Apply for a bursary

The ICAS Foundation awards bursaries of up to £2,500 per year, to individuals whose parents or guardians earn under a certain threshold per annum. The bursaries aim to help alleviate the costs of studying and, for example, day-to-day living costs. Bursaries are available to secondary school students, college students or students already at university who are applying to study on an approved course, for example an accountancy or finance degree.

Individuals receiving an ICAS Foundation bursary are automatically enrolled in the ICAS mentoring scheme which aims to help young people to reach their fullest potential with the help and support of an experienced Chartered Accountant (CA).

Bursary applications are accepted annually in Spring for the following academic year.

Are You Eligible?

If you are a UK citizen, or a UK resident with leave to remain, you are eligible to apply to the ICAS Foundation if you can answer yes to the following questions:

If the answer is yes to all of the above then you are eligible to apply for an ICAS Foundation Bursary.

Students in receipt of a scholarship from the university or a trust similar to the ICAS Foundation are not eligible to apply. If you would like to clarify your eligibility please e-mail

How to apply

Please complete this ICASF Bursary Application Form and Guidelines 2020 paying particular attention to the Bursary Application Guidelines prior to completing the form. Once we have received your completed application together with supporting documentation we will acknowledge receipt and consider the evidence and references that you have submitted.

A committee of ICAS Foundation Trustees will review all of the information submitted when making a decision.

What we are looking for

There is no wrong or right way to complete the personal statement but the following information should be included:

We would recommend you make full use of the 1000 words available for your personal statement.