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Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarships

The Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarships offers funding for postgraduate students to work on projects that will benefit Kew.

The scholarship

Established in 2002 for the specific purpose of funding post-graduate students in the arts and sciences, the Amar-Franses and Foster-Jenkins Trust generously makes annual awards for post graduate botanical research via Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarships. Awards are given either for academic fees or for the cost of carrying out research projects. While there is no restriction on the nature of the projects undertaken, they must be part of the applicant’s post graduate qualification work and support Kew’s aims.

Emily Holmes award winner Hassan Rankou
2014 Emily Holmes Scholarship award winner Hassan Rankou researching his doctorial project on the effect of climate change on Moroccan flora.

Last call for grant applications for the 2015 Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarships

This call is for applications in 2015. Kew botanists will need the support of their line manager or head of department. Other applicants must also have the support of a Kew botanist.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have a viable postgraduate botanic project that furthers the mission of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: 'Inspiring and delivering science based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life'. The Trust is particularly keen to encourage applicants who are finding it difficult to secure funding from other sources and in a position where a grant would make a significant contribution to their studies.

Grant applications must be made on the Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarship application form and sent to Michael Godfrey, Administrator, Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarships, HLAA, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB or at The closing date for applications is 31 January 2015. Applicants will learn whether they have been successful or not by 30 April 2015.

The Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarships are administered by the Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Registered Charity No. 803428.