The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

Level of study
Any Postgraduate, Doctoral research, Postgraduate research masters, Postgraduate taught masters
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
Closed 31/03/2018 (Note: competition closed for this year)

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. 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 £400 to £1,200 in value. They are intended to cover the shortfall incurred by educational and subsistence expenses upon payment of tuition fees. Before award money can be released, applicants must confirm any other grants obtained, and their amounts. Should a successful applicant have received a major award, or additional money from other granting bodies equivalent to a major award, the grant awarded from the Stapley Trust may be reduced or withdrawn. Students already holding a major award cannot apply.

Eligibility Criteria

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

In order to be eligible to apply for a grant, you must be: 

a) over the age of 24 on 01 October of the proposed year of study
b) either accepted on, or applying for, a place on a degree course in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies, or accepted on, or applying for, a full- or part-time place on a Masters or Doctoral degree programme in any discipline, at a UK university
c) already resident in the UK at the time of application, and resident in the UK during the course of study.

How to Apply

Application packs for the 2018/19 academic year will be available from 3 January 2018 from the Trust website.

The deadline for submissions is either 31 March 2018, or the first 300 completed applications received, whichever comes first. Every year, the Trust receives many more applications than it can consider, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Awards will be announced by the end of June 2018.

Grants must be claimed by 1 November 2018.


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