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International Students' Emergency Fund

The International Students' Emergency Fund may be available to help EU and International students facing financial difficulties. This page will tell you more about this fund and how to apply.

What is the International Students' Emergency Fund?

The International Students’ Emergency Fund is intended to provide discretionary financial help to EU and International students in situations of unexpected short-term emergency or crisis. The funds cannot be used to help with tuition fee costs or to provide any high-value, ongoing support. Awards may be made either in the form of non-repayable grants or as loans.

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Am I eligible?

The International Students’ Emergency Fund is a fund of last resort and students must be able to demonstrate that they have made every effort to meet their needs from any other available sources. Postgraduate research students must provide evidence that they have already applied to the Doctoral College's PGR Hardship Fund before an application to the Warwick Hardship Fund can be considered.

Applicants must also show that the assistance available from the International Students’ Emergency Fund is sufficient to enable them to continue with their programme of study. Registered full and part-time EU and International students pursuing a course of study leading to a formal qualification, e.g. Undergraduate degree, Master’s or PhD, can apply. Postgraduate students whose registration status is 'Limbo: Thesis' are not eligible for the International Students' Hardship Fund.

More detailed information can be found in the International Students' Emergency Fund Guidance Notes.

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How do I apply?

Please complete the online Hardship Funds Application Form, ensuring that you submit all required supporting documentation detailed within the form.

If you require guidance on downloading your bank statements as a PDF to either attach to your online application or email to us, please see here.

We are only able to accept scanned/online applications and scanned/electronic supporting documentation at this time. Scanned applications and supporting documentation can be emailed to

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What help can I expect to receive?

Awards from the fund are needs-related and assessed on an individual case by case basis. As a result, we are unable to give a clear indication of the likely value of any possible award until an application has been submitted and the assessment process completed. There is no guarantee that funds will be awarded in every case and consequently, some applications will be unsuccessful.

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I have completed the application form. What happens next?

Once we have received your form, the Student Funding team will consider whether funding from the International Students' Emergency Fund may be appropriate to support you during your period of financial need. Should your circumstances meet the purpose and eligibility of the fund we may contact you to arrange a short confidential interview with a Student Funding Adviser which will take approximately 30 minutes to an hour. The interview will be informal and will give you the opportunity to discuss your individual needs and circumstances in detail. There is no guarantee that your application will be successful and result in an award being made to you. Interviews are held using Microsoft Teams and you will be sent a meeting invite when we confirm your appointment time.

Please be assured that the Student Funding Adviser will consider your best interests at all stages of the assessment process. However, you should be aware that the Student Funding Adviser works within guidelines for the assessment of awards and distribution of funds. It may be necessary during the interview to refer to your bank statements, credit history and spending patterns. The discussion may also explore opportunities for part-time working and other funding opportunities that may be available to you. Any questions are not intended to be intrusive, but to allow the Student Funding Adviser to form a complete and comprehensive assessment of your financial situation and, if possible, to recommend a successful outcome to your application.

After your interview and once all relevant documentation has been received, your application will be assessed against guidelines for the allocation of funds. You will be notified of the outcome by email within 10 working days and any award will be paid within a further 10 working days (providing you have submitted your bank details on receipt of your email, if applicable). Please note, payments can only be made into UK bank accounts or some digital-only bank accounts and may be made in instalments.

Please only provide scanned copies of your supporting documentation. If you require guidance on downloading your bank statements as a PDF to either attach to your online application or email to us, please see here.

Please email a copy of your University ID card and recent balance slip on the day and in advance of your appointment to If you would prefer to attend an in-person interview then please let us know and we will try to accommodate your request.

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Who should I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions related to the International Students' Emergency Fund, the application process or Student Funding in general, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Funding team on, or by telephone on 024 7615 0096.

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