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Medical Toolkit Grants and Elective Bursaries

Can you DONATE NOW to help ensure that TVF can go on providing medical students with Toolkit Grants and Elective Bursaries and by doing so you will be helping to support our wonderful NHS doctors of the future

Due to the  COVID-19  pandemic TVF's events have been cancelled or postponed which means the charity will have less funds to award in grants to medical students facing extreme financial pressure during their studies. TVF would like to support 100 medical students in 2020 as it has done in previous years. Please make a donation NOW - your donation, small or large, will help to provide much requested urgent support from medical students studying at universities across the UK.

How your donation could help

  •      £80 could provide a textbook for a medical student 
  •    £200 could provide study materials and cover travel costs to a hospital placement
  •    £250 could provide a bursary towards the travel costs for an overseas medical elective

Make a donation now to support the NHS doctors of the future

The Victoria Foundation supports widening participation in medicine by awarding UK students from disadvantaged backgrounds studying at UK universities Toolkit Grants in order to purchase books, medical instruments and the travel  costs to hosital placements and Elective Bursaries with a contribution towards the cost of  travel overseas  to electives. The Victoria Foundation does not award grants to cover tuition fees. 

The charity aims to support over 100 medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds each year. This is only possible in part to a very generous gift from the Estate of Mr Charles Anthony Walter Blackwell. The Victoria Foundation has invested this wonderful legacy donation and by 2027 this gift will have supported over 400 medical students which would have made Mr Blackwell extremely proud. 

Toolkit Grants for students studying on the Extended Medical Degree Programme at Kings College, London are gifted in partnership with The Worshipful Company of Barbers and Surgeons. The Foundation awards four Elective Bursaries each year to gifted medical students facing financial hardship who are studying at the University of Nottingham.

Medical Toolkit Grant -  thank you from medical students

'I would like to confirm that I have received the enclosed grant cheque of £200. Thank you for your support and I will ensure to make good use of this and that it would go towards my medical studies. With this amount, I will be using it purchase a opthalmoscope and suture kit to practice fundoscopy and suturing. This will help me practice my clinical skills and recognise abnormalities and different types of retinopathy. '

'I am writing to confirm that I have received my medical toolkit. This will allow me to purchase the recommended textbooks for my fourth year in medicine and will also go some way to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for my 4th year placements. This will relieve some of my financial pressures and help me to concentrate on my studies.'

Read more thank yous from medical students

Applying for a Medical Toolkit Grant or Elective Bursary

Grant applications are reviewed each quarter in       January         April         July         October

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact The Victoria Foundation on T: 020 8332 1788 or by Email

Please note  TVF is unable to consider applications; before a student has started studying medicine, from an overseas student studying at a UK university or from a student studying at an overseas unversity.

Applying for a Medical Toolkit Grant or Elective Bursary WORD 


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