Scholarships Challenge Campaign

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A future where everyone who has the talent, has the opportunity

Imperial College London is to support Black students and other underrepresented groups with a series of generous scholarships and studentships as the university works to attract the best students from all backgrounds. 

The investment, launched by Imperial's President Alice Gast, will include £5 million for new scholarships and studentships for Black students and others from underrepresented groups or those facing financial barriers.  A further £5 million will support matching funds for a series of new scholarships for international students, as Imperial – one of the world's most international universities – further diversifies its global intake.  

We are launching a fundraising campaign to at least double the institution’s £10 million investment to £20 million or more through support from alumni, friends and other philanthropists. 

It comes as President Alice Gast speaks of the need to confront the “brutal fact” that “our talented community lacks diversity.”  Professor Gast said. “Many of our friends and alumni are eager to help and I invite them to use this moment to join with us to make a difference. We have seen the power of their support.”

We know that there are groups who are underrepresented in our student body. Though entry to Imperial remains fiercely competitive - with more than eight applicants per place - the university is determined to dispel myths of elitism, or any sense that STEM degrees are only for people from certain backgrounds.

President Gast said: “In our academically rigorous environment, we cannot lower standards. But we can extend opportunity.”

Imperial students are some of the best and the brightest in the world. During these unprecedented times, they need financial support now more than ever.

Becoming a donor

With your support, we can ensure that more students of diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to thrive at Imperial. To discuss how your gift can support scholarships at Imperial, please contact Kathryn McNeill at

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Information about scholarships for current and future students

Please visit Imperial's fees and funding website for more information about scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate students and scholarship opportunities for postgraduate students