Postgraduate study or research funding

There are many organisations which offer funding support for graduates

  • Charitable organisations
  • Useful publications
  • Student support in Scotland
  • Study overseas

Charitable organisations

Associate Professional Officers (APO) programme

The APO provides tax-free maintenance grants of £5,000 to £7,000 for various postgraduate courses, normally for one year.

Family Action

Family Action work to preserve and protect the good health of families, individuals and groups within the community, and help relieve poverty.

Foulkes Foundation Fellowship

Foulkes Foundation Fellowships promote medical research by providing financial support for science graduates who need a medical degree before they can undertake medical research, and similarly for medical graduates who need a science degree.

The George Drexler Foundation

The George Drexler Foundation gives educational grants to people in need to cover costs associated with under-graduate and post-graduate courses.

It is a strict requirement of the foundation that applicants have a link with commerce and their parents or grandparents must have owned a commercial business. Welfare grants are also given to former employees of the Ofrex Group and their dependants.

Completed application forms should be submitted by 30 April for consideration in May and sent to: 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE or

The Sidney Perry Foundation

The Sidney Perry Foundation gives assistance to those under 35 at the start of their course who would be unable to proceed with their studies through lack of funds.

Average grant is £500. Application forms can be requested from Mrs LA Owens, PO Box 889, Oxford OX1 9PT. Enclose an SAE.

Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

The Sir Richard Stapley Education Trust awards annual grants of £200 to £800 to people over the age of 24 to study for postgraduate courses (not including diplomas or professional training).

Recipients must hold a 1st or 2:1 degree and not have funding from a local authority, research council or the British Academy. Applications must be submitted by 31 March.

Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)

SIGBI helps women finance a course of study. Closing date for applications is 30 April. For more information call 0161 480 7686. Female applicants only.

Useful publications

Most of the publications in this section are available at public reference or university careers libraries. Many of them will also be available for reference at the British Council.

Charities Digest

Contains details of over 5,000 organisations including charities of national stature, voluntary organisations, sources of legal advice, hospices and Citizens Advice Bureaux.

Directory of Social Change

Produce a number of extremely useful publications including:

  • The Educational Grants Directory (ISBN 1 900360 70 5)
  • Guide to the Major Grant Making Trusts (ISBN 1 900360 80 2)
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts (ISBN 1 85934 078 4)
  • A Guide to the Local Trusts in Greater London (ISBN 1 900360 46 2)
  • A Guide to the Local Trusts in the North of England (ISBN 1 900360 43 8)

Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS)

Student advisers can provide information on grants, loans, benefits and bursaries to ensure that students who are over 16 are in receipt of all statutory grants and benefits for which they are eligible before recommending possible charitable sources of funding.

EGAS is primarily concerned with helping disadvantaged students, giving priority to lone parents, people with disabilities, refugees, asylum seekers and people from low income backgrounds.

The Grants Register

Published annually by Palgrave, this publication gives details on the availability and eligibility for post-graduate and professional awards.

The Register of Charities

Also available in public libraries.

  • Educational Charities & Grants Handbook
    Published by the National Union of Students, 302 Pentonville Road, London, N1
  • The Awards Almanac
    An international guide to career, research and education funds and published by St James’ Press
  • The Directory of Graduate Studies & Postgrad: The Students’ Guide
    Produced annually by Hobsons
  • Postgraduate Study & Research
    A free booklet produced by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Sponsorship but Were Afraid to Ask
    Published by Amoeba Publications and written by Kirsteen White

Student support in Scotland

A Guide for Postgraduate Students available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Study overseas

Awards for Postgraduate Study at Commonwealth Universities

Published by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, it outlines grants available for study at British and other Commonwealth universities. Primarily intended for Commonwealth graduates but the majority of awards are also open to graduates of non-Commonwealth countries.

Most local education authorities require a student to find the necessary finance for the first two years of the course and will then award a discretionary grant for the three clinical years.