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The Leon Brittan Fund for European Studies was established at Trinity College in memory of Lord Brittan of Spennithorne (1939–2015), who read Law at Trinity (m.1957), and who, among other notable distinctions, served as Vice-President of the European Commission.

Launched in 2019 in what would have been the week of Leon Brittan’s 80th birthday, the Fund will be used to support education, learning and research in matters relating to research on Europe, including in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics or International Relations. Through supporting students and academic researchers, and by encouraging recipients of the Fund to build links with European institutions, the Fund will ensure that Trinity College is able to continue to support research on Europe, and to build lasting relationships with European partners.

Trinity College is most grateful to all donors who have supported this Fund.

We would like to thank:

  • Dame Diana Brittan
  • Sir Samuel Brittan
  • Nicholas P. Clegg CBE
  • Mark Dowie
  • Alison Harding-Jones
  • Roderick & Elizabeth Jack
  • Anthony Julius
  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Garel-Jones
  • Mark & Sophie Lewisohn
  • Oscar & Margaret Lewisohn
  • The Millichope Foundation
  • Anthony Preiskel
  • Tim Ridley OBE
  • Judith O. and Robert E. Rubin
  • Philippe Sacerdot & Giles Ellwood
  • Professor L Sebba
  • David & Katherine Soanes
  • Lorne & Amy Somerville
  • Marc & Julie St John
  • UBS
  • Rodney Ward
  • Nicole Yuen

And our donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Donations of all sizes will have an impact on what the Fund is able to support over the coming years. If you would like to make a donation please click here.

Leon Brittan Studentship in European Studies

In 2023, the Leon Brittan Studentship in European Studies will be awarded for the third time, to an outstanding candidate for a Master’s degree in the field of European Studies at Trinity College.

Eligible applicants must have applied for admission, or already received an offer of admission, to the University of Cambridge for a one-year graduate course leading to the award of: the LLM, with an intended focus on European law; or an MPhil with a significant focus related to Europe, offered by the Faculty of History, the Faculty of Economics, the Department of Politics and International Studies, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (for European and Comparative Studies) or the Department of Land Economy. Visit the Trinity Postgraduate Student Funding Awards page.

The Studentship covers: Graduate Course Fees, and maintenance allowance (at the minimum rate set by the University), and return ticket from the country of origin to the United Kingdom where applicable. Holders of the scholarship will also be eligible to apply for research funding.

If you would like to discover more about the Fund, please contact us at

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