The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

Level of study
Any Postgraduate, Any Undergraduate
Subject area
Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Deadline for applying

Award Description

The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust supports students of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, and postgraduate students in all fields of study. Founded in 1919 by the businessman and philanthropist Sir Richard Stapley (1843-1920), the Trust is an expression of his life-long concern with educational and philanthropic causes. For nearly 100 years, it has helped hundreds of students in financial difficulty from Great Britain and abroad to complete their studies at a university in the United Kingdom.

Awards are competitive and made on the basis of academic merit and financial need; they are intended to cover the shortfall incurred by educational and subsistence expenses upon payment of tuition fees. All grants are awarded for a full year of academic study and for one year only. Applicants for full time postgraduate degree courses may be supported for up to a maximum of three years, but new applications must be submitted each year. Part-time postgraduate courses can be funded for a maximum of six years, but new applications have to be submitted each year.

Value of Award

Grants are normally from £500 to £1200 in value.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a grant for 2023/24 academic year you must meet each of the following. You must be: 
  • a graduate with a First Class or Upper-Second Class honours degree (2:1) or a master’s or doctoral degree or their overseas equivalents, or be a final year undergraduate student who is expected to achieve a 1st or 2.1 (If your qualification is not from a UK institution please pay particular attention to the section on the website about Degrees Awarded Outside the UK).
  • accepted on to or applying for a course of study at a UK university in 2023/24 for: a degree in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies taken as a second degree or for a Doctoral or Master’s degree in any subject or for a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in any subject; and in all cases, your 2023/24 academic year must officially begin on a date in 2023 and last for at least eight months.
  • ​already living in the UK at the time of application
  • planning to remain living in the UK throughout the course of study
  • facing a financial shortfall in the academic year 2023/24.  

Applications are welcome from students beginning their first year of study, as well as from those who have already embarked on their course.

How to Apply

The grant round for the academic year 2022/23 is now closed, as the Trust has received the maximum number of applications we can consider for that year. The Trust aims to re-open on 3 January 2023 for applications for the academic year 2023/24. 

To request an application form, please visit the Stapley Trust website.

Please note: completed application forms will be accepted from that date until we have received the maximum number of 300 applications, at which point the application ‘window’ will close.