Student scholarships

Support one of our awards or funding schemes to make sure a Bristol education is available to all, regardless of background and financial need.

Futures Scholarships

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The Futures Scholarships programme awards talented students, regardless of background and financial circumstances, a total of £4,500. The first £2,000 of funding is to help with essentials in their first year at Bristol, and a further £2,500 is for employability-focused activity, for example an internship or work placement. Futures Scholars also receive guidance and career support from a dedicated coordinator.

Bristol’s first Futures Scholars began their degrees in 2019. Our generous donors have given over £375,000 to this programme to date. Find out how these donations help students like Nieve. 

Read more about the Futures Scholarship programme.

Sanctuary Scholarships

A sanctuary scholar looking out across Bristol harbour

The Sanctuary Scholarships programme supports Bristol students who are asylum seekers, refugees, or who have Limited Leave to Remain in the UK. Students from forced migration backgrounds frequently face barriers in higher education, including limited access to UK government student finance. The programme makes financial awards based on need. For example, students who are ineligible for other funding receive a full award towards tuition fees and living costs.  

Bristol's community has already given almost £200,000 to help students like Simi find their home in Bristol.

Read more about the Sanctuary Scholarship programme

Black Bristol Scholarships 

The University’s £1 million Black Bristol Scholarship programme will support around 130 Black students over the next four years. With the help of alumni and friends, the programme will provide scholarships across a variety of areas - from bursaries for undergraduate students in financial need to funds for postgraduate students. We want our University to be a place where everyone feels welcome and where everyone can thrive – the Black Bristol Scholarship programme takes us another step closer to that goal. 

Read more about the Black Bristol Scholarships programme  

High-performance Sports Scholarships

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High-performance sports scholarships, awarded through the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship, support undergraduate students with exceptional sporting talent. A scholarship helps these students to access coaching, mentoring and other support services, so they can continue and develop their sport while studying at Bristol.

Read more about the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship programme.

Scholarship support from alumni and friends is helping Badminton player Dan in his bid to reach the Tokyo Paralympics.

Make a donation

Support our student scholarships by making a donation today. 

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My scholarship has been the difference between struggling here and feeling comfortable, knowing that I have support behind me, financially and for careers too.

Kate Hunter Cannon (first year LLB), Futures scholar

The programme enables us to get a degree at one of the most prestigious universities in the country, setting us up for a great future at the end of our sporting careers.

Dan Bethell (LLB 2017, LLM 2018), 2018 European Para Badmington Gold medallist and High performance sports scholarship recipient

How you can help

To find out how you can support student scholarships, contact Alicia Jago, Head of Regular Giving and Stewardship:

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