Eurofins Foundation’s donation to support students facing hardship

The Cambridge Trust is delighted to have received a donation from the Eurofins Foundation to help support postgraduate students facing financial hardship, particularly those in the Life Sciences.

The newly-created 'Eurofins Bursary and Student Hardship Fund' will provide much-needed funding for students who need to extend their studies for 3-6 months in order to complete their dissertation or thesis, addressing a pressing need brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and helping students who would otherwise lack sufficient financial resources to complete their studies successfully.

The Fund, which will also provide travel bursaries to allow Master’s and PhD students to conduct essential research away from Cambridge, will particularly seek to support students undertaking research in the fields of cancer and crop science, in line with the Foundation’s objectives of improving health and nutrition.

The Eurofins Foundation was established in 2019 and its objectives have been proposed based on the existing commitments of the global Eurofins’ community: contributing to global health and safety and protecting the environment.  The Foundation is committed to supporting students who study or carry out research in fields aiming at contributing to safer and healthier lives but who lack sufficient financial resources.

Talking about the donation, Helen Pennant, Director of the Cambridge Trust, said “In these times of economic difficulty, we have seen a dramatic increase in need for additional financial support for students, so the support of the Eurofins Foundation is timely and deeply appreciated. This can make the difference between completing postgraduate study or not for students whose studies and research have been set back by the Covid-19 pandemic, by allowing research students extra time and funds to complete their dissertations.”

Dr. Gilles Martin, Eurofins Chief Executive Officer, says “Eurofins Foundation is thrilled to be supporting talented students from one of the world’s leading educational and research institutions, whose work in the field of life science can contribute positively to advancing health for all."