Supporting innovative, forward-thinking ideas in science, technology, the humanities and philosophy, the Philomathia Foundation offers several undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral research fellowships and scholarships at the University of California (Berkeley), the University of Cambridge, McMaster University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
University of California, Berkley
The Philomathia Foundation’s philanthropic relationship with UC Berkeley began in 2001 with a gift to support the building of the university’s East Asian Library. The Foundation established the Chang-Lin Tien Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Sciences in 2004 in commemoration of Chang-Lin Tien, a dear friend and the campus’ late chancellor. Shortly thereafter, an endowment was provided for alternative energy research at Berkeley. This was followed by the establishment of the Philomathia Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy. The Foundation provided urther funding to support the establishment of the Berkeley Environment and Climate Institute (BECI) and all the programs were consolidated into the Philomathia Center in 2012.
University of Cambridge
To complement its scientific research programs at UC Berkeley, the Philomathia Foundation sought a partner to assist with the humanities side of its mandate: the promotion of human values in education and research. The Foundation chose the University of Cambridge as this partner in 2007, providing a generous financial gift to establish the Philomathia Fellows Program at Trinity Hall. This funding helped the college recruit a pair of outstanding young professors: Dr. Isabelle McNeill, Philomathia Fellow in French; and Dr. Alistair Fraser, Philomathia Fellow in African Politics. Also supported through this funding was the creation of a post-doctoral research associate position to study inheritance, families and the market in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain; and various forums and symposia on topics such as human values and intergenerational justice.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
As most of the Chung brothers were born and educated in Hong Kong, CUHK’s vice chancellor asked the Philomathia Foundation to assist with the establishment of the university’s Research Centre for Human Values.
The Philomathia Foundation’s relationship with McMaster University started in 1972 when Wilfred Chung attended the school for his undergraduate studies. Over the years, Wilfred has made a number of personal donations to support McMaster students, including the Chung Family Bursary and the Dawson Prize in Chemistry, named in honour of his undergraduate mentor.