The Rank Prize Funds





Hardship grants of £5,000 for final-year PhD students
whose work has been disrupted by COVID-19


The Trustees of the Rank Prize Funds are offering £5,000 hardship grants to final-year PhD students in nutrition and optoelectronics (including visual science) at UK universities whose studies have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and who would not otherwise have the financial resources available to complete their studies.

University departments are invited to nominate one final-year PhD student only to receive an award. It is the responsibility of the Head of Department to ensure that no more than one application is submitted from their department.

Applications should be submitted using this online form.

 Please make sure you have read our Terms and Conditions below before submitting the application. 

  Application Deadline: Midnight on Monday 31st May 2021



Terms & Conditions

1. The Head of Department should submit nominations through the online form by midnight on Monday 31st May 2021. Applications are limited to one student per department.

2. Students nominated should not be in receipt of similar funding from another source. Please note that we are unable to support PhD students funded by UKRI.

3. The Advisory Committees will select the most compelling cases based on financial need and the likelihood that the student will subsequently embark on a successful research career.

4. The value of the award will be £5,000. The award is designed to cover the student’s living costs only and is not to be spent on university fees.

5. The student will be required to submit a short report six months after receipt of the award outlining i) how the award has benefited them ii) their PhD and plans for future research. The report should be written in non-technical language intelligible to a general audience and parts may be used on our website.

6. The student will be required to acknowledge the support of the Rank Prize Funds in any presentations or publications from their PhD studies and to notify the Rank Prize Funds thereof.

7. Departments will be notified by mid-June of the outcome of their application.


Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries about the scheme or problems with the application form.