The 2025 Foundation’s aim is to change lives, by opening-up opportunities to pursue a career in banking to those who would not otherwise have this opportunity or who would not otherwise consider such a career.

Our focus is on proactively attracting individuals who are historically under-represented in the banking profession, including individuals from minority groups and specific socioeconomic backgrounds who display the likely academic talent and drive to gain a professional banking qualification.

Bursary applicants will be new entrants to the banking profession who are keen to undertake entry-level banking qualifications and continue on a professional journey.

Precedence will be given to applicants who fit the profile of who we are trying to reach; based on the information supplied within the application form, including personal statements and referee reports.

The Foundation does not support individuals already working in banking or those who have already gained, or are working towards, professional qualifications.

Please note that financial assistance will be restricted to individuals currently living in the UK (and who have been living in the UK for at least 3 years prior to making an application). We regret we will not be able to offer assistance to overseas students.

The 2025 Foundation will work to mobilise the Chartered Banker Institute Fellowship as donors, mentors and facilitators, and may fund financial education work and other related charitable activity.