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Lord Rootes Memorial Fund

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Funding to turn your ideas into a reality...

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

  • demonstrating creativity of thought
  • pursuing an original and personal idea or objective
  • involving observation and exploration in the scientific, cultural, environmental or business context
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.

How much funding is available?

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 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.

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Applications for 2018/19 are now OPEN. The deadline for applications is Friday 18th January 2019.