List of charitable trusts

This page contains a list of charitable trusts that assist medical students.

These are all independent of the RMBF, so please contact the relevant organisation directly for more information via the website links and contacts provided below.

The list is by no means exhaustive, so we suggest that you do further research, and read our tips on applying to charitable trusts.

BMA Medical Educational Trust

Grants for students taking Medicine as a second degree who have debts exceeding £25,000 and who do not have access to fee loans or the NHS Bursary Scheme. Applications are made an academic year in advance. Application packs are available from November to mid January and the deadline for completed applications is 31st January.

Tel: 020 7383 6142
Email: [email protected]

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Help with fees and undergraduate vacation scholarships. Applicants must be attending Scottish universities, and be Scottish by birth, descent or residence. To be eligible the applicant must also show that s/he would suffer hardship if assistance was not given. Information on funding regulations and the application process can be found on the Trust’s website.

Andrew Carnegie House
Pittencrieff Street
KY12 8AW


The Follett Trust

Grants are made to students in higher education, including scholarships. Please note this trust accepts only solicited applications via a care agency or similar, rather than independent applications. Please email or call for more details.

Tel: 01438 810400
Email: [email protected]

The Foulkes Foundation

Supporting outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to undertake a medical degree, in order to make a significant contribution to medical research in all its diverse disciplines.

The Foulkes Foundation invites applications for Fellowships from recently qualified scientists and medical graduates. Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent degree and should intend to contribute to medical research.


Gilchrist Educational Trust

Grants of up to £1000 for students nearing the end of their degree facing unexpected financial difficulties which may prevent them from completing the course.

13 Brookfield Avenue
ME20 6RU

Email: [email protected]

Helena Kennedy Foundation

The Foundation exists to overcome social injustice by providing financial bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students from the further and adult education sectors, enabling them to complete their studies in higher education and move on successfully into employment.

One-off grants to people who were denied opportunity to continue their higher education first time around. Applicants must be currently attending an FE or 6th form college and applications must be endorsed by the college. See website for more details and application form.

Helena Kennedy Foundation
South and City College Birmingham (SCCB),
Handsworth Campus,
Council House,
Soho Road,
B21 9DP

Tel: 0121 644 2406

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Hilda Martindale Educational Trust

The Trust is only able to support women who are British Nationals, taking a course or training to follow a profession or career in areas where women are underrepresented. Further eligibility criteria apply.

Download the “Guidance for Applicants” document from the website below for information on eligibility criteria, an application form and the deadline for receipt of completed applications.

Awards are made once per year for the next academic year and deadlines are strictly applied. Ad hoc requests for grants/awards cannot be considered.

Details are also available by post (please include a stamped addressed envelope) at the address below.

The Hilda Martindale Trust
Royal Holloway, University of London
TW20 0EX

Email: [email protected]

The Institute of Medical Ethics

A charitable organisation whose mission is promoting and supporting the impartial study and understanding of medical ethics and its integration into clinical practice through education, research, and publication. They are involved in organising conferences and providing grants to students interested in medical ethics.

Suite 13
Bold Business Centre
Bold Lane
St Helens

Tel: 01925 299733
Email: [email protected]

The Nurses Association of Jamaica (UK)

The Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) (UK) is a national non-profit making charitable Association formed in 1978 that gives one-off grants of £50 – 300 for students of health education or sciences, primarily from black and minority groups, especially African-Caribbean. Preferences given to those living in Birmingham, Nottingham, London and internationally. Apply online in February or August.

Birmingham Branch:

PO Box 9084
B32 1LR

London Branch:

PO Box 1270

Email: [email protected]

The Noon Foundation

Assists students studying at Oxford and Cambridge.

The Noon Educational Foundation
c/o Mansfield College
University of Oxford
Mansfield Road

Tel: 0207 654 1600

Email: [email protected]

Ruth Hayman Trust

The trust is a small charity which supports the education and training of adults who have come to settle in the UK, and who speak a language other than English as their first language, with small grants of up to £500. Grants are given for course related costs such as course and exam fees, and sometimes for books. Applications must include an academic reference. Guidelines, application forms and deadlines are available on the website.

PO Box 17685
N6 6WD

Email: [email protected]

The Sidney Perry Foundation

The trust aims primarily to help first degree students. Students must be younger than 35 when the course starts. Eligible foreign students studying in Britain can also apply. Postgraduates may also receive support.


Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

The trust considers applications from students pursuing courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary studies taken as a second degree, and postgraduate degrees in any subject. Applications are welcome from students beginning their first year of study, as well as from those already embarked on their degree course. To be eligible, students must be based in the UK and accepted on, or applying for, a place on a course at a UK institution.

The trust has one annual grant round opening on the first working days in January and usually closing a few days later. The next annual grant round is for the academic year 2024/25 and will open on 2 January 2024. Please see their website for further details.

Email: [email protected]

The Victoria Foundation

The Victoria Foundation aims to ensure that young people who may not otherwise be able to study are given the opportunity to do so. They provide funds on a bursary basis to those with proven academic ability, drive and ambition to succeed. You can apply by completing their application form and sending this by fax, email or post.

Tel: 020 8332 1788
Email: [email protected]

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