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PGR Hardship Fund

The PGR Hardship Fund provides funding to students who are experiencing unforeseen exceptional circumstances during their studies.

Postgraduate research students are eligible to submit an application for funding at any point during their registration period, including during a period of temporary withdrawal. Priority will be given to cases where an award will assist on-time thesis completion during the standard registration period. Awards will not normally be made to students more than three months into an extension period or following thesis submission.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential application please contact

[The PGR Hardship Fund] provided me with a lifeline during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. This removed the worry about how to pay my maintenance costs and gave me the peace of mind to concentrate on completing my thesis.

Receiving these funds allowed me to work on the last details of my thesis without worrying about financial constraints and I was able to submit my dissertation on time and properly.

What are "unforeseen exceptional circumstances"?

All applications will be considered on their own merit, however the following are examples of recent successful applications:

  • Student who transferred from another University with supervisor experienced unforeseen expenses and a deficit in external funding;
  • Health issues prevented student from completing within funded period, in order to submit thesis on time student was unable to continue paid employment;
  • Student’s partner was made redundant, student unable to increase paid employment while ensuring on-time thesis submission;
  • Student’s family has planned to provide financial support but were unable to do so due to unforeseen health issues of family member

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