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Scholarships at University of Bristol

There is 1 scholarship available at University of Bristol.

International Hardship Fund

Level of study


Student requirements

Who should apply? Students seeking help must demonstrate that they had made adequate arrangements to support themselves and pay their tuition and accommodation fees before they came to University, and that these arrangements have been affected by unforeseen circumstances, or events beyond their control. Eligible students must: be registered with the University of Bristol; be classed as international student; be a full-time postgraduate student; have started their programme of study with sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and living costs; have exhausted all other sources of funding. Applications meriting support might include occasions where a sponsor was suddenly unable to provide support, e.g. a temporary delay in a living cost allowance or where a student unexpectedly and urgently needed to return home for family reasons. It is likely that only one award from the International Hardship Fund will be made per student during their studies at Bristol. The University will not consider any exceptional circumstances from students who do not meet the eligibility criteria, in particular: Students will not be able to apply for support on the grounds that their national currency has depreciated, since this will affect all students from this country. Students who find themselves in financial hardship due to mismanagement of their finances are also ineligible for support. Employment alone as a means of funding a course of study will not be considered as adequate provision because of the volatile nature of this source of support. This is in line with immigration rules where you need to show adequate financial provision without relying on potential earnings. Any funds (e.g. borrowing) secured on the basis of potential employment which are withdrawn as a result of job loss will also not be considered as having made adequate arrangement to cover costs prior to the start of the course. If a student's scholarship/funding does not make provision for dependants, the International Hardship Fund will also not be able to assist with these costs. The fund cannot be used to meet shortfalls in basic living costs or to pay tuition fees. Students who find themselves in financial hardship due to mismanagement of their finances are also ineligible for support.

Application details

Students can apply at any time throughout the academic year, but funds are limited and we cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient funds to meet every application we receive. Awards may be in the form of a grant or loan, whichever is deemed appropriate by the panel.

Funding type


Paid to successful student


Further funding details

The International Hardship Fund has been set up with funds donated by alumni and friends of the University to support students at Bristol.

Application deadline

Expected August 2021