Undergraduate bursaries, awards and scholarships

There are many forms of financial support on offer for our prospective undergraduate students. The funding opportunities below relate to the academic year 2021-2022.

Please note that before applying for a bursary or scholarship you must hold an offer to study at the RAU.


NameAmount of bursary
Widening Access Financial Support Bursary£1,500 per year plus reasonable travel costs

University Core Bursary

Maximum of £3,000 financial help (£1,000 for each year of study)
RAU Support Bursary£1,000 per year (up to a maximum of three years). 

Equine Travel Bursary

£3,500 in total to cover two study trips (excluding subsistence)

Jordans and the Prince's Countryside Fund Sustainable Agriculture Bursary£3,000 in first year and a further £1,000 in both second and third year of study
Douglas Bomford Trust Scholarship: information and application form£2,000 for one year, half in January 2021 and the balance in April 2021

Additional awards

The following additional awards are available for application for new undergraduate students starting their studies in 2021.

Students can only be awarded one additional award on top of the Core University Bursary. 

Once you have applied, we may give a different additional award compared to the one applied for, if the amount available to you would be greater and you meet the eligibility criteria for the higher award.

NameAmount of awardSource of funding

FE Turner Award

£1,500 per year (up to a maximum of three years)Trust

Pilkington Farms Partnership Prize

Final year’s tuition fee, currently £9,250, offered as a fee-waiver


RAU Cirencester Scholarship

Up to £3,000 per year cash payment (up to a maximum of three years)RAU

RAU Outstanding Achievers Scholarship

Up to £2,000 per year (up to a maximum of three years)RAU
RAU Sports ScholarshipsUp to £3,000 per year (up to a maximum of three years)RAU
Sir Emrys Jones Memorial Trust award

£1,500 per year

Walter Smith Award

£2,000 per year (up to a maximum of three years)


External awards

NameAmount of awardSource of funding
Joe Henson MBE Bursary£1,000 per year for up to 3 yearsThree Counties Agricultural Society
Lycetts Summer ScholarshipOne available for £2,500 to current second year students on any course


Hardship funding

If you are in financial hardship you can apply for additional help from the hardship fund at any point throughout the duration of your course and irrespective of any other bursaries you have already been awarded. Please contact [email protected] for details and we'll be happy to advise.