Scholarships and Student Funding

Hardship Fund for non-UK students

The University provides limited emergency funding for students facing unexpected financial difficulties.

Limited additional assistance is available for fully-matriculated EU (non-UK) and Overseas students from the University's Common Bursaries Fund who are ineligible to receive assistance from other UK Government sponsored funds.


You can apply to the University for an emergency award if you suddenly find yourself in financial difficulty due to unforeseen problems with your funding. This could be as a result of currency fluctuations or the unexpected withdrawal of funding support, for example. Awards can also be made from this Fund to help students suffering financial hardship due to ill health if this results in an authorised interruption of studies.

As these funds are extremely limited, the maximum award that can be made from the Hardship Fund is capped annually at £600 for a family, £400 for a couple and £200 for a single student.


The first step is to visit one of the EUSA Advice Places. Here you can pick up an application form and get advice on your eligibility and the application process from experienced and friendly staff.

EUSA Advice Places

EUSA Advice Places are located in Edinburgh at:

  • Students' Association, Bristo Square
  • KB House, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road

Application form


Please make sure that you have filled out the form fully and that you supply photocopies of all the required documentation. Failure to do so could delay your application being processed. A list of the documents we require is on the application form.

You must make sure that the documents you supply with your application are photocopies as there is no procedure for original documents to be returned to you.

Completed forms can be submitted to the Advice Place. Alternatively, you can submit your application directly to Scholarships and Student Funding Services.


Scholarships and Financial Support Team

Contact details

Assessment of application

This assessment normally takes about 15 working days, after which the administrators will write to you to inform you of their decision.

If your application is successful, it can take up to 10 working days for payments to be processed.

Payment of award

Awards are normally paid by BACS (Bankers' Automated Clearing Services). You will be asked to provide the Finance Department with your bank details to allow the funds to be transferred directly to you. You can however ask for the payment to by made by cheque if this would suit you better.

Can I apply more than once?

Yes. You can apply as many times as you wish during the academic year. Each case is considered on its individual merits at the time of application. However, previous applications - whether successful or not - will be taken into consideration.

What if I disagree with the assessment of my application?

If you disagree with the decision reached you are entitled to request a review of your application. Reviews are handled by Scholarships and Financial Support staff.

Reviews should be requested in writing, clearly stating the grounds for appeal and, where appropriate, supplying additional documentary evidence to support the review process. All requests for review must be received within 14 days of the date of the original decision letter. The review process can take up to two weeks.

After you have received the outcome of your review, if you still disagree with our decision you may appeal in writing to the Scholarships and Student Funding Services Manager (, who is responsible for handling the final appeal. You should clearly indicate how you believe an incorrect decision has been made. The Head of the department will review the case and inform the applicant of the decision in writing within seven working days.

EUSA Advice Place staff will be able to advise you as to whether or not you have sufficient grounds to request a review.