University of London Trust Funds

The University is the trustee of over one-hundred trust funds which are used to support academic activities at the University of London Colleges, the Institutes at School of Advanced Study and the Senate House Libraries.  The trust funds were established following the generous donations from the University’s supporters and some are almost as old as the University itself; dating back to the 1850s, while many others have been created since 2000.

The University’s Trust Funds Committee is responsible for overseeing the majority of trust funds and allocating funding from them to the Colleges and Central Activities, except where it is otherwise stated in the Trust Fund’s description.

Funding scholarships, buying library books, scientific research and supporting students in times of hardship are just a few examples of how the trust funds are used to positively impact on the University’s 120,000 students every year. Some of the trust funds were created with very specific terms meaning they should only be used by a particular part of the University or a particular subject, others are more open and their use is flexible.  

•    Art & Literature
•    Classics
•    Hardship Funds
•    History
•    Interdisciplinary
•    Languages
•    Law
•    Library
•    Medical & Veterinary
•    Sciences & Mathematics
•    Social Sciences

How to apply and more information

Applications to the Trust Funds Committee are open to Departments of University of London Colleges and University of London Central Activities.

The Trust Funds Committee will not consider applications from students. Students from departments receiving funding should make enquiries to the departments directly.  Where departments are inviting applications for fellowships, scholarships and prizes the University has endeavoured to include links to relevant pages but this is by no means conclusive and students should consult the particular websites.

For more information about any of the University of London Trust Funds or how to apply, please email  

For Trust Fund enquiries and applications:


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