Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Funding opportunity for postgraduate Humanities and Social Sciences students

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Funding sources

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer the de Rohan Scholarship to one full or part-time student studying the MA Creative Writing, MA English, MA History, or MA by Research in the History of Art for September 2017 entry.

The scholarship will provide a £7,000 payment towards the costs of your tuition fees and will be awarded on the basis of a personal statement

The de Rohan Scholarship is gifted by the de Rohan family in memoriam of their family members who met and fell in love whilst studying at Oxford Brookes.

Margaret de Rohan writes: “In 2006, at the time of the heroic ‘Bike to the Future' venture undertaken by Graham Upton (former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University), my husband, Maurice, and I pledged £5,000 for an Oxford Brookes postgraduate scholarship for one year if Graham successfully completed his ride. And, of course, being the man he is, he did. Thus The Alison and Francis Gaillard Scholarship was born.

Named for Alison (nee de Rohan) and Francis Gaillard, who  met and fell in love while reading for their BA degrees at Oxford Polytechnic in the early 1980s. They married in September 1985 and had their honeymoon in the Greek Islands. A year later they returned to Greece to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

A few months later - on 6 March 1987 - after a day trip to Bruges to see some of the art treasures there, they died together, within sight of Zeebrugge harbour, when 'The Herald of Free Enterprise' ferry capsized and sank in less than three minutes. One hundred and ninety one other people also died that tragic day.

In early November 2005, my husband, Maurice, was diagnosed with cancer. Despite a major operation and six months of chemo-therapy, he lost his valiant fight on 5 October 2006, and once again our family suffered a devastating loss.

But out of tragedy, good can often flow. It is now my great pleasure to establish a new postgraduate Scholarship - 'The de Rohan Scholarship' - in memory of Alison, Francis and Maurice - which will provide one postgraduate Scholarship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for one of the M.A. courses in Creative Writing, English or History."

The closing date for applications for the scholarship is 26 June 2017. Please note applications will only be accepted from students who have already been made a conditional or unconditional offer by Oxford Brookes University.