Testimonials

The Trust regularly receives testimonial and notes of thanks from the many scholars who have benefitted from its support. Links to those provided by our 2018 visitors can be found here.

The following relate to visits made before 2018.

My colleague and I are the first Bulgarians to benefit from the generous support of the Robert Anderson Trust. As a researcher coming from a less advantaged economy, I have always found it challenging to strive for academic excellence because of the limited access to western literature. This is especially true for a subject new to Bulgaria such as the constitutional status of persons with intellectual disabilities and psycho-social problems. Thanks to an invitation from the Trust I was able to spend a fruitful period at the library of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and gather valuable resources to further my understanding of the subject. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude for the hospitality and positive attitude of my hosts that made my stay socially and culturally enriching.

Radoslava Yankulova, Plovdiv (2017)

In this personal letter I would like to thank the Trust for its vote of confidence in me and my work, and for the conditions I enjoyed during my stay. Throughout my stay I was able to observe the valuable work performed by the Trust for scholars from around the world: it was a true honour to be included in this group. What moved me most was the generosity towards researchers, offering them all the necessary facilities for their research – with, in addition, a level of involvement, unusual nowadays, based on a relationship of trust and personal monitoring which is rare. In a world where the conditions for research are increasingly precarious and impersonal, this is something unique and, in my opinion, worth preserving.

Maria Coutinho, Lisbon (2017)

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making my visit to London in June 2015 possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection and I am deeply appreciative of your support. As a PhD student, working on my thesis at the British Library and the library of University College London was very important to me. I found many sources and a lot of information related to my studies on the image of Islam in Western intellectual thought during the period of the Enlightenment. I felt an extraordinary sense of admiration when I read original XVIIIth-century rare books and magazines. I found all I wanted and even more.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. I hope one day I will be able to help students to achieve their goals just as you have helped me.

Anastasia Migal, Rostov-on-Don, Russia (2015)

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Robert Anderson Research Charitable Trust. I am a research postgraduate student of archaeology from Poland and my area of study is the early history of Asia. This field of study requires me to be updated with the most recent publications, that are unavailable at my home university, as well as access to archival collections kept exclusively in the United Kingdom. Support from the Trust has been vital for my studies. Thanks to my stays in the Trust’s houses in London I have had a unique opportunity to gather all necessary resources for my studies.

Kasper Hanus, Cieszyn, Poland (2014)

During my visit under the auspices of the Trust your kindness and hospitality were unique and unforgettable. The support you gave me was particularly valuable. I had the opportunity to become familiar with so many old editions and rare monographs about Egyptian archaeology, and related subjects. Thanks to you I completed my doctoral thesis with an excellent grade!

 Pavlos Antonatos, Athens, Greece (2013)

I have just received the editor’s feedback and review for a paper I wrote while staying at your Trust house last October. The paper has been accepted for publication, and this marks my first publication in a peer-reviewed, internationally renowned journal. The volume is edited by a world authority on the subject, which is a great honour for me. I am writing to thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be in London during the period. The stimulating multidisciplinary environment in London’s libraries has improved my paper and played a major role in my being able to complete it and finalise it. I would not have been able to work as efficiently without the perfect academic atmosphere created at the Trust’s house.

Heba Abdelgawad, Cairo, Egypt (2013/2014)