Nicola Anderson Memorial Bursary
Funding available for student projects in developing countries
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 African countries . Her mother and sisters set up the Nicola Anderson Memorial Bursary in order to enable other students to experience something of the people and continent of Africa, which Nicola so greatly appreciated and enjoyed. With the agreement of the Anderson family, the bursary is now available for students who want to undertake a project in any developing country.
Who can apply?
The bursary is open to any student in their current second year in subjects in the School of Global Studies (Anthropology, International Relations, Geography and Development Studies). Students will normally apply as individuals, although they may apply as a pair or small group.
What sort of project is funded?
The bursary can be used for projects taking place in the summer vacation between students’ second and third year. Projects might take the form of research or work in the context of an existing organisation. If students undertake a research project, this cannot directly contribute to their formal assessment. Examples of earlier projects include:
- Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation
- Research into fertiliser use in Tanzania
- Football and AIDs education in Zanzibar
- Chef training in India
How do selectors decide which project to fund?
Selection will be made by a panel of faculty members. Selectors will draw up a shortlist, based on application forms. You will need to explain the project and purpose of the visit and the likely outcomes and also include 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.
In the selection process, particular attention will be given to three aspects: the quality of the project; its feasibility; and value for money. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to make a presentation to selectors and members of the Anderson family. The panel will make their decision based on both the application forms and these presentations.
How much money is available?
The annual fund is generally between £2000-£3000. The panel will decide on who will receive the grant or grants and on the precise amounts.
How do I apply?
Application forms are available from the link below or from Trudy Cadman, International Development Co-ordinator, room C168. Forms should be returned to Trudy Cadman by email; firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 11th February 2013