Bryan and Lydia Gray Scholarship

Thanks to a generous donation to the University, the Bryan and Lydia Gray Scholarship provides support to talented students who have the academic potential to study at York, and who have overcome significant barriers to their educational goals.

  • Funding: £3,000 per year, over three years of study (£9,000 in total)
  • Academic year: 2021/22
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Undergraduate

The scholarship supports the Department's key commitment to providing the best possible educational experiences for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.


Open to UK (home) students only.

Open to students in the Department of Chemistry.

The award is open to applications from UK-based students starting an undergraduate degree in Chemistry in September 2021 (with a residual household income under £42,875).

Open to UK (home) students only.

To be considered for the Bryan and Lydia Gray Scholarship award in Chemistry, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

1) Be holding an offer to study Chemistry at undergraduate level for entry in September 2021. 

2) Be a permanent resident in the UK, classified as Home (UK) in university admissions procedures. Preference will be given to students who have lived, worked or studied in the North West of England before the start of their course, ie from one of the following postcodes (If there are no suitable candidates from these postcodes, then the scholarship can be awarded to other UK students):

CA - Carlisle
LA - Lancaster
PR - Preston
FY - Blackpool
BB - Blackburn
OL - Oldham
BL - Bolton
WN - Wigan
L - Liverpool
M - Manchester
WA - Warrington
SK - Stockport
CW - Crewe
CH - Chester

3) Your family has a Residual Household Income (RHI) of £42,875 or less (see 'Terms and conditions' below).

4) You can show, via a written statement of up to 500 words, how you meet the following criteria:

  • How you have overcome barriers in your personal, social or domestic life to achieve your educational goals.
  • How you hope to contribute to society in the future following your studies.
  • How you will use the award to help develop employability skills while at University.
  • Why you have applied for a Bryan and Lydia Gray Scholarship and what difference it will make to your time at York.
How to apply

We will contact students (who have been accepted onto our Chemistry course) with an application form.

How we allocate

Each award is paid in instalments for three years and is to be awarded subject to satisfactory academic progress.

This award has been extremely competitive in previous years.

Contact details

Undergraduate admissions

Katrina Sayer
+44 (0)1904 322545

Professor Andrew Parsons
+44 (0)1904 322545