New Bolt Scholar named

Aoife Fitzgerald has been selected as the new Christine and Ian Bolt scholar for 2013-14.

A final year PhD student, Aoife is examining late antique secular architecture. The scholarship will enable her to visit world-class centres in the United States and work with experts in Colorado to enhance her research findings. She said:

‘The Bolt scholarship is very unique in that it allows a student to come up with a plan to suit their needs. This freedom to tailor the scholarship is vital for postgraduate research. It affords me an opportunity to carry out work that I would never have been able to undertake on my own, by giving me access to research centres, academics and libraries in internationally renowned institutions.’


Aoife Fitzgerald

The scholarship was set up in memory of Christine Bolt, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Kent, and was generously funded by her late husband, Ian Bolt. It provides £10,000 in funding for a postgraduate student in support of a sustained period of research carried out in the United States. The legacy left by Christine and Ian Bolt has so far allowed 12 Kent students to achieve their dreams and make a significant contribution to research in their fields.

If you are interested in finding out more about leaving a legacy to help students like Aoife please get in touch by phone on 01227 823588 or email at