The purpose of The Bonnart Trust is to “establish and maintain scholarships at universities in the United Kingdom for research at the postgraduate level into the nature of racial, religious and cultural intolerance with a view to finding a means to combat it”.
The Trust was established by Freddy Bonnart-Braunthal in 2002. Following his death in 2008, the bulk of his estate was left to the Trust.
Currently the Trust supports students at the London School of Economics and University College, London. It is possible that at some point relationships will be developed with other institutions, but not in the short term.
The purpose of this website is to provide information on the background and focus of the Trust. Beneficiaries are selected and scholarships administered by the LSE and UCL from whom more information can be obtained.
In addition the Trust plans to create a network of FBB Scholars who will, via the website and through other communications and meetings, be able to share ideas and experience, in particular about the challenges and opportunities for addressing the question of the means to combat intolerance that was integral to the vision of the Founder of the Trust.
The Trust is a registered UK Charity (number 1094967) and is administered by six volunteer trustees.
2002 to 2012
On 20 June 2012, to celebrate and mark its first 10 years, the Trust hosted a major conference on Tolerance in a Just and Fair Society at the London School of Economics. The conference was held in cooperation with the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE and with the support of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and Matrix Chambers. Some 200 people attended including 16 of the 19 FBB Trust Scholars (past, present, and selected for the next academic year) who came from around the world. It was chaired by Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at LSE, and included prominent speakers in the field of tolerance and human rights as well as presentation of their work by 4 of the Trust's scholars. We were very honoured that the first event of the day was a keynote address by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Here is the link to the podcast.
Please click here for a full report of the Conference