The IES Sambrook Appeal, named in honour of the life and work of Keith Sambrook, aims to raise and disburse vital funds in support of the next generation of IES students and scholars. This support allows us to attract the best and brightest students to the Institute, regardless of their personal or financial circumstances.

The University of London, of which IES is a part, was established to promote access to education for those who would otherwise be unable to access it. Today, we continue this mission in the name of Keith Sambrook who established the Sambrook Fund by generously waiving his teaching fees and redirecting them to support students.

The remaining scholarship and bursary funds available through the Sambrook Fund will be fully spent by the end of the 2020-21 academic year. As a result, we are reaching out to our valued community of alumni and friends to ask for your support in ensuring that Keith’s legacy can continue.

In 2019/20, three times as many students applied for Sambrook scholarships as there were scholarships available, demonstrating a clear need for scholarship funding at the Institute.


How your support can make a difference

  • £600 (or £10 per month) could provide a bursary to enable a student to attend the Institute’s London Rare Book School.
  • £1,000 (or £16.67 per month) could provide a hardship grant to allow a student to complete their studies despite experiencing financial difficulties.
  • £1,000 (or £16.67 per month) could allow an IES student to travel outside of London to undertake vital research through a student travel grant.
  • £1,500 (or £25.00 per month) could provide post-doctoral visiting fellowship support.
  • £6,000 (or £100.00 per month) could provide an MA scholarship and ensure IES can admit the best and brightest students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

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As a full-time international student, the Sambrook Fund studentship covered half of my tuition, significantly defraying the cost of moving to and living in London. Living in London is an extraordinary experience, one that I cherish, but it is immensely expensive, and the scholarship allowed me to dedicate more of my resources to living in (relatively) affordable housing a few neighbourhoods from Senate House. I considered other graduate programs in more affordable cities, and receiving the studentship made moving to London for study more feasible. I am very grateful for the award and the affordances it gave me.

Shira Buschbaum - Sambrook Fund scholarship recipient  



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