The Henry Lester Trust Limited, named after Henry Lester who spent most of his life in Shanghai and who died there in 1926, considers applications for a grant from those who meet the following conditions:

  • Citizenship of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Studying at a United Kingdom university or research establishment at postgraduate level or higher.
  • Studying or researching in the subject areas of architecture (to include civic planning, construction management, etc), medicine, computer development, and mechanical sciences.
  • Formal written support of the applicant’s professor, head of department or similar senior person.
  • The applicant will return to China.
  • The knowledge and skill obtained will be for the benefit of the people of China generally.

No grants are given for study or research outside the United Kingdom or for seminars or conferences

At the current time all applications for a grant must be made by email to [email protected]. Applications must include the formal written support of the applicant’s professor or head of department (on official headed paper), full details of the course or area of research, a detailed CV, a calculation of the amount sought, and an indication of the intention to return to China in due course.

The current maximum grant in any one year is £3,500 in any one year and the calculation of the amount sought should set out details of both expected income (own/family contribution, scholarships and grants, fee waivers, etc.) and expenditure (fees, materials, travel, living expenses, etc). If the shortfall between the two figures is significantly greater than our current norm then an explanation of how this is to be covered, for instance by an application to another funding body, should be given.

Completed applications are required by the 15th of the following months: October, January, April and June. In exceptional circumstances, applications can be considered at any time.

For further information please contact:

The Barn House, Lees Hill, South Warnborough, Hook, Hants, RG29 1RQ

[email protected]

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

15th October, January, April and June.

Please see our website for how to apply:
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