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PGR Financial Aid Scheme

King’s Financial Aid Application for PGR students

As a result of the current Coronavirus outbreak, we understand that many of our students have concerns about money and finances. 

King’s PGR students who have been directly affected financially by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for financial support through the PGR financial aid scheme. Please note that this scheme does not address issues around additional stipends, tuition fees or King’s Residences accommodation fee reduction or pro-rating, which should be picked up separately.

How do I apply?

Download and submit the application form. Please ensure that you read the guidance on the form carefully, as this fully explains eligibility and the application process. To ensure a timely outcome to your application, you should follow the process described on the form.

If you are currently enrolled on a postgraduate research programme, and you have been directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis in any of the following ways, you may apply.

Applications will be considered for help with financial costs in one of 2 categories:


  • Financial Hardship directly related to COVID-19 

Next step: complete the financial aid form and submit it to the Centre for Doctoral Studies.


  • Visa Extension costs

Next step: Complete the Online Enquiry form for an appointment with an adviser.

Detail when you are free for a virtual appointment and the adviser will an make an appointment for you.


If you are experiencing financial difficulty, but your situation has not directly arisen due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, then we would encourage you to seek advice from the Advice & Guidance team. 

If you are seeking a reduced tuition or King’s Residence accommodation fee, or additional stipend payments, these are not within the scope of this fund. Please refer to the online FAQs for further guidance.  



Further support

If you are still concerned about your financial situation you should contact a Student Advisor for confidential advice.

The Advice team can be contacted via email and have a dedicated Advice telephone line. Full information about the Student Advice service can be found on their webpage.


Whom should I submit my application to?

The correct Department to send your application form and evidence to will depend on the reason for your application. Further information can be found on the application form and below.

Nature of Costs

Approving Department

Financial hardship directly related to COVID-19

Centre for Doctoral Studies

Visa costs 

Advice and Guidance Team




How much will I receive?

The level of award from the fund will depend on your specific circumstances, so we are unable to provide an indicative figure.

What information do I have to provide with my application?

You should provide the following documentary evidence with your application

  • Evidence of costs 

  • Evidence that a refund of costs has been refused, where applicable 

  • Evidence that a claim against any relevant insurance policy has been submitted, where applicable 

  • Evidence that your visa expires on or before 31st July 2022

If you are applying on the basis of loss of employment, please provide the following:

  • Evidence of your loss of employment (e.g. P45)

  • Evidence that you do not qualify for the government’s Income Support Scheme or Coronavirus Job Retention scheme (e.g. letter from employer)

  • Or evidence of your income on either of these schemes (e.g. letter from employer)

Evidence can be provided in the form of scans or photos of documents taken with a scanning device or mobile phone. Where possible, these should be clearly labelled. 

What should I include in my supporting statement?

When completing your statement please ensure that you: 

  • Provide details of how you have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Explain how this impacted your financial situation, including details of any specific costs

The statement should provide details of the support you are applying for. Please note that you will be asked to provide documentary evidence demonstrating the change in your circumstances and any associated costs.

Please provide details of any financial dependents (e.g. children or adult dependents) and caring responsibilities that you may have.

Eligibility for Visa extension application?

Students whose Tier 4 (General) student visa expires on or before 31st July 2022 can make an application at this stage. 


When will I hear if I have been successful?


Once the application form and supporting evidence have been received, the relevant department will review your application.


We will contact you with details of the outcome within 3 weeks, with information about how to receive any award.


If we can confirm that the costs stated, and the circumstances described are accurate then this will be sent to the Student Funding Office for payment.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact doctoralstudies@kcl.ac.uk

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