We make grants to Quaker members and attenders continuing their education as mature students.


These grants are particularly aimed at members and attenders gaining further or higher education to equip themselves to serve society and/or Quakers in Britain.

To apply you should be a mature student or graduate, either in membership of Britain Yearly Meeting or an attender of at least five years (this may be waived for applicants showing evidence of strong support from the local meeting or another Quaker body). You should be in need of financial support to take the course.

The course should be offered at a reputable institution within the UK.

Case study

PhD in Criminology - why it is that some life-sentenced prisoners are more able than others to find positive, meaningful experiences while imprisoned? (PDF)

How to apply

Applications for 2024, including the 2024-2025 academic year, are open all year and will be considered at Grants Group's June, September and November meetings. The deadlines for applications are:

  • 26 April for the June meeting (for courses beginning in or after September)
  • 26 August for the September meeting (for courses beginning in or after December)
  • 11 October for the November meeting (for courses beginning in or after February)

Download the guidance, letters for referees, and application form. Please read the guidance before submitting your application.

Contact us

Grants Programme Officer
020 7663 1053