Covid-19 support scheme for PhD students 2021

Applications are now closed for this scheme

The scheme is specifically focussed on stipend and salary where alternative support has not been available.  The maximum award will be £4000.

Further details of the scheme along with eligibility criteria are outlined in the accompanying form at the bottom of the page. Please note that if you have already applied, your application stands and will be reviewed in due course. 

Covid-19 support scheme for PhD students 2021 



  • The principal applicant must be a current, active and fully paid-up member of the SRF for at least one year.
  • The principal applicant shall be a fully-registered PhD student in the final year or the extended year of a PhD programme.
  • The award must be used to support the PhD students whose research has been affected by Covid-19 pandemic closure of research laboratories/facilities.
  • The award can only be used to support PhD students with their living costs in the form of a monthly stipend.
  • The application must be accompanied by a letter of support from a supervisor (primary or secondary) or Head of Department indicating the degree of financial support in existence to the student and the nature of the disadvantage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic to the student and that their institution is willing to support and administer the award.

Application open date: 10th March 2021

Deadline: Applications are closed


Applicants should fill the application form to describe how the pandemic has affected them and/or their research and how such an award will be of benefit.


Details of the PhD award:

  • Eligible applicants may only submit one application per round.
  • Candidates who applied through their supervisor in the first call do not need to submit a new application in this round.
  • Decisions are made on the basis of financial hardship of the individual student applying.
  • The maximum amount awarded will be £4000.
  • The number of awards made will depend on the information provided by the applicants and the financial position of the society.
  • The society reserves the right not to make any awards in any given round if the case made by the applicants does not meet the criteria or if funds are unavailable.
  • A letter confirming the award will be sent both to the applicant and to their institution.
  • Funds awarded are final, do not include overheads and are not subject to appeal.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • All successful applicants must submit a report within 12 months of receiving this award outlining how the funds helped them continue with their project and what was achieved.
  • All successful applicants must acknowledge the SRF in any publications or presentations arising from work supported by these funds.