The Funding will be provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
As a world-leading university, Cambridge seeks to bring together the most brilliant minds to freely interact, learn and discover. Its goal is to encourage and support the best people from around the world to work and study at the University. The new Blavatnik Fellowships offer an important addition in support of this aim.
The Fellowship programme, which will run for an initial period of five years, will be administered by the British Council in Israel which actively promotes academic and scientific exchange between Israel and the United Kingdom, and is warmly supportive of the initiative.
Fellows will receive an annual stipend of £30,000, and Fellowships will be tenable for up to two years. It is planned that there will be at least three Fellows appointed each year, although it is anticipated that this number may increase in future years.
The first three Fellows will research in the areas of Engineering, Genetics and Physics.
Potential Fellows are encouraged to apply to the programme by the British Council. Successful applicants are selected by a committee of senior academics.
Professor Eric Miska, the Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Genetics and Senior Group Leader at the Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge said:
“I am delighted to host a Blavatnik Fellow in my lab within the Gurdon Institute. Fellowships such as these enable the exchange of ideas and expertise that is the lifeblood of cutting-edge research. We’re deeply grateful to Leonard Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation for their support and hope to host many more fellows in the future.”
Mr Blavatnik, speaking on behalf of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, said: “I am very pleased to strengthen the Foundation’s existing links to Cambridge with this important initiative, which will serve the mutual interests of the University, the Israeli scientific community and those selected to be Blavatnik Fellows.”
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, said: “We are committed to enabling the very best people from around the world to come to Cambridge, to drive forward our pioneering research and address new questions. We are delighted that the generosity of Leonard Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation adds a further way in which we can support this ambition.”
A benefactor of the University of Cambridge, Leonard Blavatnik, has made a multi-million pound pledge to provide funding for Israeli scientists of outstanding ability to study in Cambridge.
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