International Hardship Fund

Current international students in unexpected financial difficulty can apply for emergency funds.

The International Hardship Fund does not assist with financial hardship due to the pandemic.

If you are experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic, then please visit the University of Bristol’s Coronavirus impact fund page.


To be eligible for the International Hardship Fund, you must:

  • be registered with the University of Bristol;
  • be classed as an EU or international student;
  • be a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate student;
  • have started your programme of study with sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and living costs;
  • have exhausted all other sources of funding.

You will need demonstrate that you made adequate arrangements to support yourselves and pay your tuition and accommodation fees before coming to University, and that these arrangements have been affected by unforeseen circumstances or events beyond your control. The fund cannot replace tuition fees or living cost support that you were expected to have secured before starting the course.

Situations meriting support might include when a sponsor is suddenly unable to provide support, or when you unexpectedly and urgently need to return home for family reasons.


You can apply at any time throughout the academic year, but funds are limited and we cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient funds to meet every application we receive. Awards may be in the form of a grant or loan, whichever is deemed appropriate by the panel.

It is likely that only one award from the International Hardship Fund will be made per student during your time at Bristol.

Application process

  1. Email for an application form.
  2. Complete the application form and provide photocopies of any relevant documentation.
  3. If you live with a partner, you will need to provide your partner’s financial details.
  4. Applications will be considered on an individual basis by a panel of staff.
  5. You will be notified of the outcome of your application within two weeks of applying.

Application deadlines

7 May 2021: Undergraduate final year students

4 June 2021: Undergraduate non-final year students

30 July 2021: Undergraduate first, second and third-year veterinary nursing, bioveterinary science and veterinary nursing and companion animal behaviour students

31 July 2021: Undergraduate third and fourth-year medical, dentistry and veterinary science students

31 July 2021: Postgraduate students

Other criteria

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, the University will not consider any exceptional circumstances, such as:

  • Applying for support on the grounds that your national currency has depreciated, since this will affect all students from this country.
  • Using employment as your sole means of funding a course of study. This will not be considered as adequate provision because of the volatile nature of this source of support. This is in line with immigration rules where you need to show adequate financial provision without relying on potential earnings. Any funds secured on the basis of potential employment, which are then withdrawn as a result of losing your job, will also not be considered as having made adequate arrangement to cover costs before the start of the course.
  • Assistance with the costs of supporting dependents, if your scholarship/funding does not make provision for these costs.
  • Meeting shortfalls in basic living costs or to pay tuition fees.
  • Finding yourself in financial hardship due to mismanagement of your finances.

Get in touch

Email if you have any queries about the International Hardship Fund.

Funding enquiries or money worries

Undergraduate and general funding queries:

Postgraduate funding queries:

Call our Information Point:
Tel:+44 (0)117 428 3000

Edit this page