History of the Trust

The Lindemann Trust has offered Fellowships since March 1972, following a bequest to the English-Speaking Union from Brigadier Charles Lindemann. Born in Scotland, Brigadier Lindemann trained in Berlin as a physicist with his brother Frederick, Lord Cherwell (later prime scientific adviser to Winston Churchill), before serving in the British Army during the First World War, and at the British Embassy in Washington during the Second World War. In his will, Brigadier Lindemann directed that his residual estate be used to assist students with outstanding potential to become distinguished scholars or teachers in their chosen field.


Lindemann Fellowships continue to be awarded to British citizens and citizens of Commonwealth countries normally resident in the United Kingdom. Recent Fellows have pursued research at universities and research institutions across the USA, including Harvard, Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Scripps Research Institute.