Grants, Bursaries & Fellowships

We provide grants, bursaries and fellowships to women graduates to help with living expenses, financial crisis and other areas of their education.

Foundation Grants

​Foundation Grants are designed to help women graduates in the final year of a PhD or DPhil with their living expenses. We do not provide funds to cover fees. To be eligible you must be registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain and doing the bulk of your study in Great Britain. Foundation Grants can be up to £6,000 and are awarded in July for the following academic year.

Key facts

  • For women graduates in the final year of their PhD or DPhil
  • Helps with living expenses, not fees
  • Grants available up to £6,000

Eligibility Criteria

The criteria for awarding Grants are the proven needs of the applicant and her academic calibre. Competition is very great so not all qualifying applicants will receive a Grant. These are offered on a needs basis therefore not all grants will be for the maximum sum quoted or requested.

  • Women graduates from Great Britain and overseas are eligible to apply.
  • They must be registered for study at an institution in Great Britain and resident in Great Britain during their final fee paying or writing up year of PhD or DPhil.
  • Any subject or field of study will be considered.
  • There is no upper age limit.
  • Evidence of ability to pay fees is required.
  • Students reading for a part-time PhD or DPhil will be eligible to apply from their third year onwards.
  • The Grants will be a contribution towards living expenses for one year’s academic study or research.
  • The amount of the Foundation Grant awarded will be decided by FfWG.
  • Grant holders must submit a written report at the end of the academic year for which the grant was awarded.

Open for applications from:
1 November 2021

Closing date for applications:
March 2022

Results:
July 2022

Applications currently closed. Please come back after 1 November 2021 to apply.

Emergency Grants

Emergency Grants provide support for graduate women who face an unforeseen financial crisis whilst engaged in study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain. They can be up to £2,500 and are awarded in May and November.

Applications will be considered from women of any age or nationality and any subject or field of study.

Key facts

  • For unforeseen financial crisis
  • Grants available up to £2,500
  • Awarded twice per year, in May and November.

Eligibility Criteria

You must be registered for study and resident in Great Britain during your study period.

  • Women Graduates from Great Britain and overseas are eligible to apply.
  • There is no upper age limit.
  • Evidence of ability to pay fees is required.
  • An Emergency grant is not a ‘top up’ award; most students are short of money.
  •  These are one-off payments to assist with completion of an academic year’s work.
  • You must have completed at least six months of the course before applying.

Key dates: Emergency Grants Autumn 2021

Open for applications from:
25 August 2021

Closing date for applications:
4 October 2021

Results:
30 November 2021

Key dates: Emergency Grants Spring 2022

Open for applications from:
5 March 2022

Closing date for applications:
18 May 2022

Results:
2 July 2022

Applications currently closed. Please come back after 5 March 2022 to apply.

Theodora Bosanquet Bursary

This Bursary was founded in memory of the writer and administrator Theodora Bosanquet, MBE, BSc (London), (1881 – 1961). It is offered annually to female postgraduate students whose research is in History or English Literature and who require a short residence in London in the summer.  It provides accommodation (only) for up to 4 weeks between mid-June and mid-September.  Women postgraduate students, of any age, from Great Britain and overseas are eligible to apply. Applicants are required to provide information on their qualifications, research topic and the need for the Bursary and should give contact details of two referees. The closing date is 31 October of the preceding year and two bursaries are awarded each year.

Key facts

  • For female postgraduate students whose research is in History or English Literature and who require a short residence in London in the summer.
  • Provides accommodation only.

Open for applications from:
31 August 2021

Closing date for applications:
31 October 2021

Results:
28 February 2022

International Fellowship

An International Fellowship is awarded every three years for £6,000 (2022). The FfWG Fellowship award is administered by Graduate Women International (GWI) NOT FfWG and we cannot answer queries about these awards. GWI is based in Geneva and further information about this Fellowship is given on the GWI website https://graduatewomen.org/what-we-do/grants-fellowships/. The last Fellowship was given in 2019 and the next is due to be awarded in 2022. The award is aimed at post first year PhD students studying at a British university but from any country. The topic is not stipulated but is usually deemed