The ABCP Bursary Fund provides funding to students who are experiencing ‘unforeseen exceptional circumstances’ during the period of their degree course study.

‘Unforeseen exceptional circumstances’

All applications will be considered on their own merit and ‘unforeseen exceptional circumstances’. Although there is no firm definition to ‘unforeseen exceptional circumstances’, the following are some examples that may lead to exceptional circumstances:

  • Student’s family has planned to provide financial support but were unable to do so due to unforeseen health issues of family member;
  • Health issues prevented student from completing within funded period, in order to submit thesis on time student was unable to continue paid employment;
  • The external funding is terminated unexpectedly, which is not due to students’ performance;
  • COVID-19 pandemic prevents some students to continue their part-time work to fund their studies.

In 2020, priority will be given to cases where the students are affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility Criteria

Awards will not normally be made to research students who have submitted their thesis, or MSc / UG students who have completed all the course programme and wait for graduation.


  • The Fund will be up to £1,000 per award. However, additional funding may be available in exceptional circumstances.
  • Awardees will receive a certificate of the award.
  • Awardees will be offered a complimentary registration at the subsequent ABCP Annual Conference.

Application Procedure

Applications for the award should be submitted via email to, consist of:

  1. The explanation to the ‘unforeseen exceptional circumstances’, why the bursary is required and how the bursary will assist completion of your degree course
  2. An updated CV with your current degree programme, contact details including your University email address
  3. One support letter from an ABCP Full/Associate Member


Applications will be assessed by an ABCP selection panel with the following main criteria:

  1. The ‘unforeseen exceptional circumstances’
  2. The impact of the bursary to the applicant towards to successful completion of his/her degree course

Application Deadlines

There are two rounds of call for applications per year and the deadlines for 2020 are:

  • 30 June 2020
  • 30 November 2020

The applicants will be informed their application outcomes within one month from the date of the application deadline

Further inquiry, please contact Professor Jihong Wang at