Charities, foundations and trusts

There are all sorts of philanthropic organisations dedicated to helping people pay for educational pursuits. These vary from major charities with millions of pounds dedicated to specialist research, to small trusts offering modest grants to help pay for books or travel. Some are very niche in their remits (funding just research into specific topics, such as the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, or by people from specific places or social groups), and others are much more general. It is worth researching opportunities thoroughly, and writing speculative letters to appropriate bodies who may not have formal application processes.

We've put together a list of just some of the bodies who provide funding for educational pursuits. You can browse them roughly via area of interest on this page.

All Saints Educational Trust

Email: aset@aset.org.uk
Phone: 020 7248 8380
Web: www.aset.org.uk

Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)

Email: cbrl@britac.ac.uk
Phone: 0207 969 5296
Web: www.cbrl.org.uk

Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Email: admin@munstertrust.org.uk
Phone: 01428 685 427
Web: www.munstertrust.org.uk

Hattori Foundation

Email: admin@hattorifoundation.org.uk
Phone: 020 7620 3053
Web: www.hattorifoundation.org.uk 

National Gallery

Email: information@ng-london.org.uk
Phone: 020 7747 2885
Web: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust

Email: Oppenheimdownes@gmail.com
Phone: 020 7227 7000
Webwww.oppenheimdownestrust.org

Philharmonia Orchestra / Martin Musical Scholarship Fund

Emailemergingartists@philharmonia.co.uk
Phone: (+44) 020 7921 3900
Web: www.philharmonia.co.uk/orchestra/emerging/instrumental_fellowships/awards

ROSL Arts (Royal Over-Seas League)

Emailroslarts@rosl.org.uk
Phone: 020 7408 0214
Web: www.rosl.org.uk/page.php/43/ROSL-ARTS.html

Royal Historical Society

Emailm.ransom@royalhistsoc.org
Phone: 020 7387 7532
Webwww.royalhistsoc.org/grants

Royal Institute of Philosophy

Email: j.garvey@royalinstitutephilosophy.org
Phone: 020 7387 4130
Web: www.royalinstitutephilosophy.org/funding-education/postgraduate-funding

Royal Philharmonic Society

Email: web@royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk
Phone: 020 7491 8110
Web: www.royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk

Royal Scottish Academy

Email: info@royalscottishacademy.org
Phone: 0131 225 6671
Web: www.royalscottishacademy.org

Scouloudi Foundation

Emailihr.reception@sas.ac.uk
Phone: 020 7862 8740
Webwww.history.ac.uk/fellowships/scouloudi-historical-awardsresearch-awards

Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

Emailoffice@hellenicsociety.org.uk
Phone: 0207 862 8730
Web: www.hellenicsociety.org.uk/grants/

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

Emailoffice@romansociety.org
Phone: 020 7862 8727
Webwww.romansociety.org/grants-prizes.html

Society for Theatre Research

Email: contact@str.org.uk
Web: www.str.org.uk

Society of Authors

Email: info@societyofauthors.org
Phone: 020 7373 6642
Webwww.societyofauthors.org/grants-and-prizes

The Rebecca Skelton Fund for Dance Research and Performance

Email: rebeccaskeltonfund@chi.ac.uk
Phone: 01243 812 137
Web: www.rebeccaskeltonfund.org

Trustees of Theodora Bosanquet Bursary

Email: grants@ffwg.org.uk
Phone: 01732 321 139
Web: www.ffwg.org.uk

Worshipful Company of Musicians

Email: clerk@wcom.org.uk
Phone: 020 7496 8980
Web: www.wcom.org.uk

Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)

Email: cbrl@britac.ac.uk
Phone: 0207 969 5296
Webwww.cbrl.org.uk

NHS Business Services Authority

Email: nhsbsa.sbaccount@nhs.net
Phone: 0300 330 1342
Webwww.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/SWB

