Training Funding Sources
Last updated: 08/02/18
There are lots of training funding sources available. However, most are very limited in terms of who’s eligible and the amount of funding available, so don’t raise your hopes too high! It seems to be particularly hard to get funding if you already hold professional qualifications and want to do a further taught qualification.
The list below includes some possibilities. If you find any more that might be of use to colleagues, please e-mail us to let us know.
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapists has a charitable fund offering a range of annual educational awards. Also AGILE bursaries and grants for physios working with older people
- British Psychological Society – limited number of grants and awards. West Midlands branch also offer some additional funding, as does Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology and DCP Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families.
- Queen's Nursing Institute educational grants (small grants for community nurses)
- Royal College of Occupational Therapists has annual awards funding opportunities
- Royal College of Nursing Foundation lists a limited number of bursaries including Health Care Assistant awards and Kershaw Family Bursary for Healthcare Assistants and Assistant Practitioners
- British Association of Social Workers Educational Trust – limited number of scholarships
- Alzheimer's Society Clinician and Healthcare Professional training fellowships - for higher research degrees
- Barber's Company Clinical Nursing Scholarship - usually for a Masters or PhD
- British Geriatrics Society Nurses Study Grant - small grants for conferences, seminars or visits
- Florence Nightingale Foundation has research fellowships, including some covering study of research methods (for nurses). Also travel and leadership scholarships.
- Mary Seacole Awards for work that will improve health outcomes in BME communities
- The Nightingale Fund has some funds to partially support about 30 nurses/HCAs a year with courses for professional development
- PsyPag bursaries for psychology postgraduates to attend conferences
- Society for the Study of Addictions bursaries
- Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology has a few bursaries, mostly linked to research or putting research into practice
- Some universities offer a ‘loyalty discount’ of around 10% on course fees to recent graduates returning for postgraduate study
- Many universities list opportunities for postgraduate study funding on their websites
- City and Guilds/ILM bursaries
- Postgrad.com offers a very limited number of £500 bursaries open to a huge number of potential applicants
- Some organisations hold funds to support education for people from a specific place (criteria vary). The ‘Guide to Educational Grants’ and general web searches are the best way to track these down
- Staffordshire Community Foundation has a list of funding sources for individuals (not just for education)
Other places to look
- Book available from Trust library: The guide to educational grants : 2016/17. Fourteenth edition UK: Directory of Social Change.
- Some unions have funding available, particularly for courses up to first degree level, e.g. Unison
- There are online directories for postgraduate funding – these include https://www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk/
- ‘The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding’ lists a lot of sources – if you have identified where you want to study, the institution may be able to give you access. Contact the library for further information.