5 Charities That Offer Postgraduate Funding to Study in The UK

Charities to help your Postgraduate studies in the UK

  1. Sir Richard Stapley Education Trust

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 £500 and £1,500.

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).

  1. The Humanitarian Trust

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met for the Trust to consider a grant:

Students must be studying an academic subject at graduate or postgraduate level

Students must be under 30 years old when they finish their course

Students must have secured the majority of their required income needed for the year – whether this is through student loans, scholarships, university hardship grants, grants from charitable trusts, employment, family contributions or similar. Please indicate what other grants or loans have been applied for.

Students must have a maximum shortfall in required income of £2,000.

Grants can be used for tuition fees or living expenses only.

  1. The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust support thousands of scientists and researchers in more than 70 countries, as well as innovators, educators and artists.

  1. Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

Grants for postgraduate study

**Deadline has changed to 1 September**

We award bursaries of up to £5,000 a year for UK university students, who are in financial need, and have a parent or spouse or are employed themselves, as a commercial traveller, pharmacist or grocer.


Postgraduate bursaries are designed to provide support to UK students in financial need, who have a parent or spouse, or are employed themselves, as a commercial traveller, pharmacist or grocer, and who are registered on a full-time postgraduate degree course at a recognised UK university. 

  1. The Bibliographical Society

Fellowships and Bursaries

The Bibliographical Society invites applications for awards from scholars engaged in bibliographical research (on, for example, book history, textual transmission, publishing, printing, bookbinding, book-ownership and book-collecting).

Members’ interests extend to every part of the world and to all periods. Historians, students of literature, humanities scholars in all fields, librarians, and all book lovers, amateurs and professionals, will benefit from the Society’s activities and publications.

The Society makes Minor Grants for immediate research needs, such as for microfilms or travelling expenses, and Major Grants for longer-term support, for example to assist with prolonged visits to libraries and archives. The Society also offers from time to time the Katharine F Pantzer Jr Research Fellowship.

The Society also makes subventions to conference organisers to subsidise attendance by postgraduate students at bibliographical conferences.

The Society gives £1500 for student bursaries at the London Rare Books School, which selects the recipients.

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