Founded in 1919 by the businessman and philanthropist Sir Richard Stapley (1843-1920), the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust supports the work of mature students of proven academic merit, and in financial need, who are pursuing further degree qualifications at an institution in the UK. Open to students from all countries, applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of applying, as well as during their course of study. The Trust supports postgraduate degrees in any subject, as well as courses in medicine or veterinary sciences taken as a second degree. All grants are made annually, and are normally between £400 and £1,200. Please note that we do rigorously observe our eligibility criteria. For details about them, please click on the ‘applications’ button on the left hand side of this page. The Trust also assists a small number of prisoners each year who are studying for postgraduate degrees indirectly through the Open University’s offender learning programme.
The Trust has now received the maximum number of applications it can consider for funding for the academic year 2017/18. Please note that application packages for the academic year 2018/19 will be available no earlier than 3 January 2018.
§Registered charity number 313812.
The Trust has been a Registered Charity since 1974.