Ann Duncan Memorial Fund
Dr Ann Duncan was an Oxford Graduate who taught at Exeter University until she came to Newnham in 1970 as Director of Studies in Modern Languages where she remained until her death in 1989, aged only 48. She was a modernist working in nineteenth and twentieth century French studies as well as on contemporary Latin-American literature. She earned her Cambridge doctorate from her publications, not by thesis.
She was a stimulating and demanding teacher, with a lively sense of humour; never satisfied with easy answers, pompous authoritarianism or received wisdom. Despite being paraplegic from the age of thirteen she travelled widely, never allowing her disability to limit either her freedom of movement or her independence.
The Ann Duncan Memorial Fund was set up immediately after her death with donations from her family, her students and friends. In making grants from the fund the awarders try to choose those projects which they feel would have interested Ann. Grants are awarded every two years.
How to apply
Applications are invited for a number of small grants to be awarded for foreign travel during Summer 2017 to junior members of the University currently studying for the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos or a research degree in modern languages, particularly those with special interest in contemporary French or Latin-American studies.
Consideration will also be given to applicants who read Part I of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos and are now studying aspects of French or Latin-American society for another Tripos or postgraduate qualification.
Enhanced grants may be available for students with special difficulties of mobility.
The awards are not intended to fund the MML year abroad, nor are they intended for language courses. In recent years awards have gone mainly to those whose travel plans have a distinctive social or intellectual purpose.
Applications must be made on-line at https://app.casc.cam.ac.uk/fas_live/duncan.aspx , no later than midnight BST on Friday 9th June 2017
The application will comprise:
- A system-generated application form to be completed on-line
- The name and email address of the applicant’s Director of Studies or Supervisor.
Once the application has been completed the named Director of Studies/Supervisor will be contacted to request a letter of support by Friday 16th June 2017 for the applicant. Applicants should pre-warn the person providing their letter of support that a request will be forthcoming, and provide them with an outline of the proposed travel.
In June 2015 two awards were made:
Imogen Churchill, a 2nd year MML student at Fitzwilliam College studying Spanish & Russian, visited Colombia to work with the Colombian Campaign Against Landmines. Imogen’s report of her trip.
Leah Knight, a 3rd year MML student at Girton College studing French & Spanish, visited Peru, working in a home for abandoned girls in Arequipa. Leah’s report of her trip.
Any queries should be directed to the Principal’s Secretary, Newnham College, Cambridge CB3 9DF, (firstname.lastname@example.org).