The Brunat Fund

The Bruges-Natolin UK European Scholarships Fund was established in 2010 at the initiative of Lady (Moya) Denman, widow of Sir Roy Denman.

The launch of the negotiation simulation game in the Politics programme in Bruges. Photo credit: College of Europe

The scholarships the Fund offers provide assistance to talented applicants from the UK who have been offered places at the College but might otherwise be unable to take them up for lack of means. The scholarships usually cover around two-thirds of the costs.

Brunat scholarships depend on the generosity of donors and the availability of good quality and deserving candidates. Individual scholarships can be (and are) named after any donor—personal or corporate—who contributes a large proportion of the cost.

Donations of any amount are eagerly sought; see the Donations page to learn how to contribute. Currently, the Trustees award a minimum of three scholarships each year.

The Denman Scholarship

Sir Roy Denman (1924-2006) campaigned throughout his life for stronger bonds between Britain and its European neighbours. At the end of his long European career he served as Head of the EC Delegation in Washington DC, with the rank of Ambassador; after retirement he continued to campaign for British participation in Europe in his books, Missed Chances, Britain & Europe in the Twentieth Century and The Mandarin’s Tale, as well as in many articles in the International Herald Tribune and letters to the Financial Times.

The George and Grace Thomson-Brunat Scholarship

The Thomson family generously funds a scholarship in memory of George and Grace Thomson. Baron Thomson of Monifieth entered politics after a career in publishing and was one of Britain’s first two European Commissioners. Lady Thomson once observed that “I married the editor of The Beano, The Dandy, and Forward [the Scottish Labour newspaper, now defunct], and here I am, to my astonishment, hosting the movers and shakers of the European continent!”

The Alumni Scholarship

The generosity of alumni of the College goes some way to funding a third annually awarded scholarship.


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