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The University of Essex will soon be celebrating 50 years of forward-looking teaching and cutting-edge research. Over five decades, it has built a worldwide reputation for academic excellence across the social sciences, humanities, the sciences, law and business.

The American Friends of the University of Essex was established to harness the support of alumni and friends of the University based in the US. We’re getting behind the 50th anniversary celebrations with two major donor programmes.


For some gifted students, only a scholarship or bursary can make a University education possible. Essex is planning to mark its 50th anniversary with:

  • a range of full- and part-funded undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships
  • maintenance grants and bursaries
  • contributions to care-leavers’ and refugee bursaries
  • new support for PhD scholarships