Overseas PHD Students Grants

The fund is fully-allocated for the academic year 2017-18.

For the academic year 2018-19 we will be accepting applications from July 2018 onwards. The first round of decisions will be made in September 2018. The second round of decisions will be made in January 2019.

The Trustees will consider supporting non-EU overseas PhD students who find themselves in unforeseeable financial difficulty during the final six months of their course at a UK university. Grants are made towards living costs, not tuition fees, and the typical size of grant offered is £500 - £1,000.


  • Students should be studying for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Preference will be given to those studying subjects having a direct bearing on the development of the applicant's own country. The Trust will not assist students studying religious subjects.
  • Preference is given to students under the age of 35.
  • Grants will normally be confined to students who intend to return to their own countries on the completion of their studies.
  • Help from the Trust should not be invoked while financial help is still possible from the applicant's own authorities. There is, however, no objection to the Trust supplementing another award, if that award is limited and is clearly inadequate.
  • Trustees do not support UK or other European Union PhD students, or provide assistance to individual students for undergraduate or other post-graduate degree courses.


There is a printed application form for this programme. Please contact the Grants Director by email or telephone to request a copy. Students should complete Part A of the form and pass it to their tutor to complete Part B, which must also be endorsed with an official stamp of the university. Once completed the form should be sent to the Grants Director. Applications are accepted at any time during the year but Trustees allocate the funding in two tranches. Decisions are made each year after 1st September and after 1st January on the applications that have been received by those dates, taking into account each student's timetable for completing their degree.