Scholarships and bursaries for Undergraduate students

Find out if you can apply for funds to help with your studies

Bursaries and scholarships are grants given to students that they do not need to pay back. At York St John University, we have a range of scholarships and bursaries for our students.


Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship

The scheme gives the children of those who have died in the service of their country a head start in life by providing university scholarships. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at

Sanctuary Scholarship

We are immensely proud to join the growing network of universities that offer scholarships to students who have sought refuge in the UK. This scholarship is offered in collaboration with the Article 26 Project.

Article 26 refers to the section of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that everyone has the right to education, and specifies that higher education should be equally accessible to all people on the basis of merit alone.

At York St John University we want to make a positive contribution to the world we live in. Our community is made richer by welcoming students from culturally diverse backgrounds. We recognise that these students have already shown remarkable strength, resilience and commitment so each year we will offer a scholarship that includes:

  • A full tuition fee waiver.
  • £1,000 per year towards the costs of living.
  • One-to-one personalised support.

International Scholarship

For 2019 entry a £1,000 fee reduction will be offered to International Students (Non-EU) for Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses.

In order to qualify for this fee reduction applicants must have applied for their course, been accepted and paid their deposit by 30 June 2019 for a September start.

This offer is open to students who are assessed as International, or ‘Overseas’ for fee purposes.

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme. They are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations.

Available in over 160 countries and territories the scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue one-year Master’s degrees in any subject and at any UK university.

Chevening Scholars have ambition and leadership potential, a strong academic background and an excellent record of rising to prominent positions in their countries.

There are over 44,000 Chevening Alumni around the world, together forming an influential and highly regarded global network. Applicants should be high-calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership.

A full list of eligibility criteria is available on the Chevening website. 2020/2021 applications will reopen in August 2019. Applications must be submitted online.

Vice Chancellor's Scholarship

Over 50% of our students come from groups underrepresented in Higher Education. This is something we're really proud of but we know these students may need some extra help to succeed. 

The Vice Chancellor's Scholarships will be awarded to Undergraduate students in any year of study who are in particular need of extra support. The scholarship comprises of £1,000 per year throughout the remainder of your Undergraduate degree, plus dedicated one-on-one support and advice from our Student Support Team.

There are six scholarships available this year: two Welcome Back to Education scholarships and four Vice Chancellor’s Enabling Education scholarships.

The Welcome Back to Education scholarships are aimed at students who started Higher Education after the age of twenty one. The Enabling Education scholarships are for students facings significant barriers to study.

For both scholarships priority will be given to applicants who fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • Students who are carers
  • Students with one or more child
  • Students who are estranged from their families (applicants applying on this criteria must be under 25)
  • Students whose family circumstances have altered drastically since filling out their loan application (i.e. bereavement, chronic illness, divorce or redundancy)
  • Students whose residual household income is less than £26,000

Details on how to apply will be available from September 2019.


Care Leaver Bursary

As a care leaver you may be entitled to funding from your Local Authority, please visit for more information.

York St John University provides financial support for students who have been in care or a Foyer Foundation for at least three months in the three years before study. If you think you may be eligible for this support please visit our care leavers webpage.

Help for single parent students

Single parents can find information on potential sources of funding via the Gingerbread website for students.

Adult Learner Support

For information on financial assistance for adult learners please visit or contact +44(0)800 100 900.

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