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. As a small charity, the Trust does not normally contribute to major charitable bodies with large funds or to clinical trials.

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

The Trust has recently supported the following

Academy of Ancient Music

Publication costs of critical editions of works by Handel and Dussek

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

Ashmolean Museum

Cataloguing the Hope Collection

Bodleian Library

Cataloguing Dennis Healey and Roy Jenkins archives

British Institute at Ankara

Publication costs of scholarly monograph

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

Council for At-Risk Academics
Funding for hardship bursaries for refugee academics

Engineering placement for undergraduates/apprentices designing for the disabled

English National Ballet

Bursaries for young dancers


Support for BAME vocal fellowship

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 of Joseph Banks

Lanchester Trust

MA and PhD at Coventry University in Principles of Flight

The Longford Trust

Bursaries for prisoners and ex-offenders for higher education

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Bursary for mature studentship


Commissioning costs of touring exhibits to promote maths learning


One-year engineering student placements in medical engineering for disabled

National Museum of Computing

Exhibition costs

The Natural History Museum
Plants Under Pressure project
Open Book Publishers

Free access to academic papers

Oxford Natural History Museum

New display cases

Personal Histories Project

Recording equipment

Prospect Burma
Learning to Leadership international scholarship programme

Support for musical fellowship

Robert Southey Letters Project

Publication of collected letters of Robert Southey

Royal Scottish Conservatoire

Scholarship fund support

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Undergraduate bursary

St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Cataloguing John Addenbrooke’s cabinet

Snowden Trust

Bursaries for students with disabilities

Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award
Society of Architectural Historians

Postgraduate bursaries in architectural history


Veterinary clinical skills centre at the University of Namibia


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, excavation

University of Glasgow Exploration Society

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

University of Leicester

William Wilberforce Diaries and Letters project

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

Travel costs for students from developing countries to attend the Interventions in Wild Animal Health Field Course in India


Clinical Research Fellowship for early career development

Age UK

Alzheimers research

Arthur Rank

Education and Learning Centre for training in palliative care

British Council for the Prevention of Blindness

Boulter Fellowship for eye care professionals from the developing world to study at ICEH

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


Research into spinal cord injury

Institute for Cancer Research

Travel bursaries for medical students


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

Click here for the online application form.

Please complete the online form above. Applications may also be submitted by post or email together with a covering letter and any supporting material. Please include within the form all relevant information necessary for assessment of your application, plus a link to your Annual Report. The completeness of the application form is a consideration in the decision to fund.
For further information, please write to the Secretary, The Thriplow Charitable Trust, PO Box 225, Royston SG8 1BG or email

The next meeting of the Trustees will be on 22 March 2024
Deadline for applications: 28 February 2024.