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Graduate Hardship Fund

Eligibility 

MPhil and PhD students, in cases of acute hardship resulting from unforeseen circumstances (for example, essential travel because of family illness or bereavement; funds needed to complete studies).

Application

Applicants write a letter explaining their circumstances and need.
Supervisors write a letter of confirmation.

Amount

An upper limit of £300 per application.  The Graduate Education Committee has authority to vary the upper limit in exceptional circumstances.

Constitution

The Graduate Hardship Fund shall be considered as a standing item on the Graduate Education Committee agenda.

  1. Papers for GEC will include a spreadsheet showing all previous awards for applicants. 
  2. The availability of the fund will be published in the handbooks and on the POLIS webpage and the fund will be available to Politics and International Studies PhD students, graduate students studying on the MPhil in International Relations and Politics (or its predecessors), or the MPP Programme.
  3. All awards are conditional upon confirmation that other funding has not been received for the same purpose, and that the funding will not be used to extend the period of time in which the student is expected to complete their programme of study.
  4. Awards from the fund cannot be used to pay university or college fees.
  5. Forms will be available online and applicants are expected to word process applications.