This page gives a number of opportunities which students may like to explore for additional funding while studying at the RVC.  Grants and bursaries detailed below are from grant making organisations such as educational bodies or charities. These organisations provide grants to assist students who are in financial hardship or who are looking for help towards books, equipment and course costs.  Grants are not guaranteed to all applicants and are usually a one-off payment.  As such they should not be relied upon as part of your regular funding/financial support. 

If you are having financial difficulties, we encourage you to contact the Student Money Adviser to discuss your situation and potential options:

We update this page regularly but if you are an RVC student and are aware of any other funding opportunities you feel other students would benefit from, please email and we will add to our resources when possible.

Charitable Organisations

Please see below for a number of charitable organisations who offer financial grants. Please take a look at the individual websites for details of eligibility, deadlines and now to apply.  If you would like help applying to any of these funds, please book an appointment with the Student Money Adviser or email

  • Sidney Perry Foundation - Charity that makes grants available to students - usually those studying on their first degree.  Grants can be up to £1,000.
  • Gilchrist Educational Trust - Applications are considered from students who have made proper provision to fund a course but find themselves facing unexpected financial difficulties which may prevent completion of it.  Preference for students in the final year of their course.
  • The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Grant - The Trust provides small grants to students pursuing degrees in veterinary studies taken as a second degree, and those studying for certain postgraduate qualifications in all fields of study. Applications are welcome from students beginning their first year of study, as well as from those who have already embarked on their course. Awards are normally between £500 - £1,300.  Applications open in January each year. See the website to join their mailing list.
  • Professionals Aid Council - PAC offers small grants for students with a postgraduate degree.  Please check the website for the other eligibility criteria and to apply.
  • The Digglers Charitable Trust - The details of the bursary scheme can be found on the website (under bursaries) but essentially the charity allows students to collect monies on behalf of the charity which then undertakes to pass it on to the veterinary faculty to help pay undergraduate fees. The charity also aims to pass on the Gift Aid associated with the donations
  • Funding for Women Graduates -  awards grants to women during their postgraduate studies with the aim of positively impacting their future career and our society as a whole. Funds are targeted to final year PhD students or those studying on a postgraduate course who face unexpected financial difficulties.  Awards up to £6,000 are available.

Searchable Databases

Here are a few websites that offer database search facilities to find details of organisations and charities that most closely fit your profile and requirements. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

  • Turn2Us - Offers an online searchable database of educational grants along with advice on benefits.
  • The Scholarship Hub - Search and apply for UK scholarships, grants and bursaries.
  • Research Professional - Search for funding opportunities Postgraduate students at the RVC. Saved searches such as 'Travel Grants' and 'Vet Med & Vet Toxicology' available for faster searching when accessing the site from within the college.

Other Grants/Funding

This is a list of other avenues of funding you may wish to pursue.  Some of these are aimed at students on a particular course or completing a particular placement.  For eligibility criteria, application details and more information, please visit the individual grants' website.  If you would like support when applying for any of these grants, please contact the Student Money Adviser:

  • The Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund from International Students House: a fund available to international students in London who have found themselves in unexpected financial difficulties during their studies.  Awards range from £400 - £1,000.
  • Biomedical Vacation Scholarships - These awards provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer holidays, usually lasting 6-8 weeks. Open to Science and Veterinary Medicine students.
  • British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA): Financial grants and bursaries to support Veterinary Nurses with education and research.
  • BVA Travel Grants for Students - You need to be a BVA student member to apply for these travel grants to carry out research projects overseas.
  • RCVS Knowledge website - this website has a range of links to grants/trusts which may be of interest to all RVC students.  Specific funding related to veterinary science studies, science or animals via the RCVS Knowledge website
  • Army Medical Services Bursary -  Open to candidates who will graduate with an Army endorsed veterinary degree and intend to join the Royal Army Veterinary Corps as a Vet for at least 4 years.  Funding is awarded for £5,000 per year for the final three years of the course and £45,000 on successful completion of Officer training.
  • Animal Welfare Foundation Student Grant Scheme - open to undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply if their project is within scope.  Grants cover the costs of the project.
  • Vets4Pets EMS Bursaries - applications open in February/March for 2 weeks EMS placements at specific Vets4Pets practices.  Bursary recipients are awarded £334 per week.

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