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
Closed 29/02/2020 (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; 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 £1,500 in value.

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: 

  • Over the age of 24 on 01 October of the proposed year of study. 
  • Either accepted on, or applying for a place on a degree course in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies taken as a second degree, 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.
  • Already resident in the UK at the time of application, and resident in the UK during the course of study. Be facing demonstrable financial need in the academic year for which funding is applied (details about how this is calculated are in the application pack).
  • If you are a postgraduate student, or applying for a place on a postgraduate degree course, you must hold a first- or strong 2:1 honours degree (at least 65%) from a UK institution (or its equivalent from a non-UK institution) or hold a Masters degree from a UK institution, or its overseas equivalent.
  • We do accept applications from final year BA/BSc students, but the awarding of any grant is contingent upon the outcome of their first degree.

How to Apply

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

Please note: the application window will close once the trust has received 300 applications, which is likely to be in February or early March 2020 (but could be earlier).