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The Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust

The Trust and its contact details

The Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust, established in 1981, is a registered United Kingdom Charity (No. 283339). The Trust was originally administered by the British Council, and is now run independently,though the British Council provides support of various kinds in the United Kingdom and in Bangladesh. The Trust is managed day-to-day by a Secretary who reports to a Board of Trustees:

Mr Peter Fowler CMG
Dr June Rollinson OBE
Mr Tim Butchard (Secretary)

Contact details:

Tim Butchard
Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust
4, Dorville Crescent
London W6 0HJ
+44 (0)20 8741 0836

Activities of the Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust

The activities of the Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust are divided into two parts: activity conducted in partnership with the British Council Bangladesh; and grants offered to final-year doctoral students from Bangladesh studying in the United Kingdom. 

Professional Visits to the UK

The Trust sponsors an annual Professional Visitors Programme in partnership with the British Council in Bangladesh.   Each selection round is advertised on the British Council’s website ( The programme aims to enhance the professional skills of the beneficiaries through financed visits of between three weeks and three months to appropriate host institutions in the United Kingdom.  Eligible applicants include mid-career academics, artists and professionals, normally aged between 30 and 50.  The programme is not intended to support formal training, nor for short course or conference attendance, except as an incidental part of a broader programme.  The selection process is advertised each year on the British Council’s website, and the following terms apply:

  • Applicants are obliged to show written evidence of an invitation from a host institution in the United Kingdom, as well as other documents requested by the selection board.
  • Successful candidates receive financial assistance with their fares and UK visas, and a monthly subsistence in the UK of £1,450.
  • Most subjects are eligible but the list of favoured disciplines will vary from year to year.  Applications in the humanities, social sciences and creative industries are encouraged.

For further information about forthcoming recruitment to this programme, please contacts the Secretary of the Trust (


Doctoral Bursaries

What they are, and how to apply

Modest grants of £1,000 or lower are offered to final-year doctoral students from Bangladesh reaching the end of their studies in the UK.  The criteria for awarding these grants are a combination of academic excellence and financial need.  They can be applied for once a year in advance of a deadline of 10 November, eg shortly before a meeting of our Trustees in late November.  Applicants must complete an application form on-line and submit it to the Trustís Secretary (, together with a supporting letter, also on-line and on headed paper, from their supervisors.  The supervisorís letter should comment briefly on three aspects of the candidateís application: academic progress and commitment; personality (why the candidate is worth supporting); and financial circumstances (why the candidate needs supporting). Other supporting documentation must be kept to a minimum and CVs should not exceed two pages.  Technical information should be presented in language which is intelligible to non-specialists. Please note that successful applicants for these grants cannot re-apply.


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