Definition of bursary in English:



  • 1A scholarship to attend a college or university.

    • ‘Warwick University has been running a similar scheme since last year and last week Oxford University announced a bursary scheme for students from poorer backgrounds worth up to £2,000 over three years.’
    • ‘And regardless of financial plight, many schools award bursaries or grants to the children of parents employed in the armed forces or clergy, or as teachers.’
    • ‘The winner received a bursary to enable the study in Rome for three years of the best examples of Antique and Renaissance art while lodging at the French Academy there.’
    • ‘With student loans, grants and bursaries, they pay for their college education.’
    • ‘The company also provides bursaries for university students to take part in paid work programmes during their summer vacations.’
    • ‘A trust was created in Lahana's name to boost the education of nurses through bursaries, travel grants and awards.’
    • ‘The awards will each be worth $3,000 per year, making them among the university's top-valued bursaries.’
    • ‘So to help students along, Oxford University is offering bursaries of up to £13,000 to families with low incomes.’
    • ‘He also insisted there was scope to look at more ways of helping students from poorer backgrounds through bursaries offered by universities.’
    • ‘She won a Fulbright Scholarship for studies in America and has been awarded numerous Arts Council bursaries.’
    • ‘In addition to this, many students will be able to apply for bursaries from their University (in addition to the maintenance grant) which also will not need to be repaid.’
    • ‘Previously the bank only awarded bursaries for studies in banking and related fields, she said.’
    • ‘He hopes bursaries and charitable grants will be available to students who will struggle to meet the costs.’
    • ‘Study in America is open to anyone with five GCSEs at Grade C or above and many universities offer substantial bursaries to those unable to pay the full fees.’
    • ‘Mathers came to France as one of 16 university students who won bursaries from the Canadian Battlefields Foundation to study Canada's war history across Europe.’
    • ‘Tessier has been studying religion at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and received a bursary to study English.’
    • ‘Last year, Patricia McMahon, who attended St Patrick s Community College, was awarded the bursary.’
    • ‘The sponsors of the various scholarships and bursaries then presented special awards to the students.’
    • ‘Students can also get bursaries from English universities to help to cover the cost.’
    • ‘Towards the end of this year, the Law Society of Namibia will again be looking for candidates to award bursaries for the study of law.’
    grant, allowance, endowment, contribution, donation, gift, present, investment, bestowal, benefaction, allocation, allotment, handout
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  • 2The treasury of an institution, especially a religious one.

    • ‘The duties are varied but will include secretarial support for the College Accountant and Land Agent as well as personal assistant in the Bursary.’
    • ‘There is a vacancy for a full-time Bursary Secretary/Administrator.’
    • ‘My grant cheque arrived on time at the college bursary.’


Late 17th century (in bursary (sense 2)): from medieval Latin bursaria, from bursa ‘bag, purse’ (see bursa).