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Apply Now: Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust to Study Postgraduate/Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary Degree in the UK (2018)

Founded in 1919 by the businessman and philanthropist Sir Richard Stapley (1843-1920), the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust supports the works of mature students of proven academic merit, and in financial need, who are pursuing further degree qualifications at an institution in the UK. Open to students from all countries, applicants must be residents in the UK at the time of application, as well as during their course of study. The Trust supports postgraduate degrees in nay subject, as well as courses in medicine or veterinary sciences taken as a second degree. All grants are made annually, and are normally between the £400 and £1,000.

Eligibility Criteria for Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

The criteria are as follows:

The Trust funds students pursuing second degrees in medicine, dentistry and veterinary studies and postgraduate degree students from all fields of study. Applications are welcome from students beginning their first year of study, as well as from those already embarked on their degree course. In order to be eligible to apply for a grant, you must be:

  1. Over the age of 24 by October 1 of the proposed year of study.
  2. Either accepted on, or applying for a place on a degree course in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary studies taken as a second degree, or accepted on, or applying for a full- or part-time place on a Masters or Doctoral degree programme in any discipline, at a UK university
  3. Already resident in the UK at the time of application, and resident in the IK during the course of study
  4. Be facing demonstrable financial need in the academic year for which funding is applied (details about how this is calculated are in the application pack).

NB: If you are a postgraduate student. Or applying for a place on a postgraduate degree course, you must hold a first- or strong second class honours degree (at least 65%) from a UK institution (or its equivalent form a non-UK institution) or hold a Masters degree from a UK institution, or its overseas equivalent. Click this link, overseas degrees equivalencies, for a list of degree qualifications from other countries that the Trust considers the equivalent of a UL strong 2i (UK 65% or higher). We do accept applications from final year BA/BSc students, but the advantage of any grant is contingent upon the outcome of their first degree. Please note that the Trust DOES NOT fund:

  • Electives
  • Student Placements
  • Diploma course
  • PGCE courses
  • Professional training courses (e.g. Law Society, Royal College, examinations, PLAB tests)
  • Students who have already been supported by the Trust for a postgraduate degree in another field
  • Students currently holding a major award from another source (i.e. a grant intended to cover full fees and subsistence)
  • Full-time PhD students beyond a third year of study
    • Part-time PhD students beyond a sixth year of study.

Awards are competitive and made on the basis of academic merit and financial needs. All grants are awarded for a full year of academic study and for one year only. Applicants for fulltime postgraduate degree courses may be sippoted for up to a maximum of three years, but new applications have to be submitted each year. NB: Grants are normally from £400 to £1,000 in value. They are intended to cover the shortfall incurred by educational and subsistence expenses upon payment of tuition fees. Before award money can be released, applicants must confirm any other grants obtained, and their amounts. Should a successful applicant have received a major award, or additional money from other granting bodies equivalent to a major award, the grant awarded from the Stapley Trust may be reduced or withdrawn. Students already holding a major award cannot apply.

How to Apply for Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

Applications packs for the 2018/2019 academic year will be available from January 3, 2018. The Trust encourages application submissions, and an electronic pack can be requested from the administrator at If you do not have regular access to the internet, you are still welcome to apply; please request a printed application pack from the following address:

The Stapley Trust P.O. Box 839RichmondSurry TW9 3AL

This year, the Trust will be considering only the first 300 completed applications. A complete application includes:

  1. A correctly completed application form
  2. An academic reference letter
  3. Evidence of the ranking of a good first degree: for UK degree holders, this can be
    1. Either a scan of a degree certificate confirming that you have already been awarded either a 1st class Bachelor’s, or of a Master’s or PhD, or
    2. If you do not hold a Master’s or a PhD, a transcript demonstrating that that the final overall result for your Bachelor’s is a strong 2i (65% or higher). If your previous qualifications are from overseas, you need to obtain a degree equivalency statement from your UK university confirming that your qualifications ate the equivalent of at least a strong 2i British Bachelor’s degree. I fyou have already successfully completed a post-graduate degree (MA, MSc) at a UK University, you do NOT need to produce this information.


The deadline for submissions is either 31 March2018, or the first 300 completed applications recived, whichever comes first. Every year, the Trust receives many more applications than it can consider, so please apply early to avoid disappointment. Awards will be announced by the end of June 2018. Grants must be claimed by 1 November 2018.

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