School of Global Studies

Nicola Anderson Memorial Bursary

Nicola Anderson started as an undergraduate student at the University of Sussex in October 1975, studying Social Anthropology in the School of African and Asian Studies (AFRAS). A student with great promise, she became ill with cancer at the end of her second academic year and died in January 1978.

Nicola was born in Ghana and lived or travelled in many other countries in Africa. Her mother and sisters set up the Nicola Anderson Memorial Bursary in order to enable other students to experience something of the continent that meant so much to Nicola. While preference will still therefore normally be given to applicants who want to travel to Africa, applications to other parts of the world are also encouraged and have been supported in the past.

What sort of project is funded?

It is expected that the bursary will be used for specific projects taking place in the summer vacation between students’ second and third year. Such projects might be connected with a student’s course of study, for example to undertake fieldwork for a thesis, or be part of some other research or development project.

Examples of earlier projects include:

  • Research into fertiliser use in Tanzania
  • Football and AIDs education in Zanzibar
  • Chef training in India

Who can apply?

The bursary is open to any Anthropology or International Development student in their current second year. Students will normally apply as individuals. They may also apply as a pair or in a small group.

How much money is available?

This year, the amount available is a little under £2000. The panel will decide on who will receive the grant or grants and on the precise amounts awarded.

How do selectors decide which project to fund?

Applicants must be able to justify their project and its likely outcomes and produce an estimated budget.  It is assumed that applicants will need to provide some money for themselves and be able to indicate how this will be raised. Selection will then be made by a panel of faculty members.

In the selection process, particular attention will be given to three aspects: the quality of the project, its feasibility, and its value for money. Shortlisted applicants may be asked to make a presentation to selectors and members of the Anderson family.

See also: Former Winners of the Nicola Anderson Memorial Bursary [PDF 200.91KB]



Application forms can be downloaded via the following link:

Nicola Anderson - Application form [DOCX]

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th March 2019.