Alumni Fund USA: Priority areas
for fundraising and grant-making
Decisions about how the 'University of Sheffield in America' uses its donated funds to support students and education at the University of Sheffield are made by its volunteer Board of Directors.
The Board, which is made up entirely of alumni and donors, considers both the current needs of the University, as set out by our Vice-Chancellor, and the interests of our American donors, when setting its priorities for fundraising and grant-making:
Student Scholarship Fund
'Sheffield in America' has a long-established commitment to supporting students through bursaries and scholarships. Our Student Scholarship Fund is used to help students in three broad categories: undergraduate, postgraduate, and study abroad. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the University on the basis of merit and financial need.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund
Our Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund is used to provide salary and/or research budget to those undertaking post-doctoral work. This is a great way to help Sheffield’s early-career researchers, enrich our academic community, and support progress across many fields of study.
Fund for Environment and Sustainability
Our donors have shown a consistent appreciation for issues around Environment and Sustainability. This fund is dedicated to supporting research related to energy and sustainability, food production and security, and conservation and the environment. Much of this research fits within Sheffield’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, which was established with the US-based Grantham Foundation, which was itself set up by Sheffield alumnus Jeremy Grantham and his wife Hanne.
SITraN Fund for Neuroscience
The Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) is a world-leading research institute focusing on Motor Neuron Disease (MND) also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and other common neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Our SITraN Fund for Neuroscience supports the Institute and its research, taking discoveries from the lab into practical applications within hospitals.
These priority areas will give you a sense of how US donations are used, but they do not exclude other areas of interest. The Board remains at liberty to support any areas of work that benefit the University of Sheffield and its students, and our donors are welcome to suggest other uses for the American Alumni Fund or their own donation.