Funding opportunities

Below is a list of organisations that provide funding for health and social care professionals for education, training and research.


The professional Association of British Neurologists (ABN) offers travel and meeting bursaries to facilitate educational and research visits across the world.

Travel bursaries for neurologists


There are a number of funding opportunities available via the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapy (BAOT/COT) to support members' education, research and CPD activities.

Funding opportunities via the BAOT/COT


The British Dietetics Association General and Education Trust Fund (BDA GET) Trust Fund exists to advance education and other charitable purposes related to the science of dietetics.

Grants for dietetic research or related activities


The British Geriatrics Society (BGS), as part of its charitable activities, administers a number of grants, prizes and awards with a view to encouraging high quality research and furthering the development of professionals with an interest in older people's healthcare.

Grants, prizes and awards to further professionals' development

BGS – Nurses Study Grant

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) offers a limited number of grants to trained nurses (and nurses in training) with a special interest in the care of elderly people to attend meetings and/or to visit services with an innovative approach.

The grants are available to trained nurses and to nurses still in training irrespective of professional affiliation.

Grants for nurses

BGS – Therapists Study Grant

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) offers a limited number of grants to trained therapists (and therapists in training) with a special interest in the care of elderly people to attend meetings and/or to visit services with an innovative approach.

The scheme's primary purpose is to provide funds so at least one therapist in a multidisciplinary team can be exposed to innovative educational experiences relevant to the special needs of older patients.

The grants are available to trained therapists and to therapists still in training irrespective of professional affiliation.

Grants for therapists

CSP Charitable Trust

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Charitable Trust is an independent charitable organisation and supports the advancement of physiotherapy education and research through annual awards made to student, associate and qualified members.

Awards for advancement of physiotherapy education

The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice provide a unique opportunity for mid-career health services researchers and practitioners to spend up to 12 months in the United States, conducting original research and working with leading US health policy experts.

Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice


The purpose of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) is to advance the development of neurology as the major medical specialty caring for patients with neurological disorders and to increase the availability and standards of neurological services.

Grants to support professional development

The Florence Nightingale Foundation

The Florence Nightingale Foundation exists to support nurses and midwives with scholarships, mentoring and perhaps – and, most importantly, to give them the recognition they so richly deserve.

They raise vital funds enabling study at home and abroad, promoting innovation in practice, in addition to extending knowledge and skills to enable nurses and midwives to meet changing needs and improve patient care.

Support, mentoring and recognition for nurses and midwives with scholarships

Guarantors of Brain

Guarantors of Brain are a registered charity offering grants and financial support to those studying both clinical and non-clinical neuroscience.

Grants and financial support

The Qni

The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) is passionate about improving nursing care for people being nursed at home and in the community.

To help achieve this, they award educational grants to applicants undertaking accredited education courses and modules promoting excellence in community nursing.

Educational grants

RCN Foundation

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation is an independent charity supporting nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the public. 

They offer a number of bursaries to fund a wide variety of learning, development and research opportunities providing the support individuals need to make a difference to quality patient care.

Bursaries for learning, development and research opportunities

Skills for Care

Skills for Care can help fund those working in adult social care to develop the knowledge, skills and practical abilities needed to deliver quality care.

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The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) funds British citizens, resident in the UK, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest, to gain knowledge and bring back best practice for the benefit of others, their profession and community, in the UK.

Funding for British citizens

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