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.
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.
The following criteria must be met for the Trust to consider a grant:
- Students must be studying for a higher degree in an academic subject (Masters, PhD or equivalent level) or a graduate degree in the UK
- Students who apply must plan to remain resident in the UK throughout the course of study
- Students must not be over 30 years of age when they complete 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
- Grants must be used for tuition fees or living expenses only
- Students must provide details of financial circumstances including a budget of expected income and outgoings, highlighting the total deficit
- Students must not exceed the maximum shortfall of £2,000
- Successful awardees must provide a short report to the Trustees at the end of the term of the grant detailing their progress and what has been achieved
Grants are not awarded for non-academic courses in art, music, theatre, youth work or sports; overseas courses, travel-related or fieldwork research projects will not be supported. Also not considered are distance learning, correspondence, part-time and short-term courses.
Application Procedure and Timelines
Grant applications are reviewed by the Trustees twice a year, in March and in November. Full applications submitted by email during the two cycles below will be considered. Late submissions or applications sent outside of these deadlines will not be accepted.
The Spring round of applications is open from 1st January to 25th February
The Autumn round of applications is open from 1st September to 25th October
The application form should be emailed to Rina Chandwani at email@example.com. Please make sure you have included all the following:
- Application form
- Cover 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
- Copy of passport
- Two recent references on official letterhead, no more than 6 months old, preferably from a course tutor and head of department
- Recent copies of bank statements showing 3 months history of transactions
- Proof of offer together with proof of acceptance from the University on your chosen course of study
- Confirmation that the University will administer the grant by disbursing the funds to the student, if awarded
If any documents are missing from your submission, your application may be automatically rejected.
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