Our annual grant round for the academic year 2020/21 is now closed.   This is because we have reached the maximum number of applications that we can consider.  We can no longer accept any applications for 2020/21.
Our next annual grant round will be for the academic year 2021/22. We will open for applications for 2021/22 on 4 January 2021.  If you wish to receive an email reminder when we open for applications on 4 January 2021, please enter your email address below.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be: 

a) I will be over the age of 24 on 1st October 2021

b) I have been accepted (or I am applying for) a place on a degree course in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies taken as a second degree, or a full- or part-time place on a Masters or Doctoral degree programme in any discipline, at a UK university in the academic year 2021/22

c) I will already be resident in the UK when I apply for the grant 

d) I will remain resident in the UK throughout the course of study

e) I will be facing demonstrable financial need in the academic year 2021/22 (details about how this is calculated are in the application form).

Note that applications are welcome from students beginning their first year of study, as well as from those already embarked on their degree course.

If each one of a) to e) above applies, then you are eligible to apply for a grant. The application form and necessary supporting documents are available to download above. 

Post-graduate students 

Or those applying for post-graduate courses:

If you are a postgraduate student, or applying for a place on a postgraduate degree course, you must hold a first- or strong 2i honours degree (at least 65%) from a UK institution (or its equivalent from a non-UK institution) or hold a Masters degree from a UK institution, or its overseas equivalent.*


Click this link, overseas degrees equivalencies, for a list of degree qualifications from other countries that the Trust considers the equivalent of a UK strong 2i (UK 65% or higher).


We do accept applications from final year BA/BSc students, but the awarding of any grant is contingent upon the outcome of their first degree.

Grant Information

Awards are competitive and made on the basis of academic merit and financial need.  All grants are awarded for a full year of academic study and for one year only.  Applicants for full time postgraduate degree courses may be supported for up to a maximum of three years, but new applications must be submitted each year. Part-time postgraduate courses can be funded for a maximum of six years, but new applications have to be submitted each year.


Grants are normally from £500 to £1,300 in value. They are intended to cover the shortfall incurred by educational and subsistence expenses upon payment of tuition fees. Before award money can be released, applicants must confirm that their financial situation has not improved significantly and that they still have a financial shortfall.

The Trust does not fund:

Please note that currently we do not fund the following: 

a) Electives


b) Student placements


c) Diploma courses


d) PGCE courses


e) Professional training courses (e.g. Law Society, Royal College, examinations, PLAB tests)


f) Students who have already been supported by the Trust for a postgraduate degree in another field


g) Students currently holding a major award from another source (i.e. a grant intended to cover full fees and subsistence)*


h) Full-time PhD students beyond a third year of study


i) Part-time PhD students beyond a sixth year of study


If you have any questions with regards to the application process, please do get in touch via the contact page below. 

sir richard stapley educational trust

The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust
PO Box 76132
E8 9HE

Registered Charity No. 313812

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