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

Emailbriansmith@reesjeffreys.org
Phone: 0560 384 9370
Web: www.reesjeffreys.org

Responsible Gambling Trust

Email: enquiries@rgf-rgsb.org.uk
Phone: 0207 397 8710
Web: www.responsiblegamblingtrust.org.uk 

RICS Research Trust

Emailajohal@rics.org
Phone: 024 7686 8555
Webwww.rics.org/uk/knowledge/research/education-trust-shortcut

Royal Anthropological Institute

Email: admin@therai.org.uk
Phone: 020 7387 0455
Web: www.therai.org.uk

Social Workers' Educational Trust

Email: swet@basw.co.uk
Phone: 0121 622 3911
Web: www.basw.co.uk/financial-support/social-workers-educational-trust/scholarships/

UKEIG (UK eInformation Group)

Email: awards@cix.co.uk
Phone: 020 7255 0500
Web: www.cilip.org.uk/page/SpecialInterestGroup

Alzheimer's Research UK

Email: research@alzheimersresearchuk.org
Phone: 01223 843 899
Web: www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/grant-schemes

Alzheimer's Society

Email: research@alzheimers.org.uk
Phone: 020 7423 3500
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Backcare

Email: info@backcare.org.uk
Phone: 020 8977 5474
Web: www.backcare.org.uk

Biochemical Society

Email: education@biochemistry.org
Phone: 020 7685 2400
Web: www.biochemistry.org/Grants

Breast Cancer Research

Email: grants_admin@breastcancernow.org
Phone: 020 7749 4121
Web: breastcancernow.org/breast-cancer-research/funding-for-researchers

British Ecological Society

Email: grants@britishecologicalsociety.org
Phone: 020 7685 2500
Web: www.britishecologicalsociety.org/grants-awards

Cancer Research UK

Email: grants.helpline@cancer.org.uk 
Phone: 0203 469 5452
Web: www.cancerresearchuk.org/funding-for-researchers

Core (charity fighting digestive diseases)

Email: info@corecharity.org.uk
Phone: 020 7486 0341
Web: corecharity.org.uk/research/investing-in-future-researchers/

Cystic Fibrosis Trust 

Email: researchgrants@cysticfibrosis.org.uk 
Phone: 020 3795 1555
Web: www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/the-work-we-do/research/research-we-are-funding/apply-for-funding

Diabetes UK

Email: research@diabetes.org.uk
Phone: 020 7424 1076
Web: www.diabetes.org.uk/Research/For-researchers

Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research

Email: info@drhadwentrust.org
Phone: 01462 436 819
Web: www.animalfreeresearchuk.org/apply-for-funding

Epilepsy Action

Email: researchadmin@epilepsy.org.uk
Phone: 0113 210 8805
Web: www.epilepsy.org.uk/research

Fungal Infection Trust

Email: secretary@fungalinfectiontrust.org
Phone: 0162 5550 0228
Web: www.fungalinfectiontrust.org

The Gen Foundation

Email: info@genfoundation.org.uk
Phone: 020 7495 5564
Web: www.genfoundation.org.uk

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Email: guidedogs@guidedogs.org.uk
Phone: 0118 983 5555
Web: www.guidedogs.org.uk

GAIN (Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies)

Email: director@gaincharity.org.uk
Phone: 01529 469 910
Web: www.gaincharity.org.uk/research/info

Heart Research UK

Email: info@heartresearch.org.uk
Phone: 01132 347 474
Web: www.heartresearch.org.uk/grants

Institute of Cancer Research

Email: registry@icr.ac.uk
Phone: 020 7352 8133
Web: www.icr.ac.uk/studying-at-the-icr/phds-for-science-graduates

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Email: catherine.tuke@iom3.org
Phone: 020 7451 7300
Web: www.iom3.org/content/awards

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Email: awards@theiet.org
Phone: 01438 765 535
Web: www.theiet.org/postgradawards

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Email: enquiries@imeche.org
Phone: 020 7222 7899
Web: www.imeche.org/careers-education/scholarships-and-awards

