Alternative Sources of Funding for Postgraduates 2008/09
FUNDING & ADVICE SERVICE
ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF
UK POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
This booklet is available in electronic format.
SAAS Discretionary Fund & Childcare Fund ……………………… 2/3
Trusts which regularly support our students ……………….. 3/4
Doing your own search for trust funds …………………………… 5
Trust Fund Information Sessions …………………………………. 5
Students Association Emergency Fund ………………………….. 6
Part-time Employment ……………………………………………… 6
ILA Scotland ……………………………………………………… 6
Making Applications ………………………………………………… 7/8
Applications Log Sheet …………………………………………….. 9
Useful Websites …………………………………………………….. 10
Reading List ………………………………………………………… 11
Our Contact Details ……………………………………………… 12
ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF FUNDING:
To ensure you can concentrate on your studies without the added worry and
stress of financing them, it is important to explore funding opportunities as
early as possible for fee payment and cost-of-living expenses.
Some of the University's full-time postgraduate programmes have possible
funding for eligible candidates through Student Awards Agency for Scotland
(SAAS). Under the terms of the Postgraduate Students' Allowances Scheme
(PSAS), students may receive support for certain full-time vocational courses,
mostly at diploma level. Generally speaking, to qualify on residence grounds
for support you must be a UK national or be settled in the UK immediately
preceding the academic year in which the course begins. You must also have
been ordinarily resident in the UK continuously for 3 years preceding the 31
August of the year in which your chosen course begins and must also have
been ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date. For full details of
eligibility, please refer to the SAAS website at www.saas.gov.uk
Many students find that they need to supplement their income and the
following information may help you to find out what kind of additional financial
support is available. There are a number of different sources of additional
funding which you may be eligible to apply for.
• UK Student Bursary Fund + Childcare Fund
• Trust Funds/Scholarships/Sponsorships
• Student Association Hardship Fund
• Part-time Employment
SAAS DISCRETIONARY FUND + CHILDCARE FUND
If you are struggling to make ends meet, worried about paying the bills or
looking for help with childcare costs, then, you should consider applying for
some financial assistance, which, in most cases, you will not have to repay.
To be eligible for assistance from the funds, students must be able to show
that they are experiencing financial hardship and have exhausted all other
avenues of funding. Hardship generally means that income is less than the
amount of necessary expenditure or that unforeseen circumstances have
arisen, which have had a detrimental effect on your financial situation.
PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) students need to have taken
out their full Student Loan entitlement.
The Childcare Fund is specifically for with students who are paying registered
childcare costs. You must be in receipt of child tax credits and any
supplementary grants that you may be eligible for. In addition, you must also
be in receipt of government tuition fee support through your local funding
body. Eligibility criteria will be applied in accordance with SAAS guidelines.
Part-time students who are studying 50% or more of a full-time course, who
receive the part-time fee grant of up to £500 are eligible to apply, as are part-
time students in receipt of a Government fee waiver.
Application packs are available at Funding & Advice Reception on your
campus or from the website at www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice Please read the
guidance notes which accompany the application form. It may take up to four
weeks to process an application. The Funds are open throughout the year
and if your circumstances change, you may apply for a top-up. If you are a
final year student, the closing date for applications is late April.
NB. Discretionary Funds and Childcare Funds are not guaranteed
sources of funding and should therefore not be budgeted in to any
financial forward planning.
A Trust Fund is a sum of money that has been set aside by individuals or
companies to offer financial assistance in the form of grants to different
causes or people including students. All Trusts have different eligibility
criteria, i.e., parental occupation, where you were born, where you live or
which subject you are studying.
A requirement of most Trust Funds is that you have already applied to your
local funding body (eg SAAS).
Brief details of the Trusts which regularly support our students are given
below. However, you should ensure that you satisfy the eligibility criteria of a
Trust before submitting an application. Full details of each Trust will be
advertised via Blackboard, website and noticeboards on your campus when
they become available during the year.
