Chemistry: Next Generation Studentships

Chemistry: Next Generation Studentships

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The Department of Chemistry’s Next Generation Studentships programme offers full scholarships to the brightest young people who don't qualify for other scholarships, which are increasingly restricted to particular areas of research or specific groups of students.

We want to give these students a chance to pursue their original ideas without regard to their ability to pay, and without being limited to currently fashionable research areas. In other words, we want to sponsor the best and brightest students to pursue excellence in research. 

We also share studentships with Selwyn, Robinson and Jesus Colleges, and welcome opportunities to develop more College-linked studentships.

Charanee Galabada Payagalage

Case study: Charanee Galabada Payagalage

PhD candidate
Clarke Group, BP Institute

Charanee started her PhD in 2013 in Surface Chemistry, specifically focusing on the absorption of different molecules onto different substrates (metals/clays) from oil-based solutions.  Charanee’s Cambridge Trust-Cambridge International Scholarship was her only opportunity to secure funding as a student from Sri Lanka.  She has found the Department a warm and friendly place with plenty of research opportunities in her chosen field.

Samuel Kim

Case study: Samuel Kim

Chin Group at the MRC
Laboratory of Molecular Biology

The opportunity for Samuel to be supported by a Gates-Cambridge scholarship has opened up doors for him to pursue his interests in genetic research.  The Department’s relationships with institutes such as the Laboratory of Molecular Biology mean that Samuel is in the right place to focus on developing a novel method to engineer the genome in a more rapid and accurate manner than the current methods. 

Simon Williams

Case study: Simon Williams

PhD candidate (2011-2015)
Paterson Group

After completing his undergraduate studies, Simon received a Todd-Raphael scholarship from the Department to fund half the cost of his PhD. Simon thinks that: "the Department has the best laboratory in the country to do total synthesis of such complex targets, and the sheer knowledge of the people I meet and work with makes for a highly stimulating environment to learn and do research."  Simon’s PhD research in organic chemistry was in natural product total synthesis and he is continuing his postdoctoral research in the Department.  

Next steps

  • A gift of £150,000 will support one PhD Studentship in Chemistry, which covers all University fees and living expenses for three to four years 
  • A gift of £800,000 will create a permanent endowment fund to fund one new PhD Studentship every three to four years 
  • Partial sponsorship is also welcome, and will go toward a scholarship fund

To discuss your philanthropic goals or explore opportunities for collaborative investment, please contact me.

Josh Bowerman

Senior Associate Director – School of Physical Sciences

+44 (0)1223 760146

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