We are now closed to applications for 2018.

The next funding round will take place in 2020, with a deadline in June 2020. Instructions will appear on this site at the beginning of 2020.


Can I submit my application electronically?

We are looking into allowing electronic applications in future funding cycles. Instructions for the next round of applications will appear here in 2020.

What should I include in my covering letter?

Your covering letter is an essential part of the application, but should not be more than one side of A4 in 12pt.  It should explain your reasons for seeking a grant from the Trust and why you have chosen the course of study in question. It should tell us how long the course will last and the institution in which it is located. Have you been accepted for this course and what do you hope to gain from it?

How many references do I need and who should supply them?

Two copies of two references are required. Wherever possible, both references should be from an academic or professional source; each reference should be signed and written on the headed notepaper of the institution in question. References may not be from a family member.

Your references must be sent with your application; please ask each of your referees to place both copies of their references into one sealed envelope addressed to the Reid Trust, and to sign their name across the seal, before sending the reference to you.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants should be women who have been educated in Britain at secondary or tertiary level, or both, and who wish to pursue further training, education or research in the United Kingdom at any appropriate educational establishment. Applicants do not need to have been born in Britain.

What costs can I apply for?

Applications will be considered for funding to support a course of study or to support completion of a project, as well as for course fees (in part or whole). For example, funding can be requested for childcare so that a student may complete a course of study, or for travel within the United Kingdom for research on a project.

Funding is not normally available for undergraduate degrees, PGCEs, legal practice courses, NHS career progression, counselling courses, writing-up time for a PhD, travel outside the United Kingdom or attendance at conferences.

Please note that it is rare for the Trust to award funding for a postgraduate degree immediately following an undergraduate degree or for a second Masters degree.

How much money can I apply for?

Grants between £250 and £1500 are awarded. You may apply for any sum between or including these two figures. The Trust reserves the right to award more or less than the sum applied for.

Can I apply for funding more than once?

Yes. The Trust is willing to consider supporting an applicant for more than one year of a programme of education, provided that evidence of satisfactory progress for the previous year(s) for which a grant has been awarded is supplied with the subsequent application. This should be in the form of a letter from a tutor confirming attendance and an appropriate level of achievement, or a transcript of grades achieved if this is available at the time of application.

Lack of evidence of satisfactory progress will mean that a second or subsequent application will not be considered for further funding. All applicants should note, however, that further support is discretionary and that success with one application does not guarantee subsequent success.

How much financial information do I need to submit?

You must supply details of income and expected expenditure as specified on the form. You may round figures up to the nearest pound.

Full details of your financial circumstances, as well as a budget including expected income, outgoings and any deficit, should be included with your application. Your budget should be viable; a large shortfall requires an explanation.

Incomplete financial information may result in an application not being considered for funding.

How will I be notified of the result of my application?

If you are successful in your application you will be notified in late July. If you have not heard from the Trust by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful. Please note that we are not in a position to give feedback and that the decisions of the Trust are final.

Your award is conditional on your acceptance on the course to which your application refers. Funds will not be disbursed unless this confirmation has been received.

If I have special circumstances I wish to be taken into account, how should I include this information?

There is a section on the application form for other information you wish to be considered. Alternatively, or additionally, this information may be supplied in your covering letter. Information about medical conditions should be supported by a doctor’s letter.

What do I do if I do not take up my place on the course I have applied for?

If you have been made an award but do not take up your place, you should return the cheque to the Reid Trust, address as above. Grants cannot be deferred from one year to another. You can however re-apply in a future round of applications. Your application will be judged accordingly; its success in the second round cannot be guaranteed.

What should I do if I am successful with another grant application, such as a British Academy, AHRC, or ESRC award?

If awarded a grant from a body such as the British Academy, AHRC or ESRC which pays your fees in full and awards living expenses, you should return the cheque to the Reid Trust. If you are awarded a grant that only partially supports your studies (for example, it pays fees but not living expenses), then the Reid Trust grant may be used to contribute towards your other course-related expenses.

If you are in any doubt, please contact the Trust for more information.

How do I report on my progress at the end of the award?

A letter should be sent to the Trust detailing what has been achieved. This may be, for example, that you have successfully passed your first year assessments and will be progressing to the second year of a degree programme, or that you have gained a certificate or diploma at the end of your course of study. This letter should be sent to thereidtrust@gmail.com.

Can you confirm that my application arrived on time?

No – we are not able to confirm receipt of applications. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that applications are sent with the correct postage and in enough time to reach us by the deadline. We highly recommend sending your application early enough to make sure it reaches us on time.

Can I submit a late application?

No – we are a small trust, and we only consider applications that reach us by our deadline.

If I need further information, who do I contact?

Further information may be requested from Katherine McDonald at thereidtrust@gmail.com. Please read these FAQ carefully before emailing – we will not be able to reply to emails which ask for information which is available here.