Brettschneider Fund established at New College providing exchange opportunities with Cornell University

The New College logo and the Cornell University logo

New College has received a generous donation to supplement the existing support that it receives from the University of Oxford Brettschneider Fund from benefactors Michael, Cathinka, Nicola and Jon Borkan. The awards, which aim to promote academic exchange between the universities of Oxford and Cornell, are open to both staff and students. New College, along with Merton, Pembroke, and Nuffield Colleges, all benefit from the University Fund.

Members of the New College community can apply for funding for activities including visiting Cornell for:

  • Workshops, conferences or seminars;
  • Summer schools;
  • Internships;
  • Archival or Library research;
  • Collaboration with Cornell researchers;
  • Thesis research; and
  • Staff exchanges.

Also, the New College fund is able to support Cornell visitors to New College so they can make use of broader college facilities. For example, a Professor from Cornell University could apply for funding to cover New College's SCR costs.

Benefactor, Mr Michael Borkan, came to Oxford as a Pembroke College student in the early 80s. Michael remarked that:

"I am delighted to enhance academic links between the universities of Oxford and Cornell and I hope both staff and students at New College will benefit from this exchange programme. The Fund is mirrored at Cornell University where I had the pleasure of studying as an undergraduate student. Being able to support members of the University of Oxford means a great deal to me as my experience at the University truly changed my life".

There are usually five to seven awards available through the Brettschneider Fund and interested parties should monitor the Fund's official web page for news regarding applications for the 23-24 cycle. If you are unsure whether your proposed activity is eligible, please email

Details of the application process for support from the additional College fund are circulated to all members of New College in Hilary Term.

Michael Borkan
Michael Borkan