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Birkbeck Hardship Fund

If you are a current student and you have experienced an unforeseen change of circumstance in your personal situation while studying, such as redundancy, illness or domestic problems, the Birkbeck Hardship Fund may be able to help you. The Birkbeck Hardship Fund can provide support towards unexpected costs that have been incurred as a result of an emergency or unforeseen change in your personal situation. It cannot under any circumstances be used towards fees, and you must show that you made adequate provision to cover your fees and course costs prior to the start of the academic year.

Assessments are made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account your household finances and any circumstances that could not be foreseen when you planned your study costs. Awards are scaled based on study intensity and do not usually exceed £1000.

Please note that this fund is available to assist with short-term urgent situations only and cannot provide primary support for your costs.

Find out more

If you have experienced a change in your financial circumstances and would like to talk to someone about the Hardship Fund, please contact our Student Advice Service in the first instance.

Download a copy of our Hardship fund guidelines.

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.
  • 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.