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The Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Scholarships

The Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Scholarships were established in March 2015 made possible by a generous gift from Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and the Eranda Rothschild Foundation. The Scholarship funds 25 full Masters scholarships over five years in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

The Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Scholarship Programme is designed to provide some of the best and brightest students with the opportunity to continue onto a Masters programme in the Department of War Studies without the worry of financial constraint. 

There are five scholarships available per year. Each student will receive £20,000. Scholarships are open to UK, EU and international applicants. For each year, four Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Scholarships and one Dr Duncan Anderson Scholarship will be available to all students undertaking a one year Masters programme within the War Studies Department. Sir Evelyn is Founder, Chairman and a trustee of the Eranda Rothschild Foundation, which he founded in 1967. It supports a range of causes in the fields of medical research, health and welfare, education and the arts. Duncan Anderson is Head of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. His books include, The Battle of Manila 1945, The Fall of the Reich and The Falklands War 1982.

To be eligible for the scheme, students will have to complete an application form which will include an overview of recent academic achievements, demonstrate their financial need, and include a personal statement. 

King’s College London is extremely grateful to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and the Eranda Rothschild Foundation for establishing this generous scholarship programme in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. 

Please view the Student Funding pages for details about how to apply.

The Alexandros Petersen Scholarship

King’s College London is deeply honoured to announce a most generous gift from the Psalida Petersen family which has helped to establish The Alexandros Petersen Scholarship, in memory of our alumnus Dr Alexandros Petersen. The scholarship is intended to support exceptional students from Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus wishing to study for the Master’s in Conflict, Security and Development at the War Studies department at King’s.  The programme will aim to support rising talent whose aspiration, like Alexandros’, is to span the world of academic and policy.

The Alexandros Petersen Scholarship provides one Master’s student per year with financial support to study towards an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. The scholarship will help towards the cost of tuition fees and living costs for the duration of the recipient’s study.

The scholarship is £40,000 for full time study and is available to students commencing their studies in September of each academic year.

Am I eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applying for an MA in the War Studies programme; priority is given to students applying to the Conflict, Security and Development MA but other War Studies MAs may be considered
  • Resident of Central Asia or South Caucasus (Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)
  • Demonstrate the need of financial assistance
  • Provide a thank you letter and an end of year report to the donor
  • Intend to return to the home country after completion of the MA programme to practice what was learned.

How do I apply?

You must apply for both the scholarship and the programme, which are separate applications. Applicants must submit a scholarship application first, prior to submitting an application to the MA programme so that King’s can track your application. On the MA programme application, you must include on the first line of your personal statement “Alexandros Petersen Scholarship” so that we are able to identify your programme application.

Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

Applications will close on 31 March 2018.

Download the scholarship application form here. To apply for the programme, visit

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Provided your application form has been accurately completed and the appropriate documentary evidence supplied, you will be notified about the decision by mid-May. 

When will the award be paid?

The award will be paid in the form of a full tuition, fee waiver and a monthly stipend, including a small travel bursary.

Where can I get further information?

To find out more about the scholarship, please contact the War Studies department at  

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