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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 2020/21 academic year the payment dates are:

  • 2 December 2020
  • 17 February 2021
  • 28 April 2021

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:

  • in 2020 be an eligible new first year Home UK* undergraduate student
  • be registered on a full-time campus based undergraduate or foundation degree course 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 UK (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland), for student support purposes, as determined by Student Finance England or other relevant UK student loans awarding agency and have a UK Home fees status as determined by the University.

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

  • Late March: All offer-holders sent information about scholarships and bursaries
  • May onwards: Firm and insurance offer-holders sent instructions on how to apply
  • September: Applications close at midnight on 2 September 2020
  • September: Successful recipients informed of outcome

Application Process

You can apply for the Gold Scholarship through the University of Bath Application Tracker. You will be required to provide a 500-word supporting statement.

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 scholarships and bursaries web pages for information about other funding opportunities.

If you are a current student experiencing financial hardship you can speak to Student Money Advice who will be able to offer you helpful information and advice.

Full Gold Scholarship terms and conditions for 2020/21 will be available shortly

See our general terms and conditions for more information

2020/21 Terms and Conditions

Contact us

Contact Scholarships & Bursaries for more information.