Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust Bursary

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust offer bursaries to people in financial need and who have a parent or spouse or are employed themselves as a commercial traveller, pharmacist or grocer.

  • Funding: Up to £5,000 per year
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate taught
Applications for 2023/24 are closed.

You can use a Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust grant for any reasonable costs connected with going to university, including tuition fees, accommodation costs, living expenses, or equipment to help you study.


Open to UK (home) students only.

Eligible courses

Any full-time degree course at York. Distance learning courses are not eligible for this funding.

Eligible costs

You can apply for assistance with any reasonable costs associated with study, including: tuition and examination fees, travel costs, study materials and accommodation.

Financial need

Applicants are asked to give some information about their financial situation, and how a bursary would assist them at university, for example:

  • making it possible to live away from home
  • being better equipped for study
  • giving the chance to pursue activities that would otherwise be too expensive.

If you are receiving a stipend you are not eligible to apply.

Eligible occupations

Applicants must have a parent or spouse or be employed themselves as:

  • a commercial traveller, pharmacist or grocer, who has worked in the UK for at least five years, and
  • is currently working in one of these occupations, or has retired within the last ten years (from time of applying)

What is a ‘commercial traveller’

A commercial traveller is the representative, agent or principal of any manufacturer, industrial or commercial firm or company, or wholesale dealers selling to industry or commerce, but not direct to the public; who works in the UK and has travelled for five consecutive years and for a total of at least six months in each of those years, for the purposes of securing orders and/or promoting business.

What is a ‘pharmacist’

A pharmacist is someone who is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, who sells or dispenses medicines directly to the public. We also accept pharmacy technicians who prepare and dispense prescriptions under the supervision of a pharmacist and are also registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

What is a ‘grocer’

A grocer is someone who owns or works in a small independent retail store that sells a wide range of both food supplies and non-edible articles for household use. Typically known as a corner shop or convenience store. Greengrocers and those who own or work for the major retailers (including the main supermarket chains) are not covered by this definition, and are not eligible to apply.


How to apply

Application deadline: Friday 1 September 2023, 5pm BST

Applications can be submitted online, between 1 June 2023 and 1 September 2023 at 5pm.

Contact details

Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

Contact us

If you have questions relating to any of our funding opportunities, please see the contact details on the specific scholarship or bursary page.