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Placement Bursary

If you receive the Bath Bursary or Gold Scholarship and are going on an unpaid placement, you may be eligible for this extra award of up to £2,000.

About the bursary

Find out about the Placement Bursary.


If you receive the Bath Bursary or Gold Scholarship and are planning to do an unpaid placement period as part of your degree, you could be paid this extra award of up to £2,000. This award will be paid in addition to your Bath Bursary or Gold Scholarship. The award is worth either £1,000 or £2,000, depending on the type of placement that you are undertaking.

Bursaries are usually paid as a single instalment in December, alongside the first instalment of your Bath Bursary or Gold Scholarship.


Eligibility criteria

Find out if you are eligible to receive the Placement Bursary.


To be eligible, you must:

  • be a home UK undergraduate student
  • have commenced your undergraduate course in 2012 or later
  • be undertaking an unpaid placement period or study abroad as part of your degree in the 2020/21 academic year

You will receive:

  • the full award of £2,000 if you are doing a full-year unpaid placement and/or study abroad
  • a pro rata award of £1,000 if you are doing a placement year that is part paid and part unpaid and/or study abroad
  • a pro rata award of £1,000 if you are doing a thin sandwich placement that is unpaid and/or study abroad

Placement course definition

Find out how a placement course is defined for the purposes of this funding scheme.


For the purposes of this bursary scheme, a placement course:

  • is a course that has a full or half-year placement option as an integral part of the course
  • is defined by the UCAS codes that identify the course as an undergraduate degree course with placement
  • can be made up of paid or unpaid employment, research, or study abroad. These periods normally attract a reduced tuition fee liability

Your placement will be classed as unpaid if:

  • you are carrying out unpaid employment, research, or study abroad
  • you are in receipt of a stipend – a paid allowance that is non-taxable income

How to apply

Find out how to apply for a bursary.


Application timeline

The final date for us to consider awards for the 2020/21 academic year is 30 November 2020.

Application process

You do not need to submit an application form, as awards are automatic based on data in your student SAMIS record.

Your department placement team will require you to submit information about your placement via your SAMIS record. This will include whether you are on a paid or unpaid placement, or if you are receiving a stipend. You should speak to your department placement team if you have any questions about this process.

You will be notified by email once your SAMIS record has been updated to confirm that your placement meets the criteria. You will only receive payment once this have been completed. If your record is incomplete we may not be able to determine your eligibility for the bursary and as such you may not receive the Placement Bursary.


Other funding opportunities

Find out about other funding opportunities.


Student Money Advice have lots of tips on planning your finances for your placement year, including other funding opportunities.

If you are undertaking a full-year paid placement, or a thin sandwich paid placement, you will not be eligible for the Placement Bursary.

If you have concerns about your finances or are experiencing financial hardship, you should speak to Student Money Advice for further guidance and to discuss other possible funding options.

See our terms and conditions for more information

2020/21 Terms and Conditions

Contact us

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