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Lord Rootes Memorial Fund

With project funding from £100 to £3,000 this fund is set up to support students turn their ideas into a reality...
Application criteria

The Lord Rootes Memorial Fund is intended to encourage personal development by supporting challenging projects proposed by individual and groups of Warwick students, especially projects:

  • demonstrating creativity of thought and the development of an original and personal idea or objective.
  • involving observation and the intelligent use of experience in the scientific, cultural, environmental or business context.

    Merle Stein

Awards are not available to support activities which form part of an applicant's programme of study or planned future research.

You should consider within your proposal what you hope to gain from the project in terms of personal development. If your project includes an element of research, you will also be expected to demonstrate that you have carefully considered your research methods.

Who can apply?

Full or part-time, undergraduate or postgraduate Warwick students/groups of students on courses of at least one year's duration, including students about to leave the University, provided the project is limited to the period of the long vacation. See Fund Regulations.

For group projects only those students who will be involved in organising the project and writing the report should be included as applicants.

What funding is available?
Elliott Walker


Grants usually range from £100 to £3,000. Because of the prevailing financial situation applicants are strongly

encouraged to apply only for the minimum level of funding they need to carry out the project, rather than to apply automatically for the maximum potentially available.

Need some inspiration?

Benjamin Lim

If you need some inspiration on the kinds of projects we like to support; Soumya Dabriwal's story offers a great example of the kind of impact we would really like to see as a result of receiving this funding. Soumya helped many Indian women positively change their lives by educating them on menstrual myths, along with developing and distributing specifically designed sanitaryware. Well done Soumya!

When do I carry out the project?

James Goodhart

Projects are usually carried out during the summer vacation. In exceptional cases, and only where an applicant can

demonstrate that a project can only be accomplished within an earlier timescale, applications may be considered for projects to be carried out during the Christmas or Easter vacations.

How do I apply?

See Apply for Funding.

Do I need to write a report?

Yes. The final 20% of the award will only be paid on submission of an acceptable report. See Writing a Report and Fund Regulations.

Who was Lord Rootes?

Lord RootesLord Rootes was a noted Coventry motor manufacturer and the innovative Chairman of the Promotion Committee which founded the University of Warwick. Lord Rootes’ untimely death Rootes Group Logoin 1964 prevented him being installed as the University’s first Chancellor. To commemorate Lord Rootes' commitment to innovation and enterprise and to the University of Warwick, distributors of Rootes Group products generously contributed to a fund to encourage student enterprise and effort, supporting imaginative projects by groups and individual students.

ben limApplications for projects in 2017-18 must be submitted online by no later than 5pm on Friday 19 January 2018.