Financial Assistance

Financial assistance opportunities available to current Medical School students

As a Medical School student, we understand that sometimes circumstances change and the need may arise to search for alternative financial assistance with your studies.  

The Medical School has a small bursary and hardship fund for which we welcome applications from our current Medical School students who are in need of financial assistance.  
Please click here for the 'Code of Practice for assisting students in temporary financial hardship' and the 'Financial Supports Funds Application Form and Guidance Notes' for this year. Any questions regarding these funds should be directed to

Below is a list of independent organisations and charities, all with their own unique criteria, who invite applications for financial help. This list is by no means exhaustive, so we suggest that you also do your own research for potential support and sponsorships. 


Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF)  
If you are a medical student in exceptional and unexpected hardship due to ill health, disability or bereavement, you may be eligible for financial help from the RMBF. 
(The RMBF website also has links to other independent charitable trusts that assist medical students so please take a look at their web pages and contact relevant organisations directly for more information. They also have some tips on applying to charitable trusts.)

The British Medical Association (BMA) Charities
Provide financial assistance for medical students, doctors and refugee doctors so they can continue to work and train as doctors in times of personal hardship.

NHS Bursary
Medical and dental students can apply for an NHS bursary in the later years of their course. Please visit their website for more details and the criteria for eligibility. 

The Royal Medical Foundation 
Aim to assist registered doctors and their families who are in financial hardship. Applications are discussed quarterly. Please see their website for more details.

The Society for Assistance of Medical Families (SAMF)

SAMF is an organisation who can assist doctors and their families who have fallen on hard times through illness or other circumstances beyond their control.  This could include medical students who are the children of medical practitioners who are themselves in financial difficulties. The parent of the medical school student should approach the Student Support team for contact details.

The Worshipful Company of Barbers
The Company’s charitable work reflects, in a large part, its medical origins and embraces education (particularly in the field of medicine). Their website contains information about various medical awards that are open for application.

The Royal Society of Medicine
The RSM has a number of awards/prizes/travel grants and bursaries aimed at students. For some you have to be registered with them, for others not. Please visit their website for full details.

The Cameron Fund
This medical benevolent fund supports general practitioners and their dependants in times of financial need, whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment. Please see their website for more details.

Last modified: Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 2:44 PM