Sir Edwin Chadwick

[Sir Edwin Chadwick]


Who to contact

Miss Nafisa Wagley, Secretary to the Chadwick Trust

Academic Services
University College London
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8878
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 8595
Email: n.wagley@ucl.ac.uk


The Chadwick Trust

Academic Services contact for initial enquiries - Nafisa Wagley

The deadline for applications for the 2015  fellowships (graduate) and scholarships (undergraduate) is Friday 13 February 2015.

Please note that due to a rise in the number of applicants in recent years, the Trustees are regrettably able to fund only a relatively small proportion of applications. In 2014 the success rate for the Fellowships was approximately 9.5%.



Born in January 1800, Sir Edwin Chadwick was a leading 19th century English social reformer. For many years an assistant to Jeremy Bentham, Chadwick applied Bentham's utilitarianism to the reform of the Poor Law (1834) and to the development of public health measures, particularly in his Report on the Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Population (1842). He was largely responsible for the passage of the Public Health Act of 1848, which established a board of health. Following his death in July 1980, his work was carried on through the Chadwick Trust, provision for which had been made in his will. Further information on the life and achievements of Public Health Pioneer and UCL Benefactor, Sir Edwin Chadwick, can be found by visiting the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering web pages.

The Chadwick Trust was set up in 1895 under the provisions of the will of Sir Edwin Chadwick to promote research into public health engineering. UCL is the Chadwick Trustee, and its affairs are managed by a Committee appointed by UCL (the Chadwick Trust Management Committee (CTMC)). Among the statements of the original Trust deed is that the Trustees may use the income from the Trust Fund for the purpose of providing annual scholarships (undergraduate) and fellowships (postgraduate taught / research) for the encouragement of the study of Sanitary Science (a term which is interpreted today by the phrase Public Health particularly in relation to sanitation and water). The Trust's objective is to encourage students in the study of public health, including engineering and environmental aspects relevant to water and sanitation issues.

Chadwick Trust Management Committee

In accordance with the Scheme for the Charity and on behalf of UCL as trustee, the Chadwick Trust Management Committee is charged:

(i) To promote the objects to which the funds of the Chadwick Trust and its income are to be applied as laid down in the Trust Deed and to determine policy for the fulfilment of those objects;

(ii) To manage and administer the property of the Chadwick Trust;

(iii) To make such regulations as may be necessary for the management of the Charity and for the conduct of its business.

The Trust awards travelling funds annually to students of UCL or the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to enable them to visit, investigate and report on a current public health problem. The Trust also awards certificates and prizes to students at the above institutions who have shown exceptional merit in subjects within the Trust scheme. Once in every five years the Trust may also make an award to an officer of the Navy, Army or Air Force Medical Services who has especially assisted in the promotion of the health of the armed forces.

The current membership of the Chadwick Trust Management Committee is as follows:

· Professor B Breach, Water Quality and Environmental Consultancy (Chair)

· Dr S Bell, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL

· Professor D J Bradley, Professor of Tropical Hygiene, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

· Dr B McCloskey, Health Protection Agency

· Dr S Price, Islington Primary Care Trust

· Dr P Sonnenberg, Division of Population Health, UCL

· Professor N Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL

· Dr Jeroen Ensink, Department of Disease Control, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Chadwick Travelling Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate students registered at UCL at the time the Scholarship is utilised.

Fellowships are awarded annually to any postgraduate student at UCL or the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine registered at the time the Fellowship is utilised.

Student proposals and requests for funding from the Trust should not exceed the maximum thresholds of £5,000 for MPhil/PhD students, £2,500 for Masters students and £1,250 for undergraduate students. Due to the limited nature of the funds available, the final amount awarded to successful project proposals is at the discretion of the Trustees and may be less than that initially requested. All applications and project proposals submitted to the Chadwick Trust should demonstrate how they are relevant to the aims and objectives of the Trust. Students should also demonstrate how the research is relevant and contributes to their programme of study.

The Trustees are unable to consider retrospective applications.

Abstracts of a selection of projects funded by the Trust (pdf).

Other awards made by the Trust

Chadwick Certificate and Prize

Awarded annually to an undergraduate of UCL for outstanding merit in the B.Eng examinations with special reference to excellence in Public Health Engineering.

Chadwick Military Prize and Medal

Awarded every five years to an Officer of the Armed Forces who has, in the preceding five years, especially assisted in promoting the health of personnel in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

Chadwick Certificate and Prize for Preventive Medicine

Awarded annually to the most proficient student in the final MBBS examinations in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL.

Chadwick and Allen Daley Prize

Awarded annually for outstanding merit in the MSc degree in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.