Here to help: PGR COVID-19 financial support

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Last year, in response to the pandemic, a fund of over a million pounds was created through generous donations from alumni, staff, students and friends of the University.

Manchester Doctoral College have been successful in securing £200,000 from the fund and half of this has been allocated to help cover unexpected research programme-related expenses PGRs may have personally incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new support is in addition to the COVID-19 Hardship Fund and the Living Cost Support Fund.

PGR COVID-19 Expense Fund

This fund is available to all PGRs who have personally incurred unexpected research programme-related costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic (since March 2020). PGRs will be able to make one application to the expense fund per academic year. Awards will be capped at a maximum of £500 except in the case of required Hotel Quarantine costs, which will be covered in full (where approved). For full details on what you can apply for, and how to make an application, please see the guidance document. Any questions can be directed to  

PGR COVID-19 Hardship Fund

This fund is available to PGRs facing real and demonstrable financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (which can be defined as where your essential outgoings are greater than your income). PGRs applying to this fund could be eligible for a non-repayable award of up to £2,000. Awards are granted on a case-by-case basis after consideration of each application. For full details on eligibility and the application process please refer to the PGR COVID-19 Hardship Fund guidance document. Any question can be directed to your local PGR Support team.

Living Cost Support Fund

This fund is still available to PGRs facing financial hardship, not specifically related to COVID-19. The fund can award both small grants and loans, and is open to all students regardless of study mode or nationality. Find out more on the student support pages.

Help and further support

If you are struggling with any aspect of your studies due to the pandemic, please see our specific PGR FAQ’s  for the latest information on how we’re trying to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on your research and where you can access help and support.

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