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The Olivia Grant Year Abroad Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, UK 2023

Application is now open for the Olivia Grant Year Abroad Scholarship at the University of East Anglia. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of East Anglia and Scholarship

The idea of establishing a university in Norwich gained momentum in the nineteenth century, with residents actively discussing the possibility. Initial attempts in 1919 and 1947 to bring this vision to fruition were, unfortunately, hindered by a lack of government funding. However, the aspiration did not wane, and the University of East Anglia (UEA) was eventually founded in April 1960, primarily catering to students in biological sciences and English studies.

The initial phase of UEA’s existence saw teaching taking place in the temporary “University Village,” a structure officially inaugurated on September 29, 1963, by Keith Murray, chairman of the University Grants Committee. Situated on the opposite side of Earlham Road from the current campus, this temporary setup, designed for 1,200 students by the local architectural firm Feilden and Mawson, lacked residences, with the vice-chancellor and administration based at nearby Earlham Hall.


In 1961, the first vice-chancellor, Frank Thistlethwaite, enlisted the services of Denys Lasdun, a proponent of “New Brutalist” architecture, to design the permanent campus. The chosen site, on the city’s western edge along the south side of Earlham Road, was formerly a golf course within the Earlham Hall estate. Lasdun’s vision involved a “teaching wall,” a singular 460-meter block aligning with the site’s contours, complemented by a walkway providing access to entrances and terraced residences known as “Ziggurats.”

Although the first buildings didn’t open until late 1966, the campus evolved under the direction of Lasdun and later Bernard Feilden, who succeeded him as the architect. The teaching wall and library were completed, and an arena-shaped square was added as a social space, earning Grade II* listed status for their architectural significance and campus history.

UEA stands among the top 1% globally in the Times Higher Education world rankings and within the top 100 for research excellence in the Leiden Ranking. Recognized as the tenth-best university globally under 50 years old in 2012, it also secured the third spot within the UK. Recent national rankings place UEA eighteenth in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times and fourteenth by The Complete University Guide. In April 2013, the university earned the top spot for student experience according to the Times Higher Education Magazine. This rich history and ongoing commitment to excellence position UEA as a dynamic and prestigious institution in the academic landscape.

‚ÄčThe Olivia Grant Year Abroad Scholarship will give an award to an undergraduate American Studies student due to take a Year Abroad. 

Details about Olivia Grant Year Abroad Scholarship at the University of East Anglia:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of East Anglia, UK

Scholarship Value: ¬£1,000

Number of awards: 1

Study level: Bachelor/Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): University of East Anglia, UK

Eligibility Criteria for Olivia Grant Year Abroad Scholarship

Eligibility for the University of East Anglia’s Olivia Grant Year Abroad Scholarship is exclusively reserved for undergraduate students currently enrolled in any American Studies program that includes a year abroad. This scholarship underscores the university’s commitment to supporting and enhancing the educational experiences of students pursuing American Studies by providing financial assistance for their year abroad. It serves as an opportunity to further enrich their academic journey and broaden their cultural and intellectual perspectives. Aspiring candidates meeting these criteria are encouraged to apply for this scholarship to facilitate their educational endeavors.

Application Procedure for Olivia Grant Year Abroad Scholarship

Are you interested and qualified for the Olivia Grant Year Abroad Scholarship? Complete and submit this application form.

The Submission Deadline is: 28 December 2023

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