Medical Schools - Guidelines

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year are now CLOSED

Restrictions & Eligibility

1. Under this section four medical schools are invited to apply they are: University College London, University of Nottingham, University of Liverpool and Penisula College of Medicine & Dentistry.

2. Medical schools should note that the applications they submit must be for students who have successfully completed the first year of their undergraduate medical degree.

3. Medical schools should note that the Foundation will not fund overseas students, medical electives, volunteering, part time study or gap year projects.

4. The trustees wish to identify and assist particularly gifted or talented undergraduates who are struggling to support themselves financially through medical school.

5. It is a strict requirement of the Foundation that applicants are UK citizens and that a personal or family link with commerce is 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. In the majority of cases this is not an obstacle and further guidance can be sought from the Administrator.


Grants are made annually, with applications considered by the Trustees in May each year. Applications must be submitted by the medical schools online through the Foundation’s website by the 31 March. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. The Foundation will notify both the school and the applicants of the outcome of their application by early June.

Please note postal and email applications are no longer accepted


Each medical school will be considered for a maximum grant of £15,000. It is the up to the school to decide how this grant is divided between one and a maximum of five students. Schools do not have to submit 5 applications and the grants do not need to be divided equally, nor does the full grant have to be claimed. For example, a school may wish to submit just one application for the full £15,000, or may submit up to 5 applications for a combined total of £15,000 or less.

Payment of Grants

Grants will be paid directly to the individual usually in August of the year awarded. For larger grants it may be necessary to split the award into two payments up to 6 months apart.

Applying again

Previous grant recipients from the 4 medical schools will not be considered outside the Medical School Application process. However, medical schools can include previous grant recipients or those who were unsuccessful in previous years in their submissions.


It is mandatory that all grant 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.