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. You can read a one-page summary of how the Trust came to be established here.

From 2002 to 2015/2016, the Trust supported 24 scholars studying for PhDs at University College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science. From autumn 2016 the Trust will support post-graduate students at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Beneficiaries are selected and scholarships administered by Birkbeck College from whom more information can be obtained. Details of how to apply can be found by clicking here. Applications for the academic year starting in October 2016 have now closed.

We will maintain our relationships with the LSE and UCL as students currently funded continue with their research.

Separately from The Bonnart Trust, in 2000 Freddy Bonnart-Braunthal endowed a scholarship in his name at UCL. This has the same broad purposes as The Bonnart Trust and is administered independently by UCL. Information can be found here. Since 2000, nine Scholars have been funded through this separate endowment. The Trustees of The Bonnart Trust maintain a close interest in this Scholarship, with the support of UCL, and Scholars who have benefited from the UCL scholarship are encouraged to become part of the Bonnart Trust network.

The Trust wishes to encourage the development of this network of past and present FBB Scholars who will, via social media and other means, be able to share ideas and experience, in particular about the challenges of, and opportunities for, finding ways to combat intolerance. This was central to the vision of the Founder of the Trust. As part of our support for this network the Trust hosts an annual reception to which past and present Scholars, key academics and others with an interest in this field, together with trustees, are invited. This provides an opportunity to hear about the work of some of the Scholars through presentations and informal discussions.

The Trust is a registered UK Charity (number 1094967) and is administered by four volunteer Trustees.


Past events  


In celebration of its 15th anniversary this year, the Bonnart Trust hosted a lecture by Philippe Sands QC, on the theme of ‘East West Street: Personal Stories about Genocide and Crimes against Humanity.’ The lecture and reception were held at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon on 29th November. You can find out more on the lecture and hear the podcast here.

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 and alumni, 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 LamaHere is the link to the podcast