The Eva Koch Scholarship

The Eva Koch scholarship provides practical support and time for individuals to work on research projects over a six-week period each year. If you have a research or creative project in mind which is relevant to Quakers today and could be completed in six weeks, the Eva Koch scholarship might be for you.

The Scholarship

The Eva Koch Scholarship seeks to:

  • Support short pieces of research or exploration on subjects and issues of relevance and importance to Quakers in Britain and beyond.
  • Create the opportunity for individuals to make an initial exploration of a subject or issue that might lead to more significant research and action in the future.
  • Establish a mutually-supportive, time-limited research community at Woodbrooke.
  • Contribute to the life of Woodbrooke during the period of the scholarship  (e.g. offering short talks and other events for staff, volunteers and visitors).

Who is it for?

The Scholarship is designed to enable a number of Friends each year to undertake pieces of research or exploration on a subject that is of interest to Quakers in Britain and beyond. There are no academic or expertise requirements, however, applicants should be actively involved in at least one Quaker community.

What’s involved

Each Scholar will be offered:

  • A residency at the Woodbrooke Centre for up to five weeks, this might be in one block or several smaller blocks of time.
  • An assigned tutor to support you and meet with you.
  • Up to three hour-long tutorials.

This support is designed to be flexible to the needs of the scholars and their projects.

Dissemination Options

A flexible approach to dissemination will be adopted. Options include:

  • An essay published in Friends Quarterly
  • A series of articles published in The Friend
  • A dedicated Website/Blog
  • A Woodbrooke course (on-site, off-site or online)
  • Online learning materials
  • An audio and/or video presentation
  • A lecture delivered and then published online

About Eva Koch

The Eva Koch Scholarship was made possible by the generosity of Hugh Lawson, Eva’s second husband, whom she married at the age of 88.

Eva was born on 4 August 1900. Both she and her first husband, Richard, were Berliners and, although they had Jewish ancestry, were brought up as Protestants. They suffered persecution under Hitler and Richard was held in a concentration camp for nine months. He had been a successful solicitor but all their possessions were confiscated in 1939. After the war they received compensation from the German State and, as they lived simply, much of what Eva left Hugh on her death on 26 January 1991 enabled him to endow the Scholarship in her name.

Eva came to Woodbrooke many times, especially at Easter and Christmas. A fuller account of her life generously lived, can be found in the Proceedings of London Yearly Meeting 1991 (pp 152-3) where we can note that she and Hugh often asked themselves why they had been so lucky as to find, late in life, a love that was both unexpected and unsought.

Hugh was born on 13 February 1912 and was MP for Skipton 1944-5. He worked as Deputy City Engineer for Nottingham for 25 years, and then as the City’s Director of Leisure Services in the three years before his retirement. He married Dorothy Mallinson in 1937. They had two sons, and joined Friends later in life. Dorothy died in 1982 and after Eva’s death 1991, Hugh planted a wood in their memory, ‘The Two Wives Plantation’ at Newstead Abbey. He died on 23 March 1997.

Enquire about the Eva Koch Scholarship

Please note that the next opportunity to take up an Eva Koch Scholarship will be in 2022, applications will open in the latter part of 2021.

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