Sir Edwin Chadwick

[Sir Edwin Chadwick]

Who to contact

Secretary to the Chadwick Trust

Academic Services
University College London
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT

The Chadwick Trust

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Travelling fellowships and scholarships


Awarded annually to undergraduate students registered at UCL at the time the Scholarship is utilised.


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.

Funding available

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
  • £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.

Regrettably, the Trustees are able to fund only a relatively small proportion of applications. In 2015, the success rate of Fellowship applications was 20%. No travelling scholarships were awarded.

Information for applicants

Deadline for applications – Friday 29 January 2016

All applications and project proposals should demonstrate their relevance to the aims and objectives of the Trust.

Students should also demonstrate the contribution of the research to their programme of study.

Trustees are unable to consider retrospective applications.

Guidance notes for further details
Examples of projects funded by the Trust

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Information on Sir Edwin Chadwick

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 1890, 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.

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:

    1. 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;
    2. To manage and administer the property of the Chadwick Trust;
    3. 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.

Current membership of the Chadwick Trust Management Committee

  • Professor Bob Breach, Water Quality and Environmental Consultancy (Chair)
  • Dr Sarah Bell, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL
  • Professor David J. Bradley, Professor of Tropical Hygiene, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Brian McCloskey, Health Protection Agency
  • Dr Sarah Price, Islington Primary Care Trust
  • Dr Pam Sonnenberg, Division of Population Health, UCL
  • Professor Nick 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.

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.    

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