There are a number of external bodies including charities and trusts that offer financial assistance to students. The nature of such schemes mean that there are often more applicants than awards and some external bodies are only able to offer very small awards (c. £200). We would recommend that you read this section of our website in conjunction with our core pages on funding undergraduate, masters and PhD study, and with the university’s information on scholarships and student funding.
If you are a current student and are experiencing current financial hardship, please contact our service.
Searching for Additional Funding
There are a number of online tools and databases that can help undergraduate and postgraduate students search for funding opportunities. A lot of funds are very specific with eligibility determined by a range of factors including subject of study and the place you are from. Some funds are more general and welcome applications from a wide range of people. It is worth checking these websites to find funds that are open to you.
The University’s Scholarships and Student Funding team maintain a searchable database of bursaries, scholarships and other financial aid for prospective students.
The Postgraduate Search site hosts a database of postgraduate scholarship opportunities at universities across the UK.
Turn 2 Us’ website includes a grant search tool. This tool is designed for persons on a low income or in financial hardship but incorporates information on a wide range of educational trusts and in this respect is also useful for students.
The Student Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) maintains a register of educational endowments. Check your eligibility for these funds here.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs’ website provides some particularly useful information on funding opportunities for international students.
The University’s Careers Service (on the third floor of the main library) has a range of books and guides on funding postgraduate study. It also holds a copy of The Directory of Grant Making Trusts which provides information on organisations offering grants for a wide range of activities including study/research. It is well worth taking a look.
If you are a prospective student, The National Library of Scotland and other public libraries hold a wide range of useful funding literature also. This webpage lists a number of books and guides to look out for.
Further Funding Sources
Carnegie Trust- Undergraduate Tuition Fee Grants
The scheme aims to assist Scottish undergraduate students who are not able to receive government funding towards the costs of their tuition fees following withdrawal from a previous course of study, academic repeats or because of their residence status. Further information here.
The President’s Fund
This fund seeks to assist final year female students (undergraduate or postgraduate) who are experiencing unanticipated financial hardship. Further information can be found here.
Sutherland Page Trust
This fund seeks to assist undergraduate or postgraduate students with a ‘Scottish connection’ who are experiencing financial difficulty (you will need to have been born in Scotland, have a Scottish parent or have lived in Scotland for the three years before you started your studies to apply to this fund). It opens in October time each year, we will advertise it on our social media and here on our website when they start accepting applications.
This fund is only available to students in their second year or beyond who are studying Medicine, Law, Arts, Science or Divinity.
The Schilizzi Foundation
This foundation provides hardship grants to Greek nationals who are studying in the UK and experiencing unanticipated financial need. Priority is given to students in their final year. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to apply.
Funds for Women Graduates (FFWG)
FFWG offers emergency grants to graduate women who face an unforeseen financial crisis whilst engaged in study or research at institutions of higher education in Great Britain. It also provides grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while completing the final year of a PhD or DPhil programme. Further information.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland- Hardship Fund
This fund provides small grants to international students who are in the final six months of their programme of study and are experiencing unexpected financial difficulty. Grants provided do not generally exceed £1000. Further information.
Erasmus+ Traineeship Funding
Funding is available to UoE students from any subject and any study level towards a traineeship or a supervised research project in an Erasmus country (EEA and EU programme countries, excluding Switzerland and the UK). The scheme is open to all current, full-time students and also to postgraduate students. 2018/19 trainees will receive €300 – 450 month depending on their destination. Eligible traineeships must have a duration of 2 to 12 months and be approved by the student’s school if undertaken as part of their degree. Further information.
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
Medical students in exceptional and unexpected financial hardship due to ill health, disability, or bereavement may be able to access a one-off grant from the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund. Further information.
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