Grants from the Bursaries Fund are available to former prisoners of conscience to assist with tuition fee payments for post-graduate study or professional conversion courses in the UK. Applications are considered by our trustees on an annual basis.
**The 2016 deadline has now passed. The next deadline is 31st May 2017 for course fees due from autumn 2017 onwards.**
Who can apply to the Bursaries Fund?
To be eligible for a grant from our Bursaries Fund applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
1. Applicants must be a prisoner of conscience, the definition of which is an individual who has suffered persecution for their conscientiously-held beliefs, provided they have not used or advocated violence or supported a violent organisation or have willingly served in the armed forces. The fact that the applicant is seeking asylum or has been a victim of a civil war is not in itself sufficient. A degree of personal persecution for a conscientious act has to be established.
2. Applicants must have previously completed an under-graduate degree, not necessarily in the UK.
3. Evidence must be provided of acceptance onto the post-graduate or conversion course at the time of application.
If successful, funding will be provided towards tuition fees for one academic year. A commitment for funding subsequent years cannot be given but applicants can re-apply to be considered again the following year. No retrospective funding can be given.
As a small charitable organisation with limited funds, it should also be noted that eligibility does not necessarily guarantee a successful outcome. The final decision on any grant application will be made by the Trustees of the Fund and will be dependent on sufficient funds being available.