Scholarships and Student Funding

ICAS Foundation Bursaries

Bursaries for qualifying students resident in Scotland studying Accountancy or Finance.

The ICAS Foundation was established to assist primarily young people who require financial and mentoring assistance to make progress on their journey to Chartered Accountancy and other finance and management-related disciplines. The Foundation will offer up to five bursaries to students commencing undergraduate degrees in qualifying subjects at the University of Edinburgh in the 2020-2021 academic session.

The value of the bursaries will range from £1,000 to £2,500 per annum, dependent on household income. The bursaries will normally be made available for the duration of a student's undergraduate degree.

Students may also be eligible for mentoring and paid summer work placements through the scheme, to be organised through the ICAS Foundation.


The bursaries will be open to applicants resident in Scotland who are accepted on to an undergraduate course at the University of Edinburgh in Accountancy or Finance (or any joint degree that includes one or more of these subjects - preferably the dominant part if not 50/50 split).

Students must, while demonstrating ability and potential to complete an undergraduate degree, have financial or personal circumstances that might otherwise inhibit that progression.

Recipients must maintain an academic standard that would eventually lead to a 2:1 Honours classification. An award may be withdrawn if a student fails to meet that academic standard as measured by the University.


Applications for the ICAS Foundation Bursaries can be made by downloading the bursary application from the ICAS Foundation web site.

Due to current circumstances, including extensions to UCAS dates, the closing date for completed applications is now 10 June 2020

 - the outcome or next steps for applications will be confirmed within six weeks of the application period closing.   


Applications will be considered by the ICAS Foundation Trustees and other advisors that they consider appropriate.


The ICAS Foundation aims to inform applicants of the result of their application 6-8 weeks after submission provided all relevant information is submitted correctly.