About the programme
Now in its fourth round, the Lord Bhattacharyya Higher Educations Bursaries support eligible students from selected sixth forms, FE colleges and academies across the West Midlands as they progress from A Levels and vocational qualifications to study degree-level engineering or related courses at any UK university. Students from low income households, and those who are under-represented in the engineering sector, are being offered the exciting opportunity to apply for a £15,000 bursary to support their studies.
Applications are open as of Monday 6th March 2023, and close at 4pm on Monday 3rd July.
Applying for a bursary
Before you apply, please download and read the Application Guidance. This will help you understand whether you are eligible to apply, and provide thorough instructions to help you complete your application - you should refer to the guide throughout the application process as it gives additional guidance for answering the application questions.
The scheme is only open to eligible students from the following schools, colleges and academies which are participating in the Lord Bhattacharyya Engineering Education Programme:
- Barr's Hill School, Coventry
- Blue Coat C of E School and Music College, Coventry
- Colmers School and Sixth Form College, Birmingham
- Coventry College, Coventry
- Ernesford Grange Community Academy, Coventry
- Etone College, Nuneaton
- Meadow Park School, Coventry
- Nicholas Chamberlaine School, Bedworth
- North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (Nuneaton Campus only)
- Rugby College, part of Warwickshire College Group
- Rugby Free Secondary School, Rugby
- Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic School and Sixth Form, Birmingham
- Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
- Solihull College & University Centre, Solihull
- South and City College Birmingham
- WMG Academy for Yong Engineers, Coventry
- WMG Academy for Young Engineers, Solihull
You will need to be a resident of the UK, eligible to pay UK home fees at university (not international fees), and plan to start your course in autumn 2023.
You should also be able to answer 'yes' to one, or both, of the following statements:
- At least one of my parents/guardians receives state benefits
- I have been continuously eligible for free school meals since the start of my post-16 studies
Even if you do not strictly meet the criteria above, we would still love to hear from you - applications will be considered on a case by case basis, and we invite you to explain your motivations for applying.
Any applications that are incomplete, do not meet the eligibility criteria, or do not adhere to the guidelines will be rejected. The Academy is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from women and other groups who are currently under-represented in engineering.
The Lord Bhattacharyya Engineering Education Programme is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with WMG at the University of Warwick.