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Supporting graduate students with their studies
Our graduate students are tomorrow's innovators and leaders. Your philanthropy allows them the freedom to concentrate on their studies, challenge the status quo and find ways to make the world work better. Here are two examples of how your gifts support graduate students.
Preparing the next generation of theologians
A new studentship fund for postgraduates in New Testament studies has been established at the Faculty of Divinity with a donation from the Kirby Laing Foundation, a grant-making foundation with evangelical Christian roots that supports a range of causes including: promotion of the evangelical Christian faith, education, medical research, and social and medical welfare projects.
The fund complements an earlier gift made by the Kirby Laing Foundation in 2007 to secure the future of the Lady Margaret Professorship in Divinity, the oldest Chair in the University, which was founded in 1502 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII. Professor Judith Lieu FBA, the current Lady Margaret Professor, says: “We shall now be able to offer full funding to the best MPhil or PhD applicants in need of support, either from home or overseas, to cover both their fees and living costs. New Testament studies at Cambridge has an international reputation for its breadth and for the excellence of its scholarship and research supervision. We expect keen interest in the Kirby Laing Graduate Studentships.”
The Kirby Laing scholars will become part of Cambridge’s diverse research community. They will have the opportunity to develop their ideas as well as draw on each other’s expertise, and that of world class academics, to foster creative and innovative approaches to biblical studies that will prepare them to be the future generation of leading theologians, scholars and thinkers in their fields.
Engaging with Africa
Three Standard Bank Derek Cooper Scholarships at Magdalene College are awarded each year to outstanding African students undertaking taught master’s courses. Named in honour of the former chairman of the Standard Bank Group, the scholarships build on the strong tradition of engagement with Africa at Magdalene. The College was delighted when Dr Nelson Mandela accepted his Honorary Fellowship in 2001 in recognition of its ongoing Mandela Magdalene scholarship programme, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015.
Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, said: “We are delighted that Standard Bank is demonstrating its commitment to African students in this way, and look forward enormously to future co-operation in helping students from a wide variety of African nations equip themselves more fully to play a transformative role for good in their societies, building up the prosperity, stability and well-being of the whole continent.”