1. Peter Coats Trust
Open to UK home full-time or part-time students on any degree from the
general Paisley area, who have exceptionally severe financial circumstances.
2. The Glenburn Educational Fund:
Open to UK home students on a full-time degree in the School of Engineering
and Science. While priority is given to those whose home address is within
the Greater Glenburn area of Paisley, eligible students from the west of
Scotland are encouraged to apply.
3. Renfrewshire District Trust:
Open to UK home full-time and part-time students on any degree who have
lived in the Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire or Inverclyde Local Authority
areas for a period of at least 3 years.
4. The Sutherland Page Trust:
Open to UK home full-time and part-time students who have successfully
completed the first year of their degree who were born in Scotland or who
have lived there for at least 3 continuous years prior to entry to university, or
have at least one parent born there. Eligible courses include Law, Divinity,
and the Sciences.
Renfrewshire Educational Trust
Each year the Renfrewshire Educational Trust offers an award of £3000 to
one student who is intending to undertake a one year full-time Taught Masters
Programme. The award must be used as payment towards course fees.
Advertising usually takes place towards the end of Semester 1.
The table below provides an indication of the awards made in 2007/08 to
UWS students from some of these Trusts which postgraduates are eligible to
TRUST NAME ARDS TOTALS
Sutherland Page Trust £600 x 2
£500 x 8 £9,650
£350 x 11
Glenburn Educational Trust £250 x 8 £2,500
£500 x 1
Peter Coats Trust £500 x 4 £4,000
£250 x 8
Renfrewshire District Trust £300 x 6 £1,800
DOING YOUR OWN SEARCH FOR TRUST FUNDS:
There are thousands of other trust funds which offer financial support and to
find the ones that you may be able to apply to you can use the following
services which are free.
This is an easy to use database which holds up-to-date information on a
whole range of trust funds. You will be asked to provide various details and
based on the information you provide, a list of trust funds will be generated.
It’s important to remember when you are answering the questions, that the
more information you can provide, the more relevant the list of trusts will be to
your own circumstances. There are trust funds that exist which may relate to
your parents or even grandparents occupations. Once the database has
printed off your list of trust funds, you then check through it to select the ones
that are directly relevant to you. Funderfinder is available in Student Services
on each campus.
Educational Grants Advisory Service is part of the Family Welfare Association.
EGAS provides information and advice on funding for students and maintains
a database of charitable trusts. You can do an online search for educational
trusts at www.egas-online.org
The Student Awards Agency for Scotland maintains a Register of Educational
Endowments containing information on Scottish Trusts many of which are
local and open only to Scottish students studying at Scottish universities.
SAAS will search the register for you if send them a completed REE1 form,
available to download from
They will write to you with the results of any relevant trusts and you then
contact the Trusts you are eligible to apply to.
During the year a number of Funding & Advice Action Groups on Alternative
Sources of Funding are held. Information and assistance will be provided on
doing your own search for trust funds and you will receive guidance in making
applications to increase your chances of a successful outcome. Many of the
Trusts have very specific guidelines and it is important that you adhere to the
guidelines specified. Information will also be given on the trusts which are
open to students at different times during the year. Dates of the sessions,
which will be offered on each campus, will be advertised via Blackboard,
website and noticeboards.
STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EMERGENCY FUND
The Students’ Association has a small emergency fund which is available for
students experiencing extreme financial hardship. The priority is to help part-
time, international and nursing students, however, all students will be
considered. To access this fund, contact the Student Association on your
The Careers Service regularly advertises local part-time vacancies. These
are posted on the web site at www.uws.ac.uk/studentservices/careers
click on Vacancies.
It is a good idea to draw up a short list of possible Trusts. This should include:
Trusts which operate in the area where you live/where you are from.
Pay special attention to Trusts which only fund in your area.
Trusts which are interested in your field of study/work.
Trusts which have the funds to make grants of the size you require.
