skip to content

All graduate students are expected to have sufficient funding in place for the duration of their course, prior to starting the course.

If however you encounter unforeseen financial difficulties, you should first consult your college graduate tutor, as soon as possible. They will be able to discuss your financial situation with you and provide advice about what kind of funding you may be eligible to apply for. In genuine cases of unforeseeable hardship they will evaluate the magnitude and merit of the problem and may seek help from other funding bodies on your behalf. However, if you run out of money early in your course it is most unlikely that the University will be able to provide enough funding to enable you to complete your course.

Your college graduate tutor may advise you to apply for a Graduate Hardship Award. This scheme aims to support students who have shown a high aptitude for research or study but are experiencing financial hardship as a result of unexpected changes in their financial circumstances. The awards are intended to support those students who would otherwise be unable to complete their research or study. The Scheme is funded by the University and Trust Fund donations (the Lundgren Fund and Harry Desai Fund) and administered by the Student Registry.

Please note that:

  • the next competition will open on 1 October 2017 for the Michaelmas Term
  • the deadlines for receipt of applications are 10 November, 9 March and 25 May each year
  • awards are not normally made for more than £2000
  • Phd Students must have completed 4 terms of research
  • applicants must be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of unexpected changes in their financial circumstances, rather than as a result of insufficient funding being available from the outset of the course

Eligibility criteria and guidance


How to Apply

Step 1: Read the above eligibility criteria and guidance

Step 2: Make an appointment to discuss your financial difficulties with your Graduate Tutor

Step 3: Complete the online Hardship Awards Application, giving full details of your financial hardship, and explaining the unexpected changes in your financial circumstances that have led to this situation

Step 4: The form will automatically submit to your supervisor (who will be required to comment on your academic progress) and then your graduate tutor will automatically receive the application. They will review your case and make a recommendation for an award to the Student Registry

Step 5: Awards are announced in December, April and June



If you have any unanswered queries after reading the information above and the eligibility criteria and guidance, then please contact