Lancaster University

Grants and Bursaries

The Graduate College offers a range of grants and bursaries to help students during their studies.

Cost of Living Support

There are a number of initiatives in place to support students during the cost-of-living difficulties we are currently living through. Full details of these are advertised on the Student News Portal.

Community Cupboard & Supermarket vouchers

The community cupboard is a space for students to donate unopened food, hygiene, or cleaning items for other students to take. If you've bought something you no longer need or want, please donate it to others via the community cupboard in the college reception area (A Floor, House 10, Graduate College). Thanks!

Emergency food bags and small supermarket vouchers are available to help students in need while they wait for a payday/funding award/bursary or loan payment. Please talk to a member of the college team in person, via Teams, or via email ( if you have an urgent need for groceries or hygiene items.

Please bear in mind that these are temporary solutions, and you should also look at the hardship funds linked below, and perhaps some part-time work to help while you complete your studies.

Hardship funds

Students suffering unexpected financial hardship are advised to apply for LOAF. Details of all funds available are on the University's funding pages.

If you need an emergency loan to support you through a small gap in funding, please speak to the Funding Team at

Travel grants

Graduate College Travel Grants are CURRENTLY CLOSED for applications - we hope to be able to offer these again later in the year if we are able to source further funding.

Please submit your application prior to the date of your academic travel as per the submission dates.

Deadlines for submission are as follows:

  • 5th February
  • 4th March
  • 2nd April

This fund is intended to support the sharing and dissemination of research conducted at Lancaster, so applicants presenting a paper are prioritised. Applications can also be made by students attending the Global Experiences summer schools. See the application form 'Eligibility Criteria' for full details.

Applications can be made through the online form

If you need to apply without using the online system or you have any questions, please email