Stephen Hawking fellowships set up for 50 students

The BBC is reporting that up to 50 “exceptional” students are to be given financial support in the form of fellowships set up to honour Professor Stephen Hawking.

The renowned physicist died in March, at the age of 76, after a long battle with motor neurone disease.

Ten UK Research and Innovation Stephen Hawking Fellowships will be awarded for the next five years in the fields of maths, physics and computer sciences.

Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: “[They] will allow exceptional graduate students in maths, physics and computer science in institutions across the UK to take their work even further.”

The funding will allow the students to continue their work in any UK institution for up to three years.

The fellowships were created in consultation with the professor’s family, who said: “We are thrilled that these fellowships will be named after him and see this as a great tribute to his life in science.”

His ashes will be interred between Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin during a service of thanksgiving for his life at Westminster Abbey in London on 15 June.

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