Enhanced Wild Fund Scholarship funding

Posted on 10 April 2018

Chemistry alumnus Dr Anthony Wild has doubled his annual donation to Wild Fund Scholarships from £100,000 to £200,000 for graduate students entering from 2018/19 onwards.


Kelechi Uleanya – one of the current Wild Fund Scholars.

Since it was established in 2006, the Wild Scholarship Fund, endowed to the Department by Dr Tony Wild, has enabled 70 students to accept postgraduate research positions. Over 50 of these students have now graduated, with ca. 50% of all them being female. The University of York has been the proud home of Wild Scholars from across with globe, with students coming from China, France, Nigeria, New Zealand, United States of America, Guatemala and Pakistan to name just a few. These incoming scholars have transformed and enlivened the department with both their passion for chemistry and their international outlook. On graduation, these scholars have gone onto a range of careers across the globe including post-doctoral research, academic positions, research and development in industry, medical research and banking.  

Thanks to the generosity of Dr Wild, the Chemistry Department has now been able to increase the value of the scholarships offered by this scheme in the hope that it will continue to attract the strongest students from around the world who would not otherwise be able to take up the opportunity to undertake postgraduate research in the UK.  

As one of our current Wild Fund scholars, Kelechi Uleanya from Nigeria points out: “In the face of the towering inflation that hit my country, drastically diminishing my sponsorship and closing up all foreign transfers when l arrived for my studies, I will always remain a million times thankful to the Wild fund that gave me invaluable support”

For 2018/19 we are pleased to offer the following scholarships:

  • Wild Platinum Scholarships (overseas) - full tuition fees for the duration of study
  • Wild Platinum Scholarships (EU) - full tuition fees + £6,000 per year for duration of study
  • Wild Gold Scholarship (overseas) - 50% reduction in tuition fees for the duration of study
  • Wild Gold Scholarship (EU) - full tuition fees for duration of study
  • Wild Prize - £2,000 in Year 1 of study for self-funding students from the UK, EU or overseas

Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, country of origin, expressed financial need and departmental strategy.