Tinker Fisher Fund to Support Travelling Students

Published 27th Mar 2013 by Emma Sinfield

The 2013 Tinker Fisher scholarship awards scheme is now open for application with students being encouraged to be ambitious in their applications for funding oversees trips.

The 2013 Tinker Fisher fund is now open and students are encouraged to be ambitious in their applications for funding oversees trips.

The Tinker Fisher Awards were first established over 100 years ago and have been supporting students in Kirklees through grant funding for study trips since their foundation. These awards, set up by local philanthropists John Tinker and Edward Fisher in 1911, allow ambitious students to travel abroad for research, work experience or study and were established with the aim of broadening the minds of young people.

Now administered by the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and local solicitors Eaton Smith, the Travelling Scholarship is keeping the philanthropic spirit of the original trustees alive, and last year distributed funding worth £20,000 to 24 students.

Grants begin at £200 and the trustees are willing to make major awards for exceptional applications. The fund is highly competitive and will be judged on merit by an independent Awarding Panel representing the University, College, the Chamber of Commerce and Eaton Smith solicitors.

A successful student from last year’s awards, who undertook research at an anti-cancer drug development laboratory, commented:

"The knowledge I acquired is invaluable. Even more important, I was able to establish networks that will help me for many years to come. Finally, I had the pleasure to get to know the local culture and to discover the amazing landscape of New Zealand, which all in all made this internship one of the most valuable experiences in my life. This would not have been possible without the help of the Tinker Fisher Travelling Scholarship! Thank you!"

Applications are open to students enrolled at either the University of Huddersfield or Kirklees College who are on courses with a duration of more than twelve months. The closing date for applications is 15th April 2013 and awards will be made on the Chamber’s 160th Birthday Celebration Party 14th May at Lockwood Park. Application forms are available from both the University and the College or from Rachel Dickie at the Chamber, who can be contacted at

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