York Futures Scholarship

The York Futures Scholarship (formerly Achieving Excellence Bursary) funds students to access opportunities that give them a head start in the job market. It is funded by York’s alumni and friends community through philanthropic donations.


    Applications are open to students currently in the first year of an undergraduate degree who successfully complete the York Award and will be continuing at York beyond the current academic year.
  • The AEB is highly competitive. All first years who pass the York Award may apply, however, it is predominantly there to support those from a background less familiar with the graduate labour market, for example those who are the first in their family to go to University.
  • Applications will be considered using a points system, with points allocated across several criteria, including whether a student is first in their family to attend university, household income or eligibility for other bursaries, academic achievement and extra-curricular record.
  • There are 70 awards each worth £1,050 per annum for a maximum of two years, paid in instalments of £500 in November and £550 in April initially.
  • Students will receive the award as they enter their second year and will be eligible for continued funding for a further year (successful applicants on four year courses can choose to receive the award in their third or fourth year).

York Award 

To apply for the scholarship you must be able to demonstrate steps taken to enhance your employability. This is by:

  1. Completing stage one of the York Award
  2. Demonstrating academic results equivalent to a 2:2 or above
  3. Completing a short AEB application form

Closing date for York Award applications: Tuesday 2 May 2017 (Week 3, Summer Term)

You will be asked on your York Award application if you wish to be considered for the Achieving Excellence Bursary and will then be sent a short follow up form.

Deadline to submit Achieving Excellence Bursary form: 9.00am on Monday 3 July 2017. Successful applicants will receive the newly named York Futures Scholarship.

Who to contact

  • Careers and Placements
    +44 (0)1904 322685  or +44 (0)1904 322680