Kostas Gravanis on the Registry lawn

Kostas Gravanis

Kostas, an Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholar, has been able to complete the PhD of his dreams thanks to the generosity of our alumni.

It was his love for Italian Renaissance art and, especially, a passion for Raphael’s frescoes in the Vatican Palace which led Kostas Gravanis to study at Kent.

“When I first found out that the University offered a Master’s programme in History of Art with a term in Rome, the decision to come to Kent for my studies was instant!”

Thanks to generous funding from alumni via the Kent Opportunity Fund, Kostas was granted an Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship and was able to undertake two years of study for his PhD based at the Canterbury campus and a year in Rome.

Kostas Gravanis in the Vatican Palace

Rome is an extremely lively city with overwhelming history and culture waiting for you in every street and every corner. The greatest highlight was certainly my first visit to Raphael’s Stanze and the Sistine Chapel, a truly unmatched experience.

"The Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship enabled me to undertake the PhD of my dreams as a full-time student. It not only helped me to fully focus on my research but it also gave me the opportunity to gain teaching experience."

"Receiving such an award fills you with both pride and humbleness, but it also creates a sense of responsibility towards the University’s donors for producing innovative research outcomes of the highest quality."
"I cannot thank you enough!"

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