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Gold Scholarship Programme

The Gold Scholarship Programme offers a bursary of £5,000 for each year of your studies plus an enrichment programme to enhance your personal development.

About the Gold Scholarship

Learn more about the Gold Scholarship.


We are offering up to 50 students a year the opportunity to take part in this exciting scholarship programme.

The Gold Scholarship provides a £5,000 bursary for each year of study (not including paid placement periods) to help towards course-related costs, and includes a range of activities to help you make the most of your Bath experience and develop your career aspirations, including:

  • 50 hours of volunteering, fundraising or outreach a year
  • optional mentoring
  • personal development, networking and skills training sessions*
  • support with placements and internships
  • pastoral support networks

*Scholars are required to take part in a number of sessions across the academic year, some of which will take place on evenings and at weekends.

Bursaries are usually paid in three equal instalments in December, February and May. For the 2021/22 academic year the payment dates are:

  • 1 December 2021
  • 16 February 2022
  • 27 April 2022

Supporting you starting at Bath and accessing technology

If you are a new first year undergraduate student receiving a Gold Scholarship, we will make an early scholarship payment of £500 prior to starting your studies to support your access to and any purchase of technology you may require before teaching starts. In order to receive this payment you must have completed Registration On Line and all administrative tasks associated with your confirmation of place to study at Bath and have provided your bank details by a set date. You will be emailed information on how to submit bank details should you be successful in gaining a Gold Scholarship.

If you are a current Gold Scholar please refer to the Gold Scholarship Programme terms and conditions for your year of entry.

Find out about being a scholar from our student bloggers.

Scholar stories

Watch current Gold Scholars talking about the Gold Scholarship and discover what it's like to be a scholarship recipient at Bath.


Eligibility criteria

Find out if you are eligible to apply for the Gold Scholarship.


To be eligible, you must:

  • be an eligible new first year Home UK* undergraduate student starting studies in 2021 and
  • be registered on a full-time campus based undergraduate degree and
  • be eligible for and have a student loans household income assessment of £25,000 or below

You must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

*Eligible UK students are those assessed as eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans, as determined by Student Finance England, or other relevant UK student loans awarding agency, and have a Home fees status as determined by the University. When applying for the maintenance element of student loans you should request these to be based on your household income.

These awards are discretionary, so even if you meet the criteria you are not guaranteed one. Some awards may be linked to specific faculties, departments or courses of study.

You can apply for both the Gold Scholarship and a Bath Bursary, but you will only receive one award if successful.


How to apply

Find out how to apply for the Gold Scholarship.


Application Timeline

  • March onwards: All 2021 entry offer-holders sent information about scholarships and bursaries
  • May onwards: Firm and insurance offer-holders for 2021 entry will be emailed information on how to apply
  • 6 September 2021: Applications close for the Gold Scholarship Programme
  • mid September: Notification of Gold Scholarship award outcomes will be emailed

Application Process

New first year undergraduates who are due to start studies in 2021 will be invited to apply for the Gold Scholarship through your University of Bath Application Tracker. You will be required to provide a 500-word supporting statement. You will be invited, by email, to do this from mid May 2021, if you have made us your Firm or Insurance choice via UCAS.

Make sure you have given permission for your/your family's household income assessment to be shared with the University by your student loans awarding agency. This is needed so we can assess your eligibility for our funding awards.

The University is grateful to our alumni and individual donors who support these awards.


Other funding opportunities

Find out about other funding opportunities.


See our general terms and conditions for more information

2021/22 Terms and Conditions

Contact us

Contact Scholarships & Bursaries for more information.