International Students Hardship Fund


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Hardship Fund‌

The CTBI Hardship Fund was set up in 1990 by the former Churches Commission for International Students to assist full-time international students, irrespective of their race, gender or religion, who are already in Britain and Ireland and who are facing unexpected financial problems during the final stages of their course. It is administered ecumenically on the basis of agreed criteria.

Decisions on grants are made three times a year, in February (for studies finishing April-July), June (for August-November), and October (for December-March). To allow for correspondence and processing of applications in preparation for these meetings, requests for forms (including postal address) should be made respectively by mid-December, mid April and mid August at the latest.

All grants are made at the discretion of the Hardship Fund Committee. The level of funding is dependent on funds raised for this purpose. Grants are typically up to, but not exceeding £1,000; the same person is not funded twice.

Eligibility Criteria

Awards are made to students already in Britain or Ireland from developing countries, who intend to return home after their current course and can show that their qualification will benefit such countries.

Awards are made to applicants undertaking full-time first degree or postgraduate studies lasting a minimum of one academic year.

Awards are made to students who are within 6 months of finishing and who can show that their financial problems are unexpected and that a small grant will enable them to complete their course and graduate.

Applicants normally excluded from consideration within the Hardship Fund are:

  • permanent residents of Britain, Ireland, EU or other developed countries;
  • students who begin their course without assured funding to meet the full costs involved (tuition, accommodation, living expenses etc.);
  • students whose fees and living expenses have been covered by major award(s);
  • candidates who have not begun their studies and those who have already finished;
  • those studying outside Britain/Ireland or those requiring help for a field trip abroad;
  • asylum seekers and refugees;
  • students undertaking courses in subjects related to arms manufacture or experimentation on live animals.

Application procedure

Potential candidates who, in the light of the above criteria, believe themselves eligible should email the Applications Secretary.

(Revised June 2017)