UCL Scholarships and funding


Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust Scholarship

The Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust’s vision is to contribute to a tolerant and inclusive society in which people of all ethnicities, religions and cultures live together with mutual respect.

Key information

Value: £12,500 per year (for up to 3 years)
Available to: Prospective and current students
Selection criteria: Academic merit and research potential
Eligible fee status: UK, EU, Overseas
Eligible programmes: Full-time research degrees
Additional eligibility criteria: Studying the nature of religious, racial and/or cultural intolerance
Deadline: 27 March 2020

One scholarship is available for 2020/21 entry. This will be awarded to an eligible student who holds an offer to study at UCL and who plans to explore the nature of religious, racial and/or cultural intolerance and to find ways of combating them.

The Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust’s vision is to contribute to a tolerant and inclusive society in which people of all ethnicities, religions and cultures live together with mutual understanding and respect. Following its founder’s wishes, the Trust supports postgraduate researchers at UK universities. For more information about the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust please see bonnart.org.


Applicants must be:

  • prospective MPhil/PhD offer holder – home / EU or overseas OR
  • current student admitted for full-time PhD research in any department of UCL
  • intending to pursue research relevant to the aim of the scholarship.

Value, benefits, and duration

The value of the award is £12,500 per year, tenable for years 1, 2 and 3 of an MPhil/PhD programme, subject to annual renewal. This award can be used as a stipend or towards tuition fees. The award can be combined with a doctoral loan from Student Finance England or other loans, scholarships, or research awards as long as the combined value does not exceed the research income cap of £26,057 per year in addition to tuition fees.

The scholar will join a network of Bonnart-Braunthal Trust scholars and be expected to take part in the Trust’s wider programme of activities as well as produce a Braunthal Report on completion of the research which will represent an Executive Summary of findings. The scholar will have access to a professional editor in the production of this report and will be awarded an additional £500 on completion. 


There is a combined selection by UCL academics for the research schemes. This selection panel will make the final decision on successful candidates based on academic excellence and research potential. Financial circumstances are not taken into account.

How to apply

In order to apply for the scholarship, you must complete the following steps:

Submit your scholarship application documents to the Student Funding Office

The following instructions apply to both prospective and current students.

You must provide all of the following:

  • CV – Please make sure your CV is up to date and lists all publications, past/current prizes, awards, and scholarships.
  • A lay summary of your research proposal, on a Word or PDF document (max. 200 words).  Please describe clearly – in language which can be understood by academics from any discipline – the aim of your research, the methodology you will use and the potential significance of this study to the FBB Trust’s aim of supporting research that explores the nature of religious, racial and cultural prejudices and finds ways of combating them. It is extremely important that you pay attention to this summary and write in as clear language as possible as it will affect the outcome of your application.  You must write your own proposal, not your supervisor or any other member of academic department staff.
  • Academic transcripts - Please ensure that each academic transcript submitted includes clarification on the grading scale/range of grades possible for that degree.
  • 2 References

Reference 1: this should relate to your most recently completed university programme/degree (or the one you intend to complete, if applicable) and can be the same referee who submitted a reference as part of your admission application. Please use this

Reference 2: this should relate to your current or intended research programme/project, for which you are seeking funding. This reference MUST be provided by your research supervisor at UCL. If you are a prospective student and your supervisor has not yet been allocated, please contact your department to confirm who your UCL supervisor will be. You should consult your research supervisor about your application to this scholarship for their advice on developing your lay summary of research proposal. Please use this


Completed applications and your references must be received by the UCL Student Funding Office no later than 27 March 2020

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Your scholarship application MUST be complete to be valid. We will not inform you whether your application has been received, whether it is complete, nor contact you for missing documents. Incomplete applications are invalid and will not be processed. For guidance about how to submit your application, please read our 

Completed applications should sent to the Student Funding Office.


A selection panel formed of UCL academics and the FBB Trust will meet in late April/mid- May to make the scholarship decision.

The scholar will be required to report annually in writing to the Trustees of the scholarship to ensure that the focus on the practical impact of the research is maintained.