Strathclyde Business SchoolDepartment of Accounting & Finance

ICAS Foundation Programme (Financial / Mentoring Assistance)

Support for qualifying UK students studying Accountancy or Finance.

The ICAS Foundation programme supports academically talented young people from less advantaged backgrounds by helping them take their first steps into a professional career in accountancy or finance.

ICAS Foundation programme students receive:

  • A financial bursary of up to £2,500 each year (to a maximum of £10,000 over four years) to assist with study costs, normally available for the duration of a student’s undergraduate degree.
  • Mentoring from an experienced Chartered Accountant.
  • Assistance in finding internships and graduate roles.

Here are a few case study profiles of Strathclyde graduates who have previously been supported by the ICAS Foundation,  Amy Mellis CA , Hazel Smith CA , Connor Boyd CA.


  • All applicants must be UK citizens, or residents with leave to remain.
  • You must be planning to study or currently studying an undergraduate course in Accountancy and / or Finance at the University of Strathclyde. If you are studying a joint degree, at least 50% of your course should involve study of Accounting or Finance topics.
  • Your parental, guardian or household annual income must be below £34,000.
  • You must be eligible to receive a government-funded bursary to study at university e.g., SAAS.
  • You should not be in receipt of similar financial support from any other foundation, university or trust.

Our full eligibility criteria can be found on our website.


Applications open each Spring for entry in the next academic year.

The closing date for completed applications in this academic cycle is Friday 31st May 2024. 


Applications will be considered by the ICAS Foundation Trustees and other advisors that they consider appropriate. Foundation programme applicants who are put forward will be asked to provide more detailed information about their financial circumstances. Applicants who are eligible and approved in principle will be invited to attend a final stage informal interview, where their application will be discussed in more detail before funding is confirmed. 


The ICAS Foundation aims to inform all applicants of the result of their application within 6 weeks of the closing date for applications.

The ICAS Foundation is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC034836. For more information, contact the ICAS Foundation at


Previous awards


ICAEW Bursary

Changing Futures Bursary Programme

The Foundation provides bursaries through UK universities, and in Hong Kong and Cyprus, for talented students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds wishing to study for an accountancy or finance related degree at university.

Applying for an ICAEW Foundation Changing Futures Bursary

We offer a very limited number of bursaries each year and the awarding criteria is strictly applied.

Our bursaries are specifically for talented but financially disadvantaged (a family income of circa £25,000 pa) school leavers who would like to study for an accountancy or finance related degree at university. We would like to assist students who specifically do not qualify for any other form of financial assistance or funding.


Available to students starting in September 2022

Strong academic record and desire to progress within the accountancy profession

Undertaking a degree in Accounting

Financial background- from a household with an income circa £25,000 per annum

How to Apply

Please complete the ICAEW Bursary Application and email it to by Friday 23rd September 2022

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