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Scholarships

University scholarships

A university scholarship is a non-repayable financial award usually given to students following a competitive application process. They can also be awarded based on outstanding academic achievements or extra-curricular activities.

Student Financial Support administers a limited number of scholarships on behalf of the University. Please check eligibility criteria before applying. Opening dates and further information on future rounds will be updated as and when they become available.

This list is not exhaustive. In addition, we recommend that you contact your academic departmental office for information on any additional scholarships being run independently within your department.

Scholarships Award / eligibility Application deadline How to apply Contact
Laidlaw Scholarship
  • An opportunity for students to undertake a unique research project and an innovative and accredited leadership development programme.
  • For undergraduate students in their first year of a three year degree or in the first or second year of a four year degree.
Wednesday 25 January 2023

Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window.

laidlaw-scholarship@york.ac.uk

Santander Universities Scholars Programme
  • Aimed at home undergraduate students from groups which are most likely to face challenges when attending university
  • For undergraduate students due to graduate in 2025 
  • Each student will receive £30,000 of funding over three academic years, employability training and development sessions and a dedicated mentor
Tuesday 31 January 2023

santander.universities@santander.co.uk

York Futures Scholarship
  • Funds students to access opportunities that give them a head start in the job market.
  • For full time students studying for an undergraduate, integrated masters or postgraduate taught degree who meet certain criteria.
  • Awards of £250, £1,000, £3,000 and £6,000 are available, depending on the opportunity.

There are two application rounds each year in Autumn Term and Easter vacation.


Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window. 

york-futures-scholarship@york.ac.uk
Mature Student Scholarship
  • Supports first year undergraduate students who were 25 or over on the first day of their course, with study related costs.

Applications will open on Monday 20 February 2023 and close on Friday 10 March 2023.

Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window.

mature-students-info@york.ac.uk 

Be Exceptional 60th Anniversary Scholarships
  • A scholarship awarded to international students to support them during their studies.
  • £7,500 tuition fee discount in the first year.

Applications for 2023/24 will open on Monday 9 June 2023 and will close 12 June 2023.

  • Apply online
Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window.
international@york.ac.uk 
Postgraduate 60th Anniversary Scholarships
  • £5,00, £7,000 and £10,000 tuition fee discount.

All postgraduate taught students will be automatically considered and we will notify successful awardees in two rounds on 21 April 2023 and 7 July 2023, based on the date of application.

  international@york.ac.uk 
York Opportunity Scholarship 2022
  • The scholarships are designed to assist those who have faced significant barriers to their educational goals.
  • Each scholarship is worth a total of £3,300 paid in annual instalments of £1,100 for three years.
  • These scholarships have been extremely competitive in previous years.
Applications for 2022/23 close on Friday 30 September 2022. Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window.  yos@york.ac.uk 
Future Voices Scholarship programme
  • Open to UK first year  undergraduates studying subjects from the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.
  • A package of financial and industry support to students from Black, Asian, Gypsy, Traveller, and ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • Each scholarship is worth a total of £3,600 paid in annual instalments of £1,200 for three years.
Applications close on Friday 1 September 2023. Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window.  paul.ryan@york.ac.uk  
Joan Samuels Scholarship Award 
  • Available to current PGT and PGR students with a disability 
  • Programmes must be at least one year in duration
  • One £1,000 scholarship to be paid against University tuition fees Application
Applications close on Friday 4 November 2022 Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window.  sfsu@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate researchers

See information about research funding on the York Graduate Research School pages.

External scholarships

Some external organisations offer scholarships. It is recommended that students investigate external scholarship opportunities before applying, including reading the criteria carefully. This list is not exhaustive.

If you are an external organisation that can offer a scholarship to our students, please send full scholarship information and how to apply to global-programmes@york.ac.uk

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.
  • Visit the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust website for more information on closing dates.
The Investor's Podcast Network
  • Open to currently enrolled students at all study levels across the globe.
  • One $1,000 (USD) scholarship sponsored by The Investor's Podcast is available.
  • The closing date is 1 October 2021.

Got a great idea for a project and looking for funding?

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