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).

Are You Eligible?

If you can answer yes to these questions you are eligible to apply for an ICAS Foundation Bursary:

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 application form 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.

Application form

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.

2019 Application Drop-In Sessions

We are holding Application Drop-In events in Edinburgh and Glasgow during March and May 2019. These events are an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the support we provide and ask questions about our application process. There will be a short presentation at 4pm and staff will be available until 6pm to answer questions.

Please note that these events are primarily for school pupils and college students who currently hold an offer to study accountancy and finance at university in 2019/20. We also welcome teachers, lecturers and career advisers wishing to learn more about our support and any pupils who are interested in applying for university study in subsequent years.

For further information and to register for a drop-in session CLICK HERE.