How to apply

How to apply

Since the creation of the Chancellor’s Fund in 1999, almost 3,000 donors have generously given a total of £4m to support staff and student projects.

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If you are a member of staff at the University of Glasgow or are part of a student organisation, and you have a project which is in need of funding and is in-keeping with the aims of the Chancellor's Fund, then we would be delighted to hear from you!

Simply download and complete our application form, and make sure you read our guidance below.

Chancellor's Fund application form Word format

Chancellor's Fund application form PDF format

All applications must fit within the strategic aims of your College or Service and therefore must be signed by your Head of College/Service.

Please note the deadlines for your College:

  • College of Science & Engineering should be submitted to School Offices by Friday 08 March 2019
  • College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences should be submitted to MVLS College Office by Friday 08 March 2019
  • College of Arts should be submitted to School Offices by - Friday 08 March 2019
  • College of Social Science should be submitted to School Offices by - Friday 08 March 2019
  • For University Service applications should be submitted to the Development and Alumni Office by - Friday 08 March 2019  

Return completed applications to your College or Service, together with brief details of the project (no more than two pages of A4) by email or post. Alternatively, if you cannot download the form, contact Michaella Mitchell on 0141 330 8501 or email and we'll send you an application form.

Application guidance

Application guidance

Where do the funds come from?

The funds come from our generous donors who have opted to support the Chancellor's Fund.


What size of grant is awarded?

It is unlikely that grants awarded now will exceed £6-7,000.

Awards are dependent on the amount available for disbursement and on the number of applications received.  


What kind of projects has it supported?

Recent examples include -

  • supporting the costs of sheet music hire for the student-run orchestra, the Kelvin Ensemble - £953
  • piloting an online summer school for Greek and Latin language students over the summer break to retain language skills - £1,043
  • a sustainable peer mentoring scheme at the university’s Dumfries Campus to help students communicate their worries and concerns - £2,000
  • a student-led website and app in connection with the Ingenious Impressions exhibition of early printed books previously on display at The Hunterian Art Gallery - £3,033
  • summer internships for Computing Science students to work with local charities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their IT infrastructure - £5,000


How often does the Chancellor’s Fund Advisory Board meet to consider applications?

The Advisory Board meet twice a year, in April and October, to consider applications.

Applications close approximately four weeks before this date.  

All applicants must wait one year before re-applying.


How many applications can a School send in to the Chancellor’s Fund?

A School or Institute may submit more than one application, but if they do so, the Head of School or College will be asked to prioritise applications and only the top five applications from the College will be sent to the Board to review.

This does not mean that only one application will be funded.


Can I apply for funding for research projects?

The Chancellor’s Fund does not usually award funds for research projects. 

Any grants given tend to be to seedcorn funding for projects which may lead on to a full research project.  Applicants would have to provide good reason as to why other more conventional sources of research income were not available.


Are any other projects ineligible?

We do not fund scholarships of any type for individuals involved in a personal project.  We also cannot fund projects  retroactively - where the event or project has already taken place. Individual sporting groups  and individuals involved in sport are supported through awards made to University Sport or GUSA. Although it has done so in the past, the Chancellor’s Fund does not award any funds for field trips or other educational trips/study weekends etc


My project is connected to Learning and Teaching – what should I do?

You should ask the Vice-Principal of Learning & Teaching to endorse your application (an email attached to your application is sufficient).  This is to ensure that the application is in harmony with the Learning & Teaching strategy and that something similar is not being done elsewhere in the University.


At what point in my funding quest should I apply to the Chancellor’s Fund?

The Advisory Board  is likely to give preference to applications where some funding has already been secured, preferably to a level where this would match any funding given by the Chancellor’s Fund.  The Trustees tend to look more favourably upon applications where all other sources of funding have been exhausted and the bid is to close a gap in funding or provide support for projects that are difficult to fund from other sources.


Why did the Chancellor’s Fund not provide all the funding I requested?

The contribution made to your project will be dependent on the size of the bid, the funds available for disbursement, and the likelihood of the remainder of any funding being secured from other sources.  In some cases, part funding is given on the condition that the College/School matches the funding.


Can I speak to somebody about my application ahead of submitting it?

Yes, a member of the Development and Alumni Office would be delighted to discuss your draft application at any stage.

 Please call 0141 330 8501 or email