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Tammy Chen Fund

The Tammy Chen Graduate Bursary Fund

The College wishes to establish a fund in memory of one of our graduate students, Tammy Chen. Caius PhD student Tammy Chen was killed in a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso on 13 August 2017. Tammy, a Canadian, was finishing a PhD at Caius in International Development, focusing on poverty, gender and women’s empowerment. The Master, Professor Sir Alan Fersht, paid tribute to her as "an exceptional woman, very active in the Caius graduate community and passionate about her research and helping people. She had so much to offer the world and it is a tragedy for her to be lost so young."

From 2011, Tammy co-founded and ran a Canadian registered charity called Bright Futures of Burkina Faso, which sought to extend both education and microcredits to women in some of the poorest parts of the world. During her time at Caius, she gave a memorable and inspiring talk to graduates and Fellows on how the shea butter industry was empowering women in Burkina Faso.

The College aims to set up a graduate studentship in Tammy’s name to encourage future students to make an impact at Caius and in the wider world. The Tammy Chen Fund will support students in the Humanities at Caius who will be known as “Tammy Chen Graduate Students”. The studentships will be open to anyone in the world, provided they show the requisite academic merit.

Donations are invited from members of the Caius community and beyond. The College hopes that the first Tammy Chen Graduate Student will begin their studies at Caius in October 2018.

Direct Debit Donation Form

Credit Card Donation Form

Cheques should be made payable to "Gonville & Caius College Development Account" and sent to:
The Director of Development
Gonville & Caius College
Trinity Street
Cambridge CB2 1TA