution Policy and awards will be made in line with this Policy (https://www.cosaraf.org/zakat-distribution-policy/).
- Other help you should seek before applying to The Sheikh Family Scholars’ Fund
UK students should have applied to grants and any other statutory awards for which they may be eligible before applying to The Sheikh Family Scholars’ Fund. All students should also have sought hardship support from their own College or University.
- How much
help is available?
You could receive up to a maximum of £2,000 in
one year, based on an assessment of your need, but most grants are in the range
£500 to £1,000. It is not possible to apply more than once in a single year.
Applications can only be made by your Tutor on
your behalf. Contact your University or College Tutor for further information.
The Awarders will rely on your Tutor’s assessment of your need, so you must
ensure that you give as much information as possible to your Tutor and that the
details you give are accurate. If the Awarders require further information,
they will ask your Tutor before making a decision. All the information you give
will be treated confidentially.
Awards are made from The Sheikh Family Scholars’ Fund once each year. The deadline for your Tutor to apply is late October (the exact deadline each year will be on the application form and the COSARAF Charitable Foundation website). Late applications cannot be considered.
Your Tutor will normally be informed of the
outcome of your application within four weeks of the application deadline.
Successful applicants should receive their award before the end of Winter Term. Applications for support for tuition fees
will be paid directly to the University or College.
- What if I
disagree with the outcome of my application?
If your application is unsuccessful, your Tutor
will be sent an explanatory letter. Due
to the volume of applications, the COSARAF Foundation is unable to enter in to
correspondence related to rejected applications.
LINK TO APPLICATION**
You should not fill in the form yourself. Only your Tutor should complete the form, so please contact them for more information. Tutors should not edit the form electronically or change the layout.