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 undergraduate students who successfully complete the York Award at the start of their second academic year.
  • The York Futures Scholarship is highly competitive. All undergraduates 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 currently 90 scholarships available each worth £1,050 per annum for a maximum of two years. They are paid in instalments of £500 in December and £550 in April initially.
  • Students will receive the award in 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 application form

York Award applications will open in Week 2 of Autumn Term 2018 with a closing date in Week 4 (exact date tbc). At the time of applying for the York Award students can indicate their intention to apply for a York Futures Scholarship.

York Futures Scholarship deadline

The deadline for next year's York Futures Scholarship applications is currently under review and further details will be published in May 2018. The process will follw the York Award and successful applicants will then receive the first installment of the Scholarship towards the end of the 2018 Autumn Term.

Who to contact

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