Completing Your Application
Here are a few general points to consider when writing your application:
Trusts need to be satisfied that you have exhausted every other possible
source of funding (sometimes this includes loans) before applying for
Trusts rarely make an award without reasonable assurances that any
outstanding amount needed to complete the cost of the course will be
met from other sources.
Most Trusts have specific eligibility criteria such as residency, age or
It is rarely possible to obtain help at short notice as many Trusts meet
infrequently or have strict closing dates for applications, sometimes as
much as a year in advance of when the course starts.
Study abroad is rarely considered unless you are applying to a body
dedicated to funding study in a particular country.
Remember to include the following:
Details of your circumstances, including the title and a brief description
of your course of study.
A budget sheet, preferably covering the academic year, should include
your income and expenditure. It is advisable to calculate this carefully
and not to economise on essentials.
Ask for a specific amount of money. Be realistic. Give details about the
size of grant you require and how you will raise funds for the remainder
of the sum, if need be.
State how a grant will help you.
Completed Your Application?
Photocopy your application and keep a copy for your own information.
Send your applications to the Trust Funds you are applying to as soon
as you can (preferably by recorded delivery to ensure safe delivery).
Wait patiently. Trust Fund application processes can be slow, but the
outcome can be worthwhile.
Some Trusts will invite you to attend an interview, whereas others will deal
with your application by letter only. Some Trusts may wish to discuss your
application over the telephone.
Outcome of Your Application
If you do receive a grant, contact the Trust Fund(s) to acknowledge
receipt and thanks for the award.
Try to keep in touch with the Trust Fund(s). You may be asked to
produce a short report about how the grant has helped you and how
your studies/research are progressing.
If you do not receive a grant-don't give up! Your application to other
funds may be successful.
Keep a record of all applications made.
Please do not contact the Trustees if you are unsuccessful
as there is no appeal process.
APPLICATIONS LOG AND OUTCOMES
Name of Trust Date Sent Outcome
Listed below are some useful website addresses:
• www.prospects.ac.uk – postgraduate funding guide
• www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk – postgraduate funding guide
• www.joblinks.org.uk/view-organisations.html - matches people with
work-related charities, organisations you or your partner/spouse has
worked with at any point in your life.
• www.acf.org.uk – association of charitable foundations with details of
• www.hotcourses.org.uk – details of postgraduate scholarships and
• www.everythingyouwantedtoknow.com – postgraduate funding section
• www.supportforlearning.co.uk - comprehensive listing of educational
• www.opfs.org.uk (one parent families Scotland) with lots of funding
related information and educational trust funds.
The University of the West of Scotland does not accept any responsibility for
the information displayed on these websites:
1. A Guide to the Major Trusts
The Top 300 Trusts
Luke Fitzherbert, Dominic Addison & Faisel Rahman
Published by Directory of Social Change.
2. The Directory of Grant Making Trusts
Published by the Charities Aid Foundation
3. The Charities Digest
Published by the Family Welfare Association.
4. The Grants Register
Published by Palgrave MacMillan.
5. Everything you Wanted to Know about Sponsorship (but were afraid
Published by Amoeba Publications.
The above may be sourced within Public Libraries or the University of the
West of Scotland Library.
Useful contact information:
You are very welcome to call in to Funding & Advice to look around, get
information, take away leaflets or to make an appointment. You can get in
touch as follows:
For all services:
J108 (9.30am – 3.00pm semester time) 01292 886267
Funding & Advice J219 0141 848 3803
Opening hours: 8.45 – 4.45 Mon – Fri
Student Services, Beckford Building 01698 894448
Opening hours: 8.30 – 4.30 Mon to Thur: 8.30 – 3.30 Friday
University Student Services
Dumfries and Galloway College Building 01387 734279
Opening hours: 8.45 – 4.45 Mon - Fri
Visit our website at www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice
STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION CONTACT DETAILS
Paisley email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org