- Posted by Amy Bell
- On November 12, 2023
The beating heart of the BritishSpanish Society’s charitable mission is its empowering of innovative research and youthful talent through its funding support of important post-graduate projects of relevance to both countries.
In the words of the BSS honorary president, the Spanish ambassador in London, José Pascual Marco Martínez, such support must also be a part of corporate culture, a key component of sustainability policy and commitment to the community.
The programme for Spanish and UK students relies on funding from Spanish and UK companies and donations from its membership. To date, thanks to its sponsors and members, the BSS has supported over one hundred post-graduates from Britain and Spain since the foundation of the annual programme in 2014/2015.
On Wednesday 7 November, the 16th edition of the BritishSpanish Society Scholarship Awards Ceremony, was kindly hosted by the Spanish ambassador. The ceremony was attended by guests from academic institutions, British and Spanish businesses and representatives from the charity’s board of trustees, patrons and membership. Former scholars were also in attendance, including one of 2022’s winning scholars, Rebeca Nuez-Suarez, who performed a short piece on the violin.
The BSS Trustee responsible for the programme, Dr Marina Perez de Arcos (herself a former BSS scholar) said:
“This year, we received a record number of applications, and it was a genuine delight for the Evaluation Committee to assess the exciting research projects. Given the limited scholarships available, the competition was intense. To those who reached the shortlist, we especially urge you to consider reapplying next year. Congratulations to the winners – you are now part of a vibrant British-Spanish talent community across all disciplines! ¡Enhorabuena y bienvenidos!
The BritishSpanish Society’s scholarships programme is unique. It offers financial support and serves as an institutional platform, welcoming all areas of knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach. Moreover, it unites historically significant and strategically important partners, Britain and Spain, by supporting their talented youth and promoting future-focused research.”
The awards receive the financial backing of the charity’s principal corporate sponsors; BBVA, Canada Blanch Fundacion, Cuatrecasas, Plastic Energy and Santander Universities.
In the scholarship’s 16-year history awards have been made to post-graduates of British or Spanish nationality studying a wide range of academic disciplines. This year’s winners are studying or completing research projects in economics, music, neuroscience, psycholinguistics, reproductive medicine, civil engineering and performing arts. You can read more about the award-winners and their projects here.
Winners are invited to join the Society’s membership and participate in the schedule of cultural events. The upcoming Autumn Concert is directed by former scholar Nicole Crespo with performances from acclaimed musicians, and also former scholarship winners, Laura Peribañez and Lucia Ventimilla.