The cast of hit US sitcom The Big Bang Theory has established a scholarship for students studying science and maths at the University of California.

The Emmy-winning series features characters who are physicists and engineers.

Now the actors, in partnership with show co-creator Chuck Lorre’s Family Foundation, have set up a scholarship for aspiring scientists at the top Los Angeles institution.

Lorre’s organisation and nearly 50 of The Big Bang Theory crew and cast members, including Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, have raised more than $US4 million ($A5.23 million) for The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment.

It will benefit 20 incoming undergraduate students in need of financial aid and looking to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the university.

“We have all been given a gift with The Big Bang Theory, a show that’s not only based in the scientific community, but also enthusiastically supported by that same community,” Lorre said in a statement.


The partnership marks the first scholarship endowment created and funded by a television show at UCLA.


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