In 2014-15, the College spent more than 2.5 times as much on students from its own unrestricted resources as the College spent in 2012-13. Much of this increase was due to the introduction of new Scholarships and Bursaries, including the Luzio PhD Scholarship, which is a scholarship of £10,000 per annum for a home or EU student in the Humanities. One Luzio Scholarship will be granted every year. Our first Luzio Scholar was Toby Salisbury, who is in the second year of his PhD in History, and our Luzio Scholar for 2015-16 is Silvia Ferreri, who is researching the role of private art in the creation and communication of political values.
Toby writes, “I am immeasurably grateful to the College for granting me the Luzio PhD Scholarship. Funding for the arts and humanities disciplines has been cut viciously in recent years and obtaining funding is a daunting prospect for those attempting to progress from undergraduate study to research. As anyone who has studied at St Edmund’s will understand, after completing my MPhil here last year I did not want to leave. Without the Luzio Scholarship this would have been forced upon me. The scholarship took away the worry of paying for fees and accommodation, which are realities for research students and are especially prohibitive to those wishing to undertake doctorates.
Cambridge is widely recognised as one of, if not the, best place to read History in the world and the expertise of my research supervisor would have been impossible to find elsewhere. I am therefore wholly indebted to the scholarship for enabling me to stay in Cambridge to carry out the research, which I believe to be important, with an irreplaceable supervisor, at the College I love.”
The College funds bursaries for graduate students and affiliated/mature undergraduates, to ensure that we can attract high calibre students from all backgrounds. Donations to our Annual Student Support Fund are used directly to support these student Bursaries and Scholarships. In addition we would like to increase the endowment, income from which ensures that all of our students are able to benefit fully from their time in Cambridge.
Student Support Case Study:
Duke of Edinburgh Scholarships
The Duke of Edinburgh Scholarships for overseas students are partly funded by a generous monthly donation from Jonathan Mitchell, an alumnus of the College. Jonathan has pledged a monthly commitment for ten years, together with Gift Aid, which is then doubled by match funding from the Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust. To find out more about how you too could help the College in this way, please contact the Development Office.