Anglo-Danish Society – Eleven New Scholarship Recipients Awarded Grants Totalling £28,000

The Anglo-Danish Society continues to attract high calibre applicants for grants towards postgraduate studies in either the UK or Denmark. On top of a record fund allocation of £20,000 from own resources, the Ove Arup Foundation extended and doubled their grant commitment, and the Patron’s Fund made a gift in the wake of last year’s celebration of the ninetieth birthday of the Society’s patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

This year’s selection represents a wide range of subjects;-  architecture, film making, scientific research into environmental issues, philosophy, theology, and music. 


Karl Friis Forchhammer(Patron’s Fund scholarship) is a talented Danish documentary filmmaker who has won a place at Britain’s renowned National Film and Television School to study for an MA in Film and Television. He studied previously at the Czech film school FAMU, and gained experience interning for Danish television and filmmakers. 

Dominik Hoehn (Ove Arup Foundation Scholarship) is an anthropologist, currently undertaking a PhD in Social Anthropology at King’s College, University of Cambridge. His scholarship will support his anthropological fieldwork in Copenhagen as a visiting researcher at the Royal Danish Academy’s School of Architecture. 

Jordan Elizabeth McCrae (Ove Arup Foundation Scholarship) holds a degree in Architecture from University of Edinburgh.  Jordan is now studying for a Master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy’s School of Architecture. Working as part of a think-tank, she is in dialogue with the local authority on alternative housing development models that will provide better and cheaper housing. 

Samuel Black: With a B.Sc. in Marine Science from the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Edinburgh native Samuel Black moved to Copenhagen in 2016 to undertake a Master of Science in Climate Change at the University of Copenhagen. This M.Sc. is internationally unique in its combination of natural and social sciences as applied to climate change 

Pernille Sørensen Bols holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Copenhagen, and will be moving to the University of Oxford later this year to begin work on her DPhil in Organic Chemistry. Her doctorate will investigate the mechanisms of photosynthesis and the design of materials for solar power generation

Frederik Federspiel will be undertaking a PhD in Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His research focuses on improving the effectiveness and distribution of development assistance for controlling infectious diseases, with case studies in Burkina Faso and Zambia. Frederik holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master degree in medicine from the University of Copenhagen. 

Ciaran Gilbert is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where his research focuses on probabilistic wind power forecasting. His research aims to improve forecasting and thus support the reliable operation of future energy systems. His ADS scholarship will facilitate a period of research at DTU  (the Technical University of Denmark). 

Alexander Odgaard Heape is writing a D.Phil. thesis entitled ‘Altruism and Trust’ at the University of Oxford. His thesis draws on the insights of K. E. Løgstrup, and thus develops ideas from Danish philosophy within the Anglo-American tradition in moral philosophy. Alexander is a former student of Aarhus University, where he gained a BA in Philosophy and Mathematics and an MA in Philosophy. 

Elizabeth Xiao-an Li studies for a D.Phil. in Theology at the University of Oxford   researching the influence on Søren Kierkegaard of the Danish theologian and bishop Hans Lassen Martensen.  Elizabeth has already made her mark at Oxford, where her contributions to the life of the institution include convening a reading group on Modern European Thought, and working as a mentor for Widening Participation initiatives. 

William Jønch Pedersen is a Danish baritone who has won a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he will study for a Master’s in music and performance. He previously studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and has worked professionally as a singer for the Church of Denmark and Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir

Maike Hebogård Schӓfer will embark on an M.Sc. in African Development at the London School of Economics and Politics, with a focus on the role of the large informal sector in developing countries’ economies.  She is currently completing a Master’s in Economics at the University of Copenhagen and working part-time at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. In addition to a B.Sc. in Economics, Maike has a B.Sc. in Business, Language and Culture with French language at Copenhagen Business School. 


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