Intensive Care Society

Email: Jenny@ics.ac.uk
Phone: 020 7280 4350
Web: www.ics.ac.uk/icf/research-and-achievements/grants-and-research-awards

IWHM Bernard Butler Trust Fund

Email: info@bernardbutlertrust.org
Phone: 07548 966568
Web: www.bernardbutlertrust.org/grants

Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund

Email: info@kklf.org.uk
Phone: 020 7410 0330
Web: www.kklf.org.uk

Kidney Research UK

Email: grants@kidneyresearchuk.org
Phone: 0300 303 1100
Web: www.kidneyresearchuk.org/research/apply-for-funding

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Phone: 020 7504 2200
Web: www.bloodwise.org.uk/we-research

Lord Dowding Fund for Human Research

Email: info@ldf.org.uk
Phone: 020 7630 3340
Web: www.ldf.org.uk/research

Meningitis Research Foundation

Email: annaj@meningitis.org
Phone: 01454 280410
Web: www.meningitis.org/grants

Migraine Trust

Email: info@migrainetrust.org
Phone: 020 7631 6970
Web: www.migrainetrust.org/research-grants

Mineralogical Society

Email: info@minersoc.org
Phone: 020 8891 6600
Web: www.minersoc.org/funding

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Email: Research.grants@mndassociation.org
Phone: 01604 611873
Web: www.mndassociation.org/research/for-researchers/research-grants

Natural History Museum

Email: A.Hutson@nhm.ac.uk
Phone: 020 7942 5466
Web: www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/postgraduate

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children

Email: info@newlifecharity.co.uk
Phone: 01543 462 777
Web: www.newlifecharity.co.uk

NHS Business Services Authority

Email: Nhsbsa.sbaccount@nhs.net
Phone: 0300 330 1345/0191 279 0570
Web: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

North West Cancer Research Fund

Email: research@nwcr.org
Phone: 0151 709 2919
Web: http://www.nwcr.org/Research

Parkinson's UK

Email: researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk
Phone: 020 7931 8080
Web: www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/research-grants

Petsavers

Email: info@petsavers.org.uk
Phone: 0145 2726 723
Web: www.petsavers.org.uk/Apply-for-funding

Physiological Society

Email: edufunding@physoc.org or grants@physoc.org
Phone: 020 7269 5710
Web: www.physoc.org/grants-prizes

RCN Foundation 

Email: rcnfoundation@rcn.org.uk
Phone: 020 7647 3645
Web: www.rcnfoundation.org.uk/how_we_can_help

Remedi

Email: research@remedi.org.uk
Phone: 020 7384 2929
Web: www.remedi.org.uk/research_applications

Royal Academy of Engineering

Email: ian.forristal@raeng.org.uk
Phone: 020 7766 0600
Web: www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes

Royal Aeronautical Society

Email: Rosalind.azouzi@aerosociety.com
Phone: 020 7670 4325
Web: www.aerosociety.org.uk/Careers-Education

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Email: awards@rcog.org.uk
Phone: 020 7772 6345
Web: www.rcog.org.uk/awards-prizes

Royal Horticultural Society

Email: bursaries@rhs.org.uk
Phone: 020 3176 5800
Web: www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/bursaries-grants

Royal Society of Medicine

Email: events@rsm.ac.uk
Phone: 020 7290 3941
Web: www.rsm.ac.uk/prizes-awards

Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

Email: admin@stapleytrust.org
Web: www.stapleytrust.org/wp/about

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Email: Je-SHelp@rcuk.ac.uk
Phone: 01793 444164
Web: www.stfc.ac.uk/funding

Society for Endocrinology

Email: grants@endocrinology.org
Phone: 01454 642 200
Web: www.endocrinology.org/grants

Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine 

Email: christine.williams@sommcourses.org
Phone: 0151 237 3970
Web: www.sommcourses.org/awards-results

Society for Underwater Technology

Email: cheryl.ince@sut.org
Phone: 020 3440 5535
Web: www.sut.org/educational-support-fund

The Humane Research Trust

Email: info@humaneresearch.org.uk
Phone: 0161 439 8041
Web: www.humaneresearch.org.uk/apply-for-funding

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

Email: ufaw@ufaw.org.uk
Phone: 01582 831 818
Web: www.ufaw.org.uk/grants-and-awards/ufaw-grants-and-awards

Wellbeing of Women

Email: hello@wellbeingofwomen.org.uk
Phone: 020 3697 7000
Web: www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk/apply-for-funding

Wellcome Trust

Email: contact@wellcome.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7611 8888
Web: www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding

Worshipful Company of Engineers

Email: clerk@engineerscompany.org.uk
Phone: 020 7726 4830
Web: www.engineerstrust.org.uk

American Association of University Women 

Email: connect@aauw.org
Web: www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards

Anglo-Danish Society

Email: scholarships@anglodanishsociety.org.uk
Phone: 07745 102658
Web: www.anglo-danishsociety.org.uk/scholarships

British Federation of Women Graduates

Email: awardsqueries@bfwg.org.uk
Web: www.bfwg.org.uk/bfwg/index.php/scholarships

East Lothian Educational Trust

Email: eleducationaltrust@eastlothian.gov.uk
Phone: 01620 827 273
Web: www.eastlothian.gov.uk

Entente Cordiale Scholarships 

Email: francine.peyroux@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Phone: 020 7073 1312
Web: www.ambafrance-uk.org/entente-cordiale-scholarships.html

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships

Email: annie@kennedytrust.org.uk
Phone: 020 7222 1151
Web: www.frankknox.harvard.edu

Funds for Women Graduates

Email: grants@ffwg.org.uk
Phone: 01732 321 139
Web: www.ffwg.org.uk

Futures for Women 

Email: futuresforwomen@btinternet.com
Web: www.futuresforwomen.org.uk

George Walford International Essay Prize

Email: gwiep.net@gmail.com
Web: www.gwiep.net

Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust

Email: enquiries@gemt.org.uk
Phone: 0141 2218272
Web: www.gemt.org.uk

Graduate Women International

Email: hgq@graduatewomen.org
Phone: +41 22 731 2380
Web: www.graduatewomen.org

James Pantyfedwen Foundation

Email: pantyfedwen@btinternet.com
Phone: 01970 612 806
Web: www.jamespantyfedwenfoundation.org.uk

Monash Awards

Email: judith.landsberg@johnmonash.com
Web: www.monashawards.org

NESTA

Email: information@nesta.org.uk
Phone: 020 7438 2500
Web: www.nesta.org.uk/get-funding

Rhodes Trust

Email: admin@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk
Phone: 01865 270 902
Web: www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk

Rotary Foundation of Rotary International  

Email: contact.center@rotary.org
Phone: 01789 765 411
Web: www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/apply-grants

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Email: grants@rgs.org
Phone: 020 7591 3073
Web: www.rgs.org/grants

Sir Halley Stewart Trust

Email: email@sirhalleystewart.org.uk
Phone: 020 8144 0375
Web: www.sirhalleystewart.org.uk

Sir William Boreman's Foundation

Email: charities@thedrapers.co.uk
Phone: 020 7588 5001
Web: www.thedrapers.co.uk/Charities/Grant-making-trusts

Snowdon Trust

Email: info@snowdontrust.org
Phone: 01403 732899
Web: www.snowdontrust.org/grants

US-UK Fulbright Commission

Email: programmes@fulbright.co.uk
Web: www.fulbright.co.uk

The Vegetarian Charity

Email: grantssecretary@vegetariancharity.org.uk
Web: www.vegetariancharity.org.uk

The Wolfson Foundation

Phone: 020 7323 5730
Web: www.wolfson.org.uk/funding