Am I eligible to apply?
To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be:
a) 24 years of age or older on 1 October 2021
b) graduates with a First Class or Upper-Second Class honours degree (2:1), or a master’s or doctoral degree or final year undergraduate students who are expected to achieve a 1st or 2.1
c) accepted on to or applying for a course of study in 2021/22 for a degree in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science taken as a second degree, or for a higher degree (master's, PhD, or their equivalent) in any subject, at a University in the United Kingdom
d) already resident in the UK at the time of application
e) planning to remain resident in the UK throughout the course of study
f) facing a financial shortfall in the academic year 2021/22. (This is assessed in Section G of 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 f) above applies, then you are eligible to apply for a grant. The application form will be available to download from 4 January 2021 until we have received the maximum number of 300 applications, at which point the application ‘window’ will close.
Or those applying for postgraduate courses:
If you are a postgraduate student, or applying for a place on a postgraduate degree course, you must hold a First Class or 2:1 honours degree or or hold a master’s or doctoral degree from a UK institution, or their overseas equivalents – see next paragraph.
If your first or subsequent degree was awarded by a university outside the UK, and you have not previously been awarded a grant from our Trust, then you MUST obtain and submit with your application a letter from the UK University at which you plan to study in 2021/22. This letter should confirm that the University considers your overseas degree to be equivalent to a UK First Class or Upper-Second Class degree with honours, or a master’s or doctoral degree. Applications which come without this letter will be rejected without further discussion. (If you have previously been awarded a grant from our Trust, you do not need to submit the letter from the UK University.)
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.
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 four years, but new applications must be submitted each year. Part-time postgraduate courses can be funded for a maximum of seven 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.
(Please note that from 2022 onwards, these maximum periods will revert to three years for full-timers and six years for part-timers)
Currently the Trust does not fund:
Please note that currently we do not fund the following:
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 fourth year of study
i) Part-time PhD students beyond a seventh year of study
If you have any questions with regards to the application process, please do get in touch via the contact page below.