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Wingate Scholarships

Wingate Scholarships are awarded to individuals of great potential or proven excellence who need financial support to undertake creative or original work of intellectual, scientific, artistic, social, or environmental value, and to outstandingly talented musicians for advanced training.

They are designed to help with the costs of a specific project which may last up to three years. The average total award is £6,500 and the maximum in any one year is £10,000. The Scholarship Committee welcomes applications from more mature students and those from non-traditional academic backgrounds. Wingate Scholarships attempts provide funding for cross-disciplinary projects that might not fall comfortably into any of the conventional funding categories. The Scholarships Committee may consider the personal circumstances of a candidate as well as the excellence of a project.

The work to be undertaken may or may not be in the context of a higher degree. Awards are not made for taught courses, including those at fine art, fine art photography, drama, dance, theatre and media studies or business schools, for courses leading to professional qualifications, or for electives. Wingate Scholarships are not offered in fine art. Those engaged in craft, art history or other related design research are, however, eligible to apply.

Applicants must be:

(a) able to satisfy the Scholarship Committee that they need financial support to undertake the work projected;
(b) able to show why the project (if it takes the form of academic research) is unlikely to attract Research Council, British Academy, or major agency funding;
(c) citizens of the United Kingdom or other Commonwealth country, Ireland or Israel; or of another EU country provided that they have been resident in the United Kingdom at least three years;
(d) living in the British Isles during the period of application;
(e) twenty-four or over on 1 September 2006.

Application materials cannot be sent out in response to emails but, after September 15, materials may be obtained by sending a large self-addressed A4 envelope with a 45p stamp to The Administrator, Wingate Scholarships, 20-22 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LR, or downloaded from http://www.wingate.org.uk/. Completed forms can be accepted after 1 October 2005, but not, in any circumstances, by e-mail. The closing date for applications is 1 February 2006. The Scholarship Committee will conduct interviews of short-listed candidates in May and results will be announced in late June.

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Cambridge University Reporter 11 November 2005
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