The David and Elaine Potter Foundation

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is a charitable family foundation established in 1999 to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society.

It supports the ideals of a rational and humane world, and seeks to achieve an impact through grants that promote reason, education, and human rights, in the hope of improving mutual understanding, reinforcing good governance, and encouraging the growth and maintenance of a robust civil society, particularly in less developed countries. 

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation has been involved with the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) since a £2 million benefaction in 2008 led to the establishment of the David and Elaine Potter Lectureship in Governance and Human Rights. The Foundation and the University agreed that the Lecturer should focus particularly on Africa and serve as the Director of a new interdisciplinary Centre.

The Foundation is also co-funding, with the Cambridge Trust, scholarships for three African postgraduate students in POLIS.

Note for students

You are encouraged to use the Trust's scholarships search to find all the awards for which you may be eligible.