PhD students outside the library at South Ken

The Doris Chen Scholarship has been established through the generous support of the husband of the late and esteemed mathematician, Dr Doris Chen. Mr Shou-Lum Chen CBE is an alumnus and Honorary Fellow of Imperial. Their son, Professor William Chen, is a double-graduate of Imperial’s Department of Mathematics and is a former member of its academic staff. 

The Doris Chen PhD Award

The second £10,000 will be an award available to PhD students. The Department will be provided with the flexibility to administer the award at its discretion, but within the confines of the general purpose of the award, as described in its mission statement. This way, the Department can ensure the award will benefit and reward as many – or as few – PhD students as it sees fit, and at a level it feels appropriate.  

Mobility Fund

One of the best ways a PhD student can expand their understanding of their chosen field is to be offered a different way of thinking about a topic or problem. This is most effectively achieved by embedding them for a period of time in a different academic culture. In such an environment, they will be open to new ways of considering their work, and will also put themselves forward for healthy criticism and honest critique – which is an effective way to accelerate learning and understanding. The fund will therefore provide travel and subsistence for a PhD student with exceptional potential to take their research to another university abroad.

Mobility Award Recipients

Reward Merit

At the discretion of the Research Committee, a part of the annual award will be granted as a one-off award for excellence. If the committee feels there is an opportunity to reward and incentivise a truly outstanding student, an award of £1,000 to £2,000 would be seen as recognition of significant progress and achievement. The award will be based on merit after a formal assessment of their progress is undertaken after 18 or 24 months of study.

Merit Award Recipients

Hardship Fund

A small amount of the fund will be retained for providing financial support on an ad-hoc basis, whenever a situation arises in which a PhD student is in desperate and urgent financial strife. Such occasions are difficult to plan for, but at least one such situation usually occurs each year in which a student suffers from a drastic and immediate change of personal circumstances – often resulting in sudden poverty.