The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarships were set up in memory of Christine Bolt, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Kent, and were generously funded by her late husband, Ian Bolt.
Scholarships of up to £10,000 each (to include tuition fees) will be offered for one year in support of a sustained period of research while in the USA. During this year the students must be registered on a full-time postgraduate degree by research at the University of Kent. In exceptional circumstances, the scholarship holders may be invited to re-apply for a further one year`s funding.
Scholarships are aimed at full-time postgraduate students whose area of research has an American element and/or where the centre of expertise or an important source of research material is located in the United States of America.
The purpose of the fund is to award scholarships to deserving students studying in the Faculty of Humanities or Social Sciences at the University of Kent to support a sustained period of research in America for up to one year. Preference will be given to students and to candidates who have not had the opportunity to live or study for an extended period of time in the USA.
The candidates must:
- Hold an excellent bachelor`s (1 or 2.1), or master`s degree (merit or distinction).
- Hold an offer of a place, or be a currently registered student, for a full-time postgraduate research degree at University of Kent for the following academic year in a humanities or social science based field
- Have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and be able to:
- explain their project clearly and without jargon to non-experts
- convey their passion for their project to a wider audience
- convince the panel of the project`s wider value
- act as "ambassador" for both the University and their subject
- The successful candidates will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, achievements to date in their chosen field and their communication skills.
- Be prepared to attend an interview in person at Canterbury on Monday 13 June 2011
Applications should include:
- Research proposal of approximately 2,000 words
- Covering letter stating the reasons why you wish to receive this scholarship
- Proposed buget showing use of scholarship funds
- Two academic references.
You are responsible for ensuring both references are sent to the Scholarships Unit by the deadline of 20 May 2011.
Please note that the University may contact your referee to verify the authenticity of any reference that they provide.
References should be supplied in English and should cover suitability of the student, on both academic and general grounds, to receive the Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarship
References must include
- Full name and status/title of referee
- Name, address and telephone number of their institution or place of work
- Details of referee`s relationship to the applicant
- Full name of the applicant,
- Reference to the Christine and Ian Bolt scholarship
Under the UK Data Protection Act 1998, references received by the University may be disclosed to the applicant Interviews for students who have been short-listed will be held on Monday 13th June 2011 at the University of Kent in Canterbury.
Please send applications and supporting documents either by post or email, by the deadline of Friday 20 May 2011, to:
Scholarships Unit, Admissions and Partnership Services, The Registry
University of Kent , Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