Financial Assistance

On this page you will find information about the different types of financial support we offer to pharmacy students, trainees, pharmacists, former pharmacists and their families.

Our financial assistance is here to help you manage your money worries. We give a range of support to pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists, trainees and students who are facing financial difficulties due to unexpected hardship*, for example ill health, unemployment, bereavement, care costs and unexpected events.

You can find more information about the types of financial assistance we offer further down on this page. We also have lots of information on our website about how to find alternative funding. Additionally, our Specialist Advice service may be able to support you to manage debts and secure benefits entitlement. If you are unsure whether an application for financial assistance is the best route, you can contact us to find out about what other support might be available.

Grants for unexpected hardship

Grants for pharmacists, former pharmacists and their dependents

Help with a specific one-off cost, for example, an unexpected winter fuel bill or essential minor household repair. Assistance to support mental or physical quality of life, for example, for respite care, therapy or the purchase of an aid or adaptation. Support for people struggling to manage on a very low income, for example, a top up towards care home fees or help for a pharmacist unable to work because of serious illness.

Grants for trainees

Trainees facing unexpected hardship can apply for up to £3,000 during their GPhC approved placement, or whilst waiting to sit the assessment (evidence of application to sit is required).

Grants for students 

Students can apply for a grant of up to £1,500 per academic year. You must be able to demonstrate that you’re experiencing unexpected hardship due to unforeseen circumstances, such as ill health, bereavement or loss of income. Payments cannot be made towards tuition fees.

Before you apply

It may be helpful to read the eligibility criteria and guidance notes before deciding to complete a grant application form. To apply for financial assistance, you must complete a grant application form as fully as possible and submit it to the charity with supporting documentation. The application form and guidance notes can be downloaded using the link below. If required, further help can be given with filling in an application form by emailing

Completed application forms and supporting documents should be sent to

Applications for financial assistance are assessed on a case by case basis and on the level of income against the level of essential outgoings. There needs to be evidence of financial hardship or potential hardship. We may need to ask you for further information at this stage. Once we have all the information we need we will endeavour to make a decision within 14 working days.

Apply for a hardship grant

Pharmacist Support’s National Student Bursary Scheme

Once a year the charity opens its national bursary scheme to all fully accredited pharmacy schools in Great Britain.

3rd (or 4th year if undertaking a 5 year sandwich degree) MPharm students facing unexpected adversity can apply and successful applicants can receive a bursary of either £3,000 or £5,000.

To apply students must demonstrate financial hardship, outstanding and exceptional qualities to overcome an ongoing adversity, an endorsed expectation by their university of a positive contribution to pharmacy in Great Britain and sound academic performance.

Find out more about our bursary scheme

*Individuals must be able to demonstrate that they meet our eligibility criteria to receive financial support. Any grant provided by the Charity is done so at the discretion of the Charity’s Trustees and there is no statutory or other right for an individual to receive a grant.

Pharmacist Support gave me a grant that helped with my debts, referred me onto a specialist debt advisor, and provided me with much needed disability aids to help manage my bed-sores. My life would be so much more difficult without Pharmacist Support. Their help is invaluable, financial, practical and, best of all, reassuring.
Ewan, Pharmacist Support beneficiary

Further financial guidance

Further financial guidance

Finding funding

If you are a pharmacist, trainee or pharmacy student and are experiencing hardship, we may be able to provide you with financial assistance towards essential expenditure. We've also compiled a list of alternative sources for funding.

Further financial guidance


Here you will find information and guidance on how to manage your money and any debts you may have, and ways to find funding, including from Pharmacist Support, should you need financial assistance.

Further financial guidance

COVID 19: Financial Assistance & Advice

If you are currently experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID19, please take a look at the information we have gathered to support you.