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Funding a scholarship

By supporting scholarships at Bath, you can help the brightest minds to fulfil their potential.

Gold Scholarship Programme

Giving up to 50 young people per year the best possible start at Bath.


Two Gold Scholars holding up a frame

“I am the first person to go to university in my family and this scholarship really makes me feel like I can do it, that I do have the same chances as other people from affluent backgrounds. I am even more ready and motivated than before to get out there and make the world a better place.” – Gold Scholar

The Gold Scholarship Programme ensures that circumstances are no barrier to a Bath education. 80% of our Gold Scholars come from a low-income family and are twice as likely to have a declared disability or mental health issues compared to the UK home student average.

Gold Scholars receive:

  • £5,000 bursary per academic year (excluding paid placement periods)
  • Access to skills development sessions
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Pastoral support from our pool of Gold Mentors

Each Gold Scholarship is funded by a gift of £3,000 per year from our donors, supplemented by an additional £2,000 per year from the University.

Your support makes a real difference. On average 95% of Gold Scholars achieve a 2:1 or higher, and in 2019-20 they completed a total of 6,137 hours of volunteering.

Please consider funding a Gold Scholarship and enabling a young person to flourish at Bath. You can set up a scholarship in your own name, leave a gift towards a scholarship in your Will, or contribute through a monthly donation to the Alumni Fund.

Scholarships are life-changing

Watch Sherifat’s story.


Undergraduate scholarships

In addition to the Gold Scholarship Programme, the University offers a range of other undergraduate scholarships.


Sophie Drakeford-Lewis playing netball

Postgraduate scholarships

Enabling graduates to continue their studies at a higher level.


Two scholars at a Scholarship Reception

Graduates often need to find work as quickly as possible, having accumulated debts throughout their degree. For this reason further academic research may not be an option without a scholarship, especially for international students.

The University provides scholarships which are funded by the generous support of alumni. Some choose to create a scholarship in their own name. We also award scholarships funded by the generosity of our community as a whole through the Alumni Fund.

PhDs and Fellowships

Attracting the most promising researchers to Bath.


A PhD scholar in the lab

Bath is a leading research institution nurturing the next generation of talent. Often, it is high-calibre PhD students who make our leading research possible.

Thanks to support from alumni and friends, we are making breakthroughs in areas such as improving human health, pioneering green technology and shaping global society.

Here are just some of the examples of postgraduate research our donors have made possible:

  • PhD Electrical & Electronic Engineering candidate Leen Jabban, supported by the Esther Parkin Trust, Tony Best and Eur Ing Dr Brian Nicholson QC, is working to create prosthetics that will enable amputees to ‘feel’ again.
  • Josh Tyler is studying the effects of climate change of penguins in the Antarctic during his PhD in Biology, supported by an Evolution Education PhD Scholarship, in hopes of improving conservation efforts.
  • Medlock Fellow in Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation Dr Jennifer Maher in our Department for Health is investigating how high-intensity interval training can help patients with spinal cord injuries.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be doing this important research.” – Dr Jennifer Maher

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