New scholarships named in honour of King's Principal

King’s College London is to create 28 ‘Professor Sir Richard Trainor Scholarships’ in acknowledgement of the Principal who has left the College after ten years.

A gift of £1.25 million to the College from an anonymous donor from Singapore will fund the 28 PhD scholarships for students working in fields that are close to the Principal’s own interests and that reflect his long-standing passion for public engagement.

The donation will allow King’s to support interdisciplinary research across thematic areas covering Social Science and Public Policy, Arts & Humanities and the Natural and Mathematical Sciences, with a focus on research that prioritises partnership and Professor Trainor’s commitment to service to society.

To ensure that the College’s work reaches those who need it most, King’s will work with partner institutions in culture, policy and commerce to create innovative projects for 28 PhD students over three years.

Studentships will be open to UK, EU and international applicants who will work together on themes such as cultural heritage, leadership and global governance as well as on distinctive scientific problems and methods and areas such as medical humanities and digital humanities.

This unique approach will be a reflection of Professor Trainor’s own scholarship and his careful nurturing of cross-boundary working at King’s.

Professor Trainor said: ‘I am deeply honoured that my name will be given to these generous scholarships that will support King’s PhD students of the future. Through this gift, I will continue to have a link to King’s College London and to the scholarly excellence that it represents.’

The first tranche of scholarships will be awarded in 2015.