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Goldman Sachs and Birkbeck Diversity Scholarship


Through the Goldman Sachs and Birkbeck Diversity Scholarship, we are pleased to offer 10 scholarships of £5,000 per year to Black undergraduate students to increase diversity in finance. These scholarships have been made possible through generous support from Goldman Sachs Gives.

Students who are successful in securing a scholarship will have the opportunity to take part in additional engagement opportunities, including events, academic and professional development programmes, mentoring with experienced professionals and networking.

Scholarship details

These scholarships are being offered to new full-time students enrolling on the first year of the following programmes:

  • BSc Computing
  • BSc Data Science and Computing
  • BSc Economics
  • BSc Financial Economics
  • BSc Economics and/with Mathematics
  • BSc Economics and Social Policy
  • BSc Mathematics
  • BSc Mathematics with Statistics
  • BSc Accounting
  • BSc Accounting and Finance
  • BSc Finance
  • BSc Finance with Accounting
  • BSc Business
  • BSc Business and Human Resource Management
  • BSc Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • BSc Business Psychology
  • BSc Economics and Business
  • BSc International Business
  • BSc Management
  • BSc Marketing
  • BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • LLB Law
  • LLB Law and Commercial Law
  • LLB Law and Human Rights
  • LLB Law and Legal Practice
  • BSc Biomedicine
  • BSc Bioscience and Health
  • BSc Bioscience with Management
  • BSc Geology
  • BSc Planetary Exploration with Astronomy and Astrobiology
  • BSc Psychology

The team at Goldman Sachs are keen to support more Black talent to enter the finance sector from a range of academic backgrounds. Please tell us why you are interested in finance and/or a career in the financial services sector.

Please note that applicants who have previously studied finance and/or will be undertaking a finance module(s) at Birkbeck will receive higher applications scores from the academic panel.

Your interest in finance can be evidenced in several ways, for example:

  • work experience or internships in the financial services sector or a finance related role
  • attendance of finance related events, such as careers fairs or careers talks at school or college
  • personal learning and development, i.e., reading books, listening to podcasts, taking finance modules, etc
  • your career goals and/or how you would like to have an impact in the finance sector
  • sharing your opinions on the finance sector or a finance related topic, this could be a topic such as the 2008 financial crisis or microfinance initiatives etc

Value of award

These cash bursaries will offer financial support towards living costs for new undergraduate students with a Home fee status.

Successful candidates will be awarded a £5,000 cash bursary in each year of one of the three-year undergraduate programmes listed above.


The awards are for:

  • new undergraduate full-time students enrolling on the first year of one of the above listed programmes for the first time in 2024-25
  • undergraduate students who have completed a Foundation Year at Birkbeck and will be enrolling on the first year of one of the above listed programmes for the first time in 2024-25.

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • qualify for Home fee status
  • not already hold a degree or an equivalent level qualification
  • be from a Black background.

Eligible groups include the following:

  • Black - African
  • Black - Caribbean
  • Black - Other
  • Mixed - White/Black Caribbean
  • Mixed - White/Black African
  • Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)

How to apply

The scholarship application deadline is midnight 31 August 2024.

Apply for a place on your chosen course via UCAS and complete the online application form.

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, so we advise applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the scholarship application, please contact , Goldman Sachs Student Success Tutor.