The Courtauld Scholarship Fund
Where merit and need come hand in hand
For Maya Lall, an MA student in History of Dress, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Scholarship was both an award for her exceptional academic ability and talent and a crucial help in a very difficult financial situation.
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Scholarships funded by our supporters launch careers. Per Rumberg, a current PhD student, was recently appointed Harry E. Weinrebe Curatorial Assistant at The National Gallery in London. Both as an MA and as a PhD student, Per was supported by the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation and later with a three-year scholarship funded by The Friends of The Courtauld. “Neither my research nor my further activities, would have been possible without The Courtauld Friends’ most generous support”
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Margarita Oganesian is the first MA student at The Courtauld to be awarded the Olga Lopukhova scholarship from the Moscow-based VICTORIA — The Art of Being Contemporary foundation. Her scholarship is named after Olga Lopukhova, a legendary art curator who remains a landmark figure on the Russian art scene and a symbol of faith in the future of contemporary art. The Olga Lopukhova scholarship opens The Courtauld’s world-class training to the young Russian art historians and aims to help them develop an international perspective and attain a professional, creative, productive and socially relevant dimension to apply to their future work on the Russian art scene.
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A vote of confidence
Scholarship is an honour and an important stimulus. When you are 21 and have just arrived in London, to study at the world leading centre of art history next to the brightest peers, questioning your ability is only natural.
“I consider myself very fortunate indeed to have been awarded a scholarship for my MA year. This made all the difference, alleviating me of financial worries and allowing me the freedom to pursue my studies. However, as highly important as the financial aspect is, it does not fully describe how I have benefitted. The award of a scholarship seemed to me a vote of confidence, showing me that people believed in my abilities and potential, and this in turn gave me the vital confidence I needed and subsequently relied upon throughout the year.”
"The scholarship has been incredibly important in making my studies possible. It really clinched the decision to go back to university – though very keen to do this I had been hesitating over the question of funding – and enabled me to devote more time to studying and making the most of Courtauld’s resources and opportunities. The support shown to me gave me a greater faith in my academic skills and my ability to achieve an MA, for which I am extremely grateful. "
"Receiving this scholarship has motivated me to excel in my degree and enabled me to concentrate more on the coursework without having to worry about finances. I thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals, and for allowing me the opportunity to attend such a fine institution. I do hope that one day I will be able to make as significant difference to someone’s life, as you have to mine. "
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