Covid-19 support scheme for PhD students 2021

Covid-19 Grant applications close at 5pm Tuesday 16 2021

Covid-19 remains a significant and frustrating challenge to us all. This new SRF initiative is designed to provide financial support for PhD students and post-doctoral scientists whose work has been adversely affected by Covid-19 pandemic closure of research laboratories and facilities.  The scheme is specifically focussed on stipend and salary where alternative support has not been available.  Maximum awards are £4000 for PhD students and £12,500 for post-doctoral scientists.

Further details of the scheme along with eligibility criteria are outlined in the accompanying form at the bottom of the page.

Covid-19 support scheme for PhD students 2021



  • The principal applicant must be a current, fully paid-up member for 2020 and 2021.
  • The principal applicant shall be the main supervisor of the PhD student.
  • The fund must be used to support 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 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 their 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.


Application open date: 28 January 2021

Deadline: 5pm on Tuesday 16 February 2021


Applicants should fill the application form to show 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.
  • The maximum amount awarded will be £4000.
  • The number of awards made will depend on the quality of the applications received and the financial position of the society.
  • The society reserves the right not to make any awards in any given round if the quality of applications does not meet the standards required.
  • 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 completing the project describing how the funds were used.
  • All successful applicants must acknowledge the SRF in any publications or presentations arising from work supported by these funds.

Covid-19 Rebuilding Research Momentum Fund – Case for Support

Covid-19 support scheme for PhD students 2021 - Case for Support
Please confirm that you have paid for 2020 Membership *
Please confirm that you have paid for 2021 Membership *


By submitting this application you confirm that you meet these criteria.
If you are the principal supervisor of a PhD student, please confirm that you have a tenured position *

Time period over which disruption occurred

(If disruption occurred in more than one period, please state additional period in the text box below)
Proportion of research time/output affected *

Justification for support

(Suggested maximum 750 words)
Note that as a registered charity, the SRF will not, under any circumstances, pay any overhead charges.
Letter of Support as outlined in Eligibility criteria *
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