Bursaries and scholarships

All students are assessed for York bursaries each year. This includes the York Bursary, HYMS Bursary and Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary.

York bursaries and scholarships for continuing students

There are also additional bursaries and scholarships administered by the University available for students once they have started their studies at York. Please check eligibility criteria before applying.

BursaryAward / eligibilityApplication deadlineHow to apply
Achieving Excellence Awards
  • Funds students to access opportunities that give them a head start in the job market
  • For students currently in the first year of an undergraduate degree who pass stage one of the York Award and meet certain criteria
  • £1,050 per annum for a maximum of two years
Monday 3 July 2017 Find out more and apply
Overseas continuation scholarship
  • £5,000 in the first year of study as a deduction from tuition fees
  • You must hold an offer for PhD study commencing in September 2016 and be a current University of York Masters student to be eligible to apply
  • This is a competitive scholarship based on academic merit and financial need
Applications currently closed Applications currently closed
Santander Elite Sports Scholarship
  • For current students in any year of study who can demonstrate excellence in their chosen sporting activity
  • Two awards of £5,000 available to enhance sporting career
Applications currently closed Applications currently closed

Postgraduate research students

A range of scholarships and studentships are available for prospective and current research students. See the York Graduate Research School pages for more information.

Other bursaries and scholarships

Some external organisations offer scholarships through the University. See their websites for full eligibility criteria. 

Awarding organisationAward / eligibility
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
  • For UK students whose parent or spouse is a commercial traveller, grocer or chemist
  • Up to £3,000 per year for undergraduates
  • Up to £5,000 per year for postgraduates

York bursaries for current students

A bursary is not a loan - you don't have to pay it back.

Bursary schemes can vary, depending on the year you started your studies. If you are receiving aYork BursaryFoundation Year BursaryHYMS Bursary or Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary, you can find detailed information about your scheme in the following guides:

Receiving your award

If you are made an award, you will have received a notification e-mail and an award letter in your e:Vision account.

Submit your bank details to receive cash payments

In order to receive any bursary cash payment, submit your bank details using the University’s secure bank detail collection system using your University username and password. We accept both UK and overseas bank accounts and you can use the system to update your details should you change bank. Please note, this system is for bursary payments only. If you need to update your bank details for direct debit collections, please do this using the 'Your finance' section in e:Vision (see Payment methods).

If you do not submit your details, we will not be able to pay you.

Please note that not all awards include cash payments. Please refer to the guides for more details on how your bursary will be paid.

Payment dates

For the 2016/17 academic year, bursaries will be paid on the following dates:

Payment type

Payment method

Payment dates

Tuition fee waiver

Reduction in your tuition fees                 

We inform your student funding provider automatically when your award is approved and they alter your loan accordingly.

Accommodation payment (if you're a first year student in University accommodation)

Applied directly to your accommodation fees

Three equal instalments reducing each accommodation fee charge on:

Friday 14 October 2016
Friday 13 January 2017
Friday 7 April 2017

For example, if you owe £1,800 for a term's rent and are going to receive an accommodation payment of £800 then you will only need to pay £1,000 that term. If you pay your accommodation fees by direct debit, the fees minus the bursary will automatically be taken from your account.

Cash payment

Payment direct to your bank account

Friday 28 October 2016
Friday 10 February 2017
Friday 19 May 2017

Discussing your award

We cannot discuss a case with anyone other than you. If you want someone else (including parents or carers) to discuss your bursary on your behalf, you will need to give the Student Financial Support Unit written permission. Please note we cannot disclose any detailed household income information to anyone.

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