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The Atom Futures Fund offers financial incentives to eligible Year 13 students who apply to undertake an undergraduate honours degree course at any of the 24 Russell Group Universities, and the potential of further support to those who subsequently take up their offer.

The Fund is being established to promote and support talented young people who come from the communities that are most under-represented in our best universities; we do not believe in exclusivity but we do believe in excellence, and at the moment not enough children in care and children from low income backgrounds are showing the world just how excellent they are.

What type of funding can you apply for?

Part 1: Applications are currently open for a £250 financial incentive for eligible students who apply to a Russell Group University.  This incentive is not restricted; it can be used to help you in any way to apply to university e.g. preparing for and travel to interviews, clothing for interview, resource materials, books and equipment etc. But we believe you know best how you will use the money.

Part 2: If the student is successful in their application and goes on to attend their chosen Russell Group University, they will be eligible to apply for a further £1,000 to support them in their studies.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from year 13 students who are currently attending a state school within the boundaries served by Durham County Council.  The student must either be eligible for free school meals or currently be in care.

Please note, applications will only be processed subject to verification from a named member of staff at the student’s school.

Size of grant

The maximum grant size is £250 in Part 1.

What the fund will not consider:

  • Applications from students not currently in Year 13.
  • Applicants attending a school outside of the boundaries served by Durham County Council.
  • Applications that are not verified by a member of staff.
  • Individuals applying to a master’s degree or PhD course.

When to apply?

  • For the first year of the fund (2024) applications for part 1 close on 29 April 2024.
  • Applications for part 2 close on 10 September 2024
  • For subsequent year’s, applications to part 1 close on 15 February 2025