Individual Bursary Guidelines

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year are now CLOSED

Restrictions & Eligibility

1. Under this section individuals are invited to apply for financial bursaries to support a recognised educational course in the UK. In assessing applications the Trustees wish to identify and assist particularly gifted or talented individuals who are struggling to support themselves financially through university or college.

2. Note the Foundation will not fund medical electives, volunteering, study abroad or gap year projects.

3. It is a strict requirement of the Foundation that applicants are UK citizens and that a personal or family link with commerce must be established for an application to be considered. To qualify either the applicant, the applicant’s parents or grandparents must have worked in or owned a commercial business. This does not include professional people i.e. doctors, accountants, architects, solicitors, etc. Supporting documentation may be required.

4. If you are applying for support and are studying at one of the below eight institutes please contact your school directly as we offer separate schemes with them. We do not accept applications for their students via individual bursaries.

University College London, University of Nottingham, University of Liverpool, Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Purcell School.


Bursaries are made annually, with applications considered by the Trustees in May each year. Completed applications must be submitted online via the Foundation’s website by the 31 March. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by early June. We no longer accept applications by email or post.

No extensions are given and no additional grants are awarded throughout the year.


The Foundation has limited funds on which to draw annually. As a result competition is fierce and only a small number of awards are made each year. Applicants can apply for a bursary within the range £500 to a maximum of £2,000.

Payment of Grants

Bursaries will be paid directly to the individual usually in September of the year awarded.

Applying again

Previous bursary recipients, and those who were unsuccessful in previous rounds, can reapply but awards made are in open competition and there is no guarantee of any repeat funding.


It is mandatory that all bursary recipients submit a progress report to the Trustees; this will be requested in the February following the start of the academic year for which the grant was awarded.


Guidelines (PDF)