The Henry Lester Trust

The Henry Lester Trust Limited, named after Henry Lester who spent most of his life in Shanghai and who died there in 1926, is able to consider 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 there is no formal application form and, therefore, all applications for a grant must be made in writing to the address below. Applications must include the formal written support of the applicant's professor or head of department, 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 norm for a grant is £3,500. The calculation of the amount sought is 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.

Provided all the necessary information is given, applications are usually processed within 5 weeks and, if approved, the appropriate cheque, which will normally be payable to the university or research establishment, sent to the person supporting the application. A grant is given for one year only although a re-application, supported by the professor or head of department, may be made at the appropriate time.

Applications will only be considered on the above basis and applicants should in no way assume that an application submitted will receive a grant.

Information for Applicants

For further information please contact:

The Henry Lester Trust Limited

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

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