Imperial College of London has announced a gift of £5 million (nearly $6.5 million) from alumnus Richard Lee and the Hong Kong-based Lees Charitable Foundation for a clinical-academic training program at its Faculty of Medicine.
The gift will create the Lee Family — Faculty of Medicine Scholarship, an endowed program that will offer one full fellowship every two years to junior doctors for a three-year PhD program as part of their vocational training, enabling them to link a research experience to their clinical discipline. The first fellowship will be awarded during the 2018–19 academic year.
Several generations of the Lee family have studied at and supported the college. Richard Lee, the chairman of the Lees Charitable Foundation, received both a bachelor's degree and PhD in chemical engineering from Imperial in 1960, and over the past fifteen years the Lees Charitable Foundation has supported students and research at Imperial, donating to the Antimicrobial Resistance Collaborative and establishing the Lee Family Scholarship, which offers two fully funded PhD opportunities each year.
"Doctors who feel at home in the lab as well as the clinic play a vital role in translating scientific breakthroughs for patient benefit," said Gavin Screaton, dean of the Faculty of Medicine. "The mix of skills that doctors will gain through the Lee Family — Faculty of Medicine Scholarships will pave the way for them to make the very highest contribution to medicine. We offer our deepest thanks to the Lees Charitable Foundation for its support."