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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.

ScholarshipsAward / eligibilityApplication deadlineHow to applyContact
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.
Due to open in November 2021.

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

laidlaw-scholarship@york.ac.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.

Now open. Application deadline 8 November 2021.

Future rounds will run in  April 2022.


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 are expected to open in February 2022.

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

mature-students-info@york.ac.uk 

Be Exceptional Scholarships
  • A scholarship awarded to international students to support them during their studies.
  • Awards range from a £2,500 - £7,500 tuition fee discount.
  • By applying to the Be Exceptional Scholarship, you will automatically be considered for the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships

Both rounds are now closed.

Future rounds will open in January 2022 and April 2022.

  • Apply online
Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window.
international@york.ac.uk 
York Opportunity Scholarship
  • 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 2021/22 scholarships open on Friday 1 October 2021. Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window.  yos@york.ac.uk 
Visionaries Scholarship Programme
  • A package of financial and industry support to welcome talented UK undergraduate students from Black, Asian, Gypsy, Traveller, and ethnically diverse backgrounds to our creative community.
  • Each scholarship is worth a total of £3,600 paid in annual instalments of £1,200 for three years.
  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
5pm, Friday 29 October 2021 Please note that the application form is not available outside of the application window.  sfsu@york.ac.uk
Enigma Scholarship
  • The scholarships are designed to assist those who have faced significant barriers to their educational goals, and offer the opportunity to work on a team project.
  • Each scholarship is worth a total of £3,300, paid in annual instalments of £1,100 for three years.
  • Enigma scholars will participate in a project, tackling a real-world problem that helps to develop skills and make a difference to society.
Friday 5 November 2021 enigma-scholarship@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?

Did you know that University of York's alumni fund schemes can help support your project ideas? Find out more about project funding.

Who to contact

For scholarship related enquiries, please contact:

  • Student Financial Support 
    +44 (0)1904 324043
    sfsu@york.ac.uk
    (Office hours: Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm)

For other financial queries, please see the relevant contact details.