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Bursary Grant Guidelines

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.