Eva Pinthus Award

Poster credit: QPSW

Poster credit: QPSW

The Eva Pinthus Award has been established by the Quaker Peace Studies Trust (QPST) to provide bursary support to a Quaker student studying on a Peace Studies course at any university in England and Wales. This is in recognition of the long contribution made by Eva Pinthus (1925-2020), both as a trustee of QPST and in her support for peace studies.

Please note, QPST funds other awards (for Quaker and non-Quaker students) which are administered through the University of Bradford. Find details of all the university’s scholarships here.

Objectives

The objectives of the awards are:

  • to provide support for a Quaker registered for a degree in peace studies at any university in England and Wales;
  • to encourage more Quakers to study peace and the underlying causes of conflict;
  • to enhance the links between QPST and peace studies at the University;
  • to grow a young cohort of potential advocates for the work of QPST;
  • to develop links between the Awardee and the Trustees of QPST.

In return, the Trustees will provide both financial and pastoral support.

Eligibility

The Awards are intended for Quakers (members or attenders) who can demonstrate a commitment to the Religious Society of Friends in any country.

The Awards will only be given to those who have been accepted for study on a Peace Studies course for either an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree.

The Awardee will be asked to report periodically to QPST and to maintain contact with a Local Meeting so that the outcomes of their study can be propagated to a wider audience.

Amount of award

Awards will be up to £5,000 for any one year. The exact amount will depend on the circumstances of the applicant. The awards will be normally paid at the beginning of the academic year. Re-applications are welcomed.

The Awards can be used for maintenance or towards payment of fees.

Deadline

Application should be received by 1 June to be considered for the following academic year.

Selection

Selection will be partly by assessing the written application and then by interview so that trustees can meet the applicant. Interviews will normally be held in Bradford/London, or online. If applicants are overseas, the interviews will be by phone or internet. Expenses within the UK of attending the interviews will be reimbursed.

How to apply

Contact to Jeff Beatty for more information and to request an application form: qpst@quaker.org.uk, or telephone 01497 831 112

Eva Pinthus

Eva Pinthus was aged 14 when she arrived in England via a Kindertransport train from Germany in June 1939. A German Jew, she escaped the holocaust in which many of her family died. After the war, working as a Quaker and a pacifist, she often visited East Germany and for 30 years ran projects teaching conflict resolution and working with young people.

The seeds of her faith had been planted in Germany, where the suffering had persuaded her that everyone must have a faith, a belief, to survive. She studied theology at university and then taught in Liverpool, Manchester and Hull before moving to Leeds. She set up the urban education department at Beckett’s Park college. After taking early retirement in 1981, she devoted herself to voluntary Quaker work and particularly ecumenical relationships. She represented Quakers on the West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council for many years.

Eva Pinthus said, “As a Christian and a Quaker I believe that there is something of God in everybody. Anything that leads towards dislike and hatred of anyone who is different has to be to the detriment of the country as a whole.”

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