Young Carer Awards

Level of study
Any Undergraduate
Subject area
Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences
Type of Award
External, University
Deadline for applying
Closed 01/03/2021 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The Young Carer Awards exist to assist students who are Young Adult Carers in meeting living costs while studying at University, including additional costs incurred as a result of their caring responsibilities.

These awards were generously established in memory of the late Sarah Hawkins. The Sarah Hawkins Award for Young Carers are the first of their kind to support young carers studying at Birmingham. These pioneering awards provide young carers the extra support they need to help balance their studies and caring responsibilities. Every year, Sarah's legacy is seeing young carers overcome the challenges they face to take their chance at university and pursue their own dreams and aspirations.

An additional award has been established in recognition of two sisters, Patricia and Gillian Davies, who attended the University of Birmingham in the years just after the Second World War, while caring for their disabled mother. Both went on to live interesting and rewarding lives. It is hoped that, like Patricia and Gillian, the recipients of these awards will enjoy new opportunities in their lives during and after their time at university.

Value of Award

The value of each award is £2,000, divided into two equal instalments. The award is renewable each academic year for the duration of the programme, subject to academic progression and continuation of caring responsibilities.

Eligibility Criteria

The University of Birmingham Young Carer Awards are open to students who are Young Adult Carers (aged 18-24) for a relative or friend other than their own child. Household income, number of caring hours, type of caring responsibilities, associated costs and the potential impact on studies or wellbeing will be taken into consideration, and priority will generally be given to students who are caring at home, rather than living in University halls of residence.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed. Please visit this page in October 2021 for more information on the award for the 2021/22 academic year. 


Emily Birkett