The Imperial College Trust

The Imperial College Trust (formerly the Queen’s Gate Trust) is an independent charity governed by a Board of Trustees (Registered Charity Number 273071), whose objects include the promotion of charitable purposes for the benefit of the College and the support of research projects in connection with subjects taught at the College.

The Trust has two distinct parts: 

  • Restricted Funds: These funds are restricted to specific purposes, such as funding research, primarily in the Faculty of Medicine. 
  • General Fund: This fund provides support for students and activities within the University. It covers conference grants for students presenting their research and student-led projects with a voluntary or charitable aim.  The Trustees will consider applications to the General Fund for conference funding to enable College students to attend conferences to which they have been invited to present their research.

Apply for a conference grant from the General Fund

The Committee is seeking applications from students currently enrolled at Imperial College London who have been invited to present their work at an academic conference, up to a maximum of £400 for an individual or a maximum of £600 for multiple applicants to attend the same conference supported by the same supervisor (two applicants will be eligible for up to £300 each, three applicants will be eligible for up to £200 each and so on).


Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a student at Imperial College London
  • Have been invited to present their work at a conference
  • Submit their applications at least two months prior to the date of the conference.

Applicants may not make more than one application per degree programme.


  • Medical students: you may not apply if the work relates to an elective you have undertaken

  • Previous awardees: you may not apply to the Trust if you have received a conference grant in the past, unless the conference relates to a higher/different degree you are now taking at the College.  (Medical students who have previously been awarded a grant for a conference relating to their MBBS may not apply for another grant relating to their intercalated BSc or vice versa).

Key Deadlines:

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year have now closed. Please check back later in the year for future funding deadlines. 

Application Process
  1. Complete the Imperial College Trust - Conference Funding form. You will need to upload confirmation that you have been invited to present at the conference and provide contact details for your supervisor. 
  2. On submission of your application, an email will be sent automatically to the supervisor email provided with a link where they will need to provide a letter to support your application (full details required given on form). 

Please ensure both the student application and the letter of support from your supervisor has been completed by the relevant deadline, otherwise your application will be consider incomplete and will not be submitted to the Trust for consideration. 

Please contact the Student Financial Support team if you have any questions regarding your application.