A generous donation by the Marquis de Amodio provides for up to six Scholarships every year. The Scholarships were set up to create further links between Switzerland and Great Britain by allowing Swiss students to pursue fully funded postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford as members of Lincoln College. Each year, up to four Berrow Foundation Scholarships and two Berrow Foundation Lord Florey Scholarships are awarded. The Scholarships are tenable for up to three years and cover university tuition fees as well as a generous living allowance.
In the words of the Marquis:
Berrow Foundation Scholarships
Berrow Foundation Scholars may follow any course of study within Oxford University leading to the award of a higher degree. Candidates must be nationals of, and domiciled in, either Switzerland or Liechtenstein. They should currently be members of one of the following universities: Berne, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel or the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne, or should not be more than five years beyond graduation from a first degree at one of these institutions.
Berrow Foundation Lord Florey Scholarships
These scholarships are open to candidates of Swiss or Liechtenstein nationality, domiciled in either Switzerland or Liechtenstein, who are graduates from any Swiss university, including the ETHZ and the EPFL, and who must not be more than five years beyond graduation from their first degree at one of these institutions. They are intended for candidates accepted to read for a graduate degree in medical, chemical or biochemical sciences at Oxford University as members of Lincoln College. The successful candidates will also have access to a generous research fund to assist them to attend conferences at which they wish to present papers or posters.
A short biography of Lord Florey is available here.
The 2014 Berrow Foundation Lord Florey Scholarship information sheet is available here. Prospective candidates should note that research which involves the use of human embryos or their creation, including by cloning, or the use of human embryonic stem cells will NOT be funded by this Foundation.
In order to be considered for a Scholarship, candidates have to apply and be accepted by both Oxford University and Lincoln College.
The application procedure is done simultaneously for the relevant Scholarship, the University and College. The different completed forms should be submitted together to Lincoln College no later than January (see link below for exact date) for courses starting in October of the same year.
The 2014 application form can be downloaded here. Please also visit the Berrow section of the Lincoln College website for further information.
A selection committee of experts will evaluate the applications based on the candidates' achievements and establish a shortlist. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for an interview, usually taking place in May (applications of January the same year). Candidates should note that the committee will not only pay attention to scholastic achievement but also to qualities such as truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship. It will also look for moral force of character and the instincts to lead and take an interest in one's contemporaries. These attributes, which are partly inspired by those required by the Rhodes Trustees, reflect the aims of the Berrow Foundation.