Established in 2002 for the specific purpose of funding postgraduate students in the arts and sciences, the Amar-Franses and Foster-Jenkins Trust generously makes annual awards for postgraduate botanical research via Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarships. Awards are given either for academic fees or for the cost of carrying out research projects. While there is no restriction on the nature of the projects undertaken, they must be part of the applicant’s postgraduate qualification work and support Kew’s Science Strategy. Applicants must be currently enrolled on an MSc or PhD course in order to be eligible for the award, and unfortunately post-doctorate research is not eligible for the Scholarship.
The 2018 call for applications has now closed, and 2019 applications will open in October 2018.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have a viable postgraduate project that furthers the mission of Kew Science: to document and understand global plant and fungal diversity and its uses, bringing authoritative expertise to bear on the critical challenges facing humanity today. The Trust is particularly keen to encourage applicants who are finding it difficult to secure funding from other sources and in a position where a grant would make a significant contribution to their studies. Kew scientists will need the support of their line manager or head of department. Other applicants must also have the support of a Kew scientist.
Maximum grant size is £3,000.
The Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarships are administered by the Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens.