The Thriplow Charitable Trust is a trust, registered in 1993, whose aims are the furtherance of higher education and research, with preference given to British institutions. Primary, secondary and early years education do not fall within the Trust’s remit, nor does it normally support capital projects, such as new buildings.

For administrative reasons, grants can only be made to charitable bodies or component parts of charitable bodies. In no circumstances can grants be made directly to individuals. Grants are usually made of amounts between £1,000-£5,000. The Trust favours discrete projects and is reluctant to contribute to appeals for large sums.

The Trust gives grants for academic research funding, undergraduate and graduate bursaries, exhibitions and expeditions, wildlife conservation/environmental research, publishing of research, conservation of manuscripts/textiles etc, teacher training and resources in the developing world, musical training and early career development.

The Trust has recently supported the following

African Child Trust

Sponsorship of a group of students through university in Tanzania

Amarna Trust

Expedition costs to Tell el-Amarna and coffin preservation at Fitzwilliam Museum

Ancient India and Iran Trust

Conference expenses

Anna Plowden Trust

Conservation training bursaries

Bodleian Library

Cataloguing Roy Jenkins archive

British Museum

International museum training programme and training of textile conservator

Britten Sinfonia

Professional development workshop

Cambridge University Library

Cataloguing of archive material

Chester Zoo

Orchid research


Engineering placement for undergraduates/apprentices designing for the disabled

English National Ballet

Bursaries for young dancers


Support for Harewood vocal scholarship

Fitzwilliam Museum

Early career development for painting conservator

Hamilton Kerr Institute

Publication of conference proceedings


Post-mortem research into declining UK otter populations

IT Schools Africa

UK prisoners refurbish computers and send them to African schools and universities where ITSA trains teachers on their use

Joseph Banks Project

Editing costs and publication of collected letters

Lanchester Trust

MA and PhD at Coventry University in Principles of Flight

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Bursary for mature studentship


One-year engineering student placements in medical engineering for disabled

National Museum of Computing

Exhibition costs

Open Book Publishers

Free access to academic papers

Oxford Natural History Museum

New display cases

Personal Histories Project

Recording equipment


Support for musical fellowship

ReSurge Africa

Setting up plastic surgery unit in Sierra Leone

Robert Southey Letters Project

Publication of collected letters

Royal Scottish Conservatoire

Scholarship fund support

St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Cataloguing John Addenbrooke’s cabinet

Snowden Trust

Bursaries for students with disabilities

Society of Architectural Historians

Postgraduate bursaries in architectural history


Veterinary training in Middle East and North Africa


Bursary for a Palestinian student at St Andrews

Textile Conservation Foundation

Bursary support for MA students in textile conservation at the University of Glasgow

Tibet Foundation

Support for Tibetan medical students in China

TUC Library

Exhibition on international labour collaboration in conjunction with Nottingham University

University of Cambridge, Centre for South Asian Studies

Cataloguing of photographic archive, conference expenses

University of Cambridge, Division of Archaeology

Akkadian language film of a Babylonian story

University of Cambridge, Faculty of Classics

Aldborough, N. Yorks

University of Glasgow Exploration Society

Undergraduate expeditions to study wildlife in Trinidad, Bolivia, Equador, Tobago and Iceland

University of West of England

Pee-power: research into battery potential of urine for use in lighting in refugee camps

West Dean College

Bursaries for graduate and postgraduate students of the conservation of historic objects

Wildlife Trust for Cambs, Beds, Northants

Great Fen project and related monitoring


Career development scholarships

Zambia Orphans Aid

Support for trainee teachers in Zambia

Zoological Society of London

Wildlife Health Bridge – partnership with Edinburgh University to train vets remotely in field medicine


Clinical Research Fellowship for early career development

Age UK

Alzheimers research

Arthur Rank

Education and Learning Centre for training in palliative care

East Anglian Air Ambulances

Educational placements for medical students

Fight for Sight

Research into retinopathy in premature babies

Francis Hospice

Training/professional development course for counselling bereaved children


Training of child psychiatrist in Gaza


Eesearch into spinal cord injury


Research into soft tissue reconstruction

Liver Group

Biomechanical artificial liver project

Meningitis Now

Research into combination anti-pneumococcal vaccine


PhD research


Prostate cancer research

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital

Joint teaching programme: Peace in Sight

Spinal Research

Cord repair research based in Cambridge

Applying for Funding

Application forms should be submitted by post together with a covering letter and any supporting material.
For further information, please write to the Secretary.

The Thriplow Charitable Trust, PO Box 225, Royston SG8 1BG