Scholarships and Student Funding

Hardship Funding

Hardship funding available to support students at the University of Edinburgh.

All the information you need in order to apply can be found below, if you need further help or are in immediate financial crisis you can contact the Advice Place who can offer you help and support


Discretionary Fund – Winter Covid Top Up Fund

The Scottish Government has allocated funds to assist students who are facing financial difficulties during the current Covid-19 lockdown.

Hotel Quarantine Costs

The University can support hotel quarantine costs (to a maximum of £1,750) for those who are required to be on campus for learning and teaching on an approved programme

Postgraduate Research students

As part of a commitment by the Scottish Government to support postgraduate research student, £250,000 in hardship funding available to support continuing PhD and MSc by Research of all fee statuses due to Covid-19. The funds can contribute to travel, accommodation and subsistence for those most in need. The funds cannot replace loss of income but can provide a contribution towards living costs.

UK students

The Scottish Government makes funds available to support UK students in financial difficulty in the academic session 2020-2021. The funds are focused on supporting living costs and are not to reduce tuition fees.

Non-UK students

The University provides emergency funding for students facing unexpected financial difficulties. This fund has been increased to £100,000 for the 2020/21 academic year.

Childcare Fund

Means-tested Childcare funds are available for students using registered childcare in the academic year 2020/21. The funds are provided by the Scottish Government and awards are made at the discretion of the University on a case-by-case basis.