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Birkbeck Needs-based Assessment (BNBA), non-standard (hardship)

Coronavirus (covid-19) hardship

The Birkbeck Summer Support Fund has been set up to support continuing undergraduate students in receipt of government funding, who are experiencing hardship over the summer due to the effects of COVID-19. Awards of £250-£500 are available depending on mode of study and available funds.

Students will need to supply supporting evidence to be considered for an award under one of the following categories:

  • Category A: Part-time or full-time undergraduate students who have made a new application for means-tested benefits (e.g. universal credit) in the last four weeks.
  • Category B: Full-time undergraduate students who in 2019/20 were in receipt of the maximum means-tested maintenance loan from SFE (approximately £11,672) who have a housing contract that extends over the summer period and are currently struggling to find work/unable to work due to ill health.
  • Category C: Any student (undergraduate or postgraduate) who has received a standard or non-standard BNBA award during the course of the 2019/20 academic year.
To make an application to this fund, please , or call +44 (0)20 3907 0700.

Applications must be received by Student Advice no later than 14 September 2020, but we encourage students to apply as early as possible. This fund is limited, and we cannot guarantee that every eligible student who completes an application before the deadline will be awarded the fund. 

Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis, and the fund may close early if the maximum number of awards are made. 

Other hardship funding

ISH Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund: As Birkbeck holds membership with International Student House (ISH), our students are eligible to use ISH events and services, including their hardship fund.

Alternative postgraduate funding sources

  • You can find additional funding opportunities in the publications listed below. Copies may be available in your local library or at the nearby British Library (though you may be required to register to gain access):
    • Educational Grants Directory (published by the Directory of Social Change)
    • The Grants Register (published by Macmillan Reference Limited)
    • Charities Digest (published by Waterlow Information Services)
    • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts (Charities Aid Foundation)
  • You may also find funding via the following websites:
  • Birkbeck also subscribes to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. Though its primary focus is to help prospective and current postgraduate students access voluntary sector support towards their studies, it can also be a potential source of grants and funding for those in hardship (though please be aware that eligibility and definitions of what constitutes ‘hardship’ can vary between individual charities). Students who are on campus can log in automatically without a password. If you do not have a registered Birkbeck email address, or are a prospective student, to receive a unique PIN that will give you access to all the resources.