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Why do we need your help?

Finding money to support students and keep our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes running is becoming increasingly difficult. The AHRC, one of the main funding sources for graduate students in German, has announced that it will cut the number of postgraduates it funds by 500 this year and by another 175 next year (read this article). As a field, German just does not have access to funds to make up for these cuts--which means that we are now in a situation where even the most exceptional applicants may be denied postgraduate funding. We need help from our alumni and friends to give outstanding graduate students the opportunity they deserve to study with us and to help postdoctoral fellows to take the next step up the career ladder.

What will we do with your support?

The Department has identified three priority areas for which it seeks funding:

1. Postgraduate Scholarships

2. MA-Scholarships

3. Postdoctoral Fellowships

1. Postgraduate Scholarships

A three-year postgraduate degree is a significant commitment for students, academically and also financially, particularly in London. The availability of scholarships helps attract the brightest and best to apply to UCL and then provides a welcome level of financial support for the successful scholar. The department would like to provide scholarships to outstanding candidates from UK/EU and overseas. The scholarships would be given to cover their fees for three years and provide a very useful additional amount towards their travel for research purposes.

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2. MA-Scholarships

Many of our brightest students who are interested in continuing for an advanced degree, such as an MA, come from less privileged backgrounds and are thus unable to self-fund MA study. Scholarships would be awarded to cover fees. 

3. Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowships are an invaluable first step on the academic ‘career ladder’ for scholars who have just completed their doctoral theses. Fellows are usually expected to focus on their first major publication or pursuing a field of research of importance to the department, as well as providing teaching within the department. This gives them the grounding to take up their first full-time academic posts.
The availability of postdoctoral fellowships will help the Department to attract the ‘next generation’ of outstanding scholars to UCL, those who have the potential to make a significant long-term contribution to teaching and researching in the field. 
The fellowships would be open to candidates, irrespective of their country of origin, from any field related to the Department's research interests. The department seeks support for one and two-year fellowships: the one-year fellowships would allow the fellow time to complete a first major publication, working with eminent and inspiring scholars in their field; the two-year fellowships would be to help build on existing national and international profiles in areas of special expertise designated by the Department.

Tax-Efficient Giving by Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, you may qualify for Gift Aid, which adds 25% to the value of your donation at no extra cost to you. This means that a £100 Gift Aid donation is effectively worth £125 to UCL.

Donor Recognition

The scholarships / fellowships can be named in any way that the donor wishes, subject to the agreement of the Department.
In appreciation of the support of all donors, UCL has a comprehensive stewardship programme which may include:
•    Regular updates on the progress of the scholar or fellow supported by your donation.
•    Invitation to meet with the scholar or fellow.
•    Acknowledgement of your support  in People magazine.
•    Invitations to UCL’s annual event for donors as well as to other key events in UCL’s calendar.
•    Various publications designed specifically for UCL donors.

Donor recognition will vary according to the size of the contribution.

Donation Options

For enquiries regarding endowment gifts for scholarships and fellowships within the German Department, please contact UCL's development and alumni relations office at development@ucl.ac.uk or on 020 3108 3804