Building on its history of support for chemistry at Cambridge, the Walters-Kundert Charitable Trust has now established a permanent fund for future generations of early career chemists.
The Walters-Kundert endowment will support the Walters-Kundert Next Generation Fellowship, which will help post-doctoral researchers to kick-start their careers, as well as a chemistry graduate studentship at Selwyn College. It also provides long-term support for the Department’s outreach programme. Inspired by the memory of Eric Walters, a Cambridge Chemistry graduate and alumnus of Selwyn, the gift honours Eric’s relationship with both his Department and his College.
This funding will have a transformational impact on research, making it possible to realise pioneering ideas more quickly.
Professor John Pyle, Head of the Department of Chemistry
Supporting early career chemists
“The Walters-Kundert endowment will offer core funding for early career chemists, allowing for flexibility in the research they undertake and real opportunities for blue sky thinking. This funding will have a transformational impact on research, making it possible to realise pioneering ideas more quickly. It will also allow the Department to attract talented young researchers from across the world, creating an environment where the best and brightest minds of the next generation can flourish,” says Professor John Pyle, Head of the Department of Chemistry.
The Department’s outreach programme aims to involve young people in chemistry through events including the annual Chemistry Open Day, featuring interactive experiments such as ‘Making your own power plant out of fruit’. The Walters-Kundert endowment will therefore offer inspiration and support for future generations of chemists from childhood through to professional life.
Next Generation Fellowships support early-career Research Fellows and Lecturers with start-up grants during the crucial first years of their posts, giving them time to build up their own research groups and profiles so that they can subsequently attract research grants.