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Berrow Foundation Scholarships

A generous gift from the late Marquis de Amodio provides for  the award of up to six scholarships each year to enable graduates of Swiss universities to undertake a course of advanced study at the University of Oxford as members of Lincoln College.  The four Berrow Foundation Scholarships  and two Berrow Foundation Lord Florey Scholarships cover all University and College fees, college accommodation costs and a generous living allowance.  They are tenable for up to three years.


The Marquis de Amodio (1909-2003)

The Marquis de Amodio (C.B.E., M.A., 1909-2003) provided for the creation of the Berrow Foundation Scholarships of Lincoln College to create further links at Oxford between Great Britain and Switzerland, a country he prized for its neutrality, philanthropy and hospitality. 

Educated at Stowe School and Lincoln College, Oxford, the Marquis de Amodio dedicated his life to public service and throughout his career supported many cultural, humanitarian and academic causes, which earned him various orders and distinctions. 

In recognition of his services to the relations between the United Kingdom and Switzerland, Her Majesty the Queen presented the Marquis de Amodio with a C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) on 13 February, 1996. 

Berrow Foundation Scholarships

Berrow Foundation Scholars may follow any course of study within the 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 Federale of Lausanne, or should not be more than five years beyond graduation from a first degree at one of these institutions (except for candidates in Medicine, for whom the five years limit dates from obtaining the Federal Diploma in Medicine).

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 (except for candidates in medicine, for whom the five years limit dates from obtaining the Federal Diploma in Medicine). 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.

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.   Lincoln College fully respects the Foundation's inability to fund such research. The College, however, welcomes applications from candidates interested in this or related areas of research, who are able to find financial support from other sources.

Application Process and Timetable: 

Application forms and further particulars for the Berrow Foundation Scholarships and Berrow Foundation Lord Florey Scholarships for Autumn 2017 entry may be downloaded here. Completed forms should be returned to Lincoln College not later than 20th January 2017.  If you have any queries please contact the Rector's Office,  Lincoln College, Oxford, OX1 3DR.

Applicants must also apply to the University of Oxford, by the same deadline,  to be admitted to the course of their choice. The Graduate Admissions Website has full details on how to apply and has a link to the University's online application system. 

Interviews for shortlisted candidates for the Berrow Foundation Scholarships are normally held in Geneva in April or May, and the results of the applications are made known soon after.


The Berrow Society

The Berrow Society was founded by Berrow Foundation Scholars on 23 December 1999 in Geneva, to promote contacts between present and past Berrow Foundation scholars at Lincoln.

British Embassy in Switzerland 

Swiss Embassy in Britain