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Goldman Sachs and Birkbeck Diversity Scholarship

Background

Through the Goldman Sachs and Birkbeck Diversity Scholarship, we are pleased to offer 10 scholarships of £5,000 per year to undergraduate students from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds to increase diversity in finance and economics subjects. 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, mentoring with experienced professionals and networking.

Scholarship details

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

  • BSc Financial Economics
  • BSc Finance with Accounting
  • BSc Economics
  • BSc Economics and Business
  • BSc Economics and Social Policy.

Value of award

These cash bursaries will offer financial support towards living costs for new undergraduate students with a Home fee status from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

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

Eligibility 

The awards are for:

  • new undergraduate students enrolling on the first year of one of the above listed programmes for the first time in 2022-23
  • 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 2022-23.

All successful applicants will be expected to take at least one finance module in their final year (such as Financial Markets, Corporate Finance or Portfolio Management.)

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • qualify for Home fee status
  • not already hold a degree or an equivalent level qualification
  • have an annual household income of less than £40,000
  • be from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups include the following:

  • Arab
  • Asian - Bangladeshi
  • Asian - Chinese
  • Asian - Indian
  • Asian - Other
  • Asian - Pakistani
  • Black - African
  • Black - Caribbean
  • Black - Other
  • Gypsy or Traveller
  • Mixed - White/Black Caribbean
  • Mixed - White/Black African
  • Mixed - White and Asian
  • Mixed - Other
  • Other - Any other Black or Minority Ethnic Group

How to apply

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

The deadline for applications is 26 August 2022.

How we assess household income

For a full-time student, proof of household income will be obtained by Birkbeck via Student Finance England (SFE). In order for us to receive this data, if you have not already done so, you must apply to SFE for means-tested (income assessed) funding. You can do this even if you do not wish to take out a loan.

We must receive your bursary data from Student Finance England by Monday 12 September 2022.

When applying to SFE, you must 'Consent To Bursary Sharing Data' in order for SFE to inform us of your household income. If you are classed as a dependent, you and your parent(s) will need to consent to share your information. If you are classed as independent you (and your partner) will need to consent to share. SFE will inform us directly of your household income.