The Henry Lester Trust is able to consider applications for a grant to study architecture, civic planning, construction management, medicine, computer development, mechanical science in the UK to citizens of the People’s Republic of China

The Henry Lester Trust Limited is named after Henry Lester who spent most of his life in Shanghai and who died there in 1926. Having made his fortune in Shanghai it was only right and proper that after his death his estate should be used to benefit the people of Shanghai. This continues today with the Trust awarding educational grants.


The Henry Lester Trust is able to consider applications for a grant from those who meet the following conditions:

  • Citizenship of the People's Republic of China.

  • Currently studying at a United Kingdom university or research establishment at postgraduate level or higher.

  • Particular emphasis is given

    a) to those who seek support for (so far unfunded) studies (in terms of extra material, technical assistance or extra tuition) which are required to achieve the aim of, or enhance, the course.

    b) for living costs of those who can show that the final successful achievement, of the studies in the UK to which they are already committed, are being negatively effected for some reason by a lack of finance.

  • Studying or researching architecture (to include civic planning, construction management, etc), medicine, computer development, and mechanical sciences.

  • Formal written support of the applicant's professor, head of department or similar senior person.

  • The applicant will return to China.

  • The knowledge and skill obtained will be for the benefit of the people of China generally.

No grants are given for study or research outside the United Kingdom or for seminars or conferences.


At the current time all applications for a grant must be made by email to Applications must include the formal written support of the applicant's professor or head of department (on official headed paper), full details of the course or area of research, a detailed CV, a calculation of the amount sought, and an indication of the intention to return to China in due course.

The current norm for a grant is £3,500 in any one year and the calculation of the amount sought should set out details of both expected income (own/family contribution, scholarships and grants, fee waivers, etc.) and expenditure (fees, materials, travel, living expenses, etc). If the shortfall between the two figures is significantly greater than our current norm then an explanation of how this is to be covered, for instance by an application to another funding body, should be given.

Completed applications are required by the 15th of the following months: November, February, April and June. In exceptional circumstances, applications can be considered at any time.

Provided all the necessary information is given, applications are usually processed within 5 weeks and, if approved, the appropriate cheque, which will be payable to the university or research establishment, sent to the person supporting the application. A grant is given for one year only although a re-application, supported by the professor or head of department, may be made at the appropriate time.

Applications will only be considered on the above basis and applicants should in no way assume that an application submitted will receive a grant.