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For medical students facing exceptional hardship, the RMBF offers grants to assist with essential living expenses while studying. The amount of each grant is set according to an individual’s needs.


To be eligible for our support, you must:

  • be a registered student on a course at a medical school in the UK which would meet the eligibility requirements for the purposes of GMC registration
  • have the intention to work in the UK after qualification
  • be in exceptional hardship as a result of unexpected factors outside of your control due to ill health, disability or bereavement
  • be at serious risk of failing to qualify as a result of the financial pressures you face
  • be in the final 2 years of your training (i.e. expecting Provisional Registration within 2 years)


How to apply

Please email our Casework Department or call on 020 8540 9194 (option 1) to discuss whether you may be eligible for our help.

If you are not eligible for help, you may still find useful tips on managing your money, how to borrow sensibly and where to find other sources of funding, on our website Money4MedStudents.

If you are a doctor or refugee doctor, please visit the relevant pages.


Case study: Elizabeth

While in her final year at Hull York Medical School, Elizabeth was involved in a serious road accident which resulted in her having to use a wheelchair for three months.  Elizabeth was unable to return to her studies in time to sit her final exams and was forced to re-start her final year. The added financial pressure of an extra year at medical school meant that Elizabeth was finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

Without the help of RMBF I would have struggled to complete the course due to financial pressure. Thanks to them I was able to focus on exams and not have to worry about finances.”

Elizabeth contacted her medical school welfare team who recommended her for the RMBF’s Medical Student Programme. The RMBF helped Elizabeth through her final year at medical school. Elizabeth passed her exams and has subsequently started her F1 post.

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