Mr Alex Jacobson bequeathed to the College a sum of money to further the study of international law in the University of Cambridge. The sum so given has been designated the Jacobson Fund in his honour, and supports graduate scholarships for members of the College studying public or private international law. Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence. Preference is given to a member admitted to read for a doctoral degree, and a doctoral scholarship would be renewable for two years on evidence of satisfactory progress. In the absence of suitable doctoral candidates, smaller scholarships may be awarded to members reading for other graduate degrees where the programme of study relates significantly to public or private international law.
Current and prospective members of the College are eligible to apply for a Jacobson scholarship. Recent awards have been in the region of £9000 per annum for a single doctoral scholar. The value of any scholarship awarded will be reduced appropriately to take account of any payment from other sources. Candidates are expected to apply for state studentships or other research awards for which they may be eligible. In the case of candidates not already members of the College, preference will be given to those who designate St Catharine’s College first on their university application.
The current Jacobson scholar is Mr Massimo Lando, who commenced reading for a PhD in public international law in Michaelmas Term 2014. The College does not expect to elect a Jacobson scholar for study commencing in 2015.