Patron: The Late Countess Mountbatten of Burma CBE

What We Do:
The Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust is a small grant making trust. We undertake a range of grant making activities in support of an overall grants strategy which is regularly reviewed by Trustees. These activities have traditionally fallen into three broad areas; firstly supporting students from developing countries in their education in the UK, secondly, supporting UK charities running educational projects in developing countries and thirdly, supporting UK charities providing educational opportunities in the UK. During the current year 2017-18, we made provision to support the following: 
  • We have provided grants for overseas students from developing Commonwealth countries, who are in their final year at a university in the United Kingdom and who are facing un-forseen financial difficulties.  These grants are administered on our behalf by the CISN Hardship Fund, although there are now limited funds remaining for distribution. These awards are known as Mountbatten Memorial Grants and more information (including how to apply) can be found by clicking on the link above.
  • Also under the auspices of the Mountbatten Memorial Grants were travel grants for early career post doctoral scholars who were at a university in the United Kingdom and were undertaking research overseas in the humanities and other fields.  These grants were administered on our behalf by the British Academy, but are now no longer available.
  • Educational Projects in Developing Countries - These grants were awarded to UK registered charities who were delivering educational projects which address inequality of access and demonstrate a ripple effect to their work. More information can be found on our Other Grants page. The final round for these small grants will be July 2018 and is only open to previous recipients. However, please do note the statement at the bottom of the page.
  • Educational Projects in the UK - These grants were awarded to UK registered charities involved in higher and adult education in the UK and organisations providing opportunities for young people to serve overseas. More information about these grants can also be found on the Other Grants page, although these are not currently offered.
The outcome of this will be published here by the end of July 2018.
Please accept our apologies for the delay in launching the new grants programme, but please do return here in August 2018.
Please note that we are only accepting applications for July 2018 from previous recipients of grants awarded for educational projects in developing countries.