There are a number of potential financial support options available for students.
Some of these options are offered by the RVC (please see the RVC Funds, Grants and Awards page on this website) and others are from external charitable organisations (such as those listed below). You may also wish to take a look at our list of Funding Options from statutory bodies (e.g. Student Finance England) and other sources e.g. RVC Bursary, US Federal Loans.
This page gives a number of avenues which students may like to explore. Grants and awards detailed below are from grant making organisations such as educational bodies or charities. These organisations have a remit to 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.
If you are having financial difficulties, we encourage you to contact the Student Money Adviser to discuss your situation and potential options: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below for the charitable organisations known to the RVC which offer financial grants. Please take a look at the individual websites for details of eligibility, deadlines, etc.
- Sidney Perry Foundation - Charity that makes grants available to students
- Gilchrist Educational Trust - Awards for full time students who have met unexpected financial difficulties - preference for students in their final year of study. Average award is around £500.
- The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Grant - Provides financial assistance for students studying for higher degrees or second degrees in veterinary science. Awards are competitive and made on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
- 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. The charity, if accumulated funds allow, plans to make grants available for these students.
- Funding for Women Graduates - FfWG awards grants specifically for living expenses to Women, during their postgraduate studies, with the aim of positively impacting their future career and our society as a whole.
- Professionals Aid Guild - PAG offers small grants of £300-£500 for UK students who already have a postgraduate degree. Please check the website for the other eligibility criteria and to apply.
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.
- Research Professional - Search for funding opportunities and news articles for Postgraduate students (including PhD) 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.
- Student CashPoint - Offers an online searchable database on covering student grants, loans, bursaries, scholarships and awards. The funding search and grant alerts options are particularly useful.
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: email@example.com.
- The Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund from International Students House: a fund available to students in London who have found themselves in unexpected financial difficulties during their studies.
- AVS EMS Grants: Awards to assist students in the final 3 years of the Veterinary Medicine course with the cost of EMS placements.
- 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 the following 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