Founded in 1946, The Humanitarian Trust builds relationships with charities, especially smaller organisations where the grants can make an impact.  It supports education, the relief of hardship and disability, as well as social and medical projects. The Trust does not generally give grants to support administration costs alone, preferring specific projects.

Student Grants


Covid-19 Update Owing to current events due to Covid-19, students may continue to apply but the Trust cannot guarantee the timely administration of the processing of grants with universities while they are not fully operational.

In additional to its charitable donations, The Humanitarian Trust awards one-off grants of a maximum of £1,000 to students each year who have a shortfall in their income needed to complete their course of study.

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met for the Trust to consider a grant:

  • Students must be studying an academic subject at graduate or post graduate level
  • Students must be under 30 years old when they finish their course
  • Students must have secured the majority of their required income needed for the year - whether this is through student loans, scholarships, university hardship grants, grants from charitable trusts, employment, family contributions or similar. Please indicate what other grants or loans have been applied for.
  • Students must have a maximum shortfall in required income of £2,000.
  • Grants can be used for tuition fees or living expenses only.


Grants are not awarded for research projects; overseas courses or other travel; fieldwork;  non-academic courses in art, music or theatre; youth work; or sports.

How to Apply

Send the following information to the Trust by email:

  • Covering letter explaining why you are in need of funds, why you have chosen your course of study, and what you hope to achieve from your course. 
  • CV to include contact email address and date of birth. 
  • Detailed  breakdown of income and expenditure for the whole year highlighting the shortfall in income.
  • Two recent references no more than 6 months old, preferably from a course tutor and head of department. 
  • Proof of offer and acceptance from the University  on your chosen course of study.
  • Confirmation email or letter from the University that they will administer the grant and disburse the funds to the student, if awarded.
  • A recent copy of a bank statement showing 3 months history of transaction activity. 
  • Copy of passport
  • National Insurance or Tax Identification Number (Tax Reference Number)

The application cycle as of 2nd October for 2020 has now closed. Please note that information for 2021 grant applications is being updated and will be made available on the website in December. Please do not apply in the meantime as any grant requests submitted will not be processed and will have to be resubmitted when the 2021 cycle opens. Thank you.

For any queries, you can contact


All grants are awarded at the discretion of the Trustees. Submitting an application is not a guarantee of a grant.

The Humanitarian Trust is a Charitable Trust Registered in England and Wales, no. 208575

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