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Second Douglas Johnson Scholarship to be awarded in 2019

30 October 2018

UCL Alumnus donates a fully-funded scholarship that will pay fees and maintenance for one new undergraduate throughout their BA course.

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Thanks to the generous gift of an alumnus, UCL History are happy to announce the availability of a second Douglas Johnson Scholarship in 2019. The Douglas Johnson is the history department’s first fully-funded scholarship, covering tuition fees and maintenance payments for its recipient for the duration of their undergraduate course.

First awarded in 2016, the scholarship honours the work of Professor Douglas Johnson (1925-2005). An eminent historian of France, Douglas became known particularly for his work on the twentieth-century statesman Charles de Gaulle, as well as his public commentary and contribution to furthering Franco-British understanding. He joined UCL in 1968 as Professor of French History and remained at the university until his retirement in 1990, serving not only as Head of Department but also as Dean of Arts. The French government recognised Douglas’s achievements in 1990 by appointing him Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur and promoting him to Officier in 1997.

The Douglas Johnson Scholarship will be offered to one UK or EU undergraduate taking up their place at UCL History in September 2019. It is available to students on any of our BA programmes (BA History, BA Ancient History, BA History with a European Language, or BA History with a Year Abroad) and will be awarded on the basis of financial need. 

Eleanor Robson, UCL History’s head of department, said: “I'm delighted to be offering the Douglas Johnson Scholarship again this year, in memory of a beloved teacher, a great head of department and eminent historian of the Franco-British relationship. It forges a deep and meaningful connection between the department’s past and its future by opening our doors to the most talented students, regardless of means. It represents the very best of alumni support.”

Scholarships and bursaries are a fundraising priority for UCL’s biggest ever philanthropic fundraising campaign - It’s All Academic. UCL’s ideas and discoveries are shaping the future, improving lives and having a massive impact on London and the wider world. The Campaign for UCL will build a stronger worldwide network for students and alumni that will keep alumni connected to UCL. To find out more about how scholarships and bursaries are transforming student’s lives click here.

Applications to the scholarship can be made through the UCL Student Funding Office. Prospective candidates should keep an eye on the Scholarship Finder (which should be updated shortly for 2019/20) or UCL History website, which will be updated with a direct link to the application once it becomes available.