Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be registered for a doctorate in History at a British or North American university
Students may be at any stage of a doctoral degree, at any HE institution in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the USA, or Canada.
- Have met with sudden and unexpected financial hardship
It is assumed that students have made realistic provision for their expected living costs and tuition fees. Where this is clearly not the case, a payment will not be made from the Fund. Details of what constitutes core income and expenditure are detailed on the next page. Please note that the Fund cannot be used to pay tuition fees, nor to cover the costs of having theses printed and bound for examination.
- Be members of the IHR community
This is defined as being a regular attendee at IHR seminars and/or a regular user of the IHR Library as a reader.
- Be resident in London
Applicants must be resident in London, whether temporarily for the purposes of their research or as their normal place of residence. London is broadly defined as within the Greater London area.
- Have applied (wherever possible) to their own university or college for assistance before turning to the Russell Fund
Applicants must demonstrate either that they have applied to such funds at their home institution, or that their institution does not provide an appropriate hardship fund. Written confirmation from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor is required in the latter case. If an application has been made to another hardship fund, please state the amount of the subsidy requested, its purpose, and when a response is expected.
- Not have already received a subsidy from the Russell Fund in the current academic year
Applicants may only make one successful application to the Fund in any given academic year (1 October through to 30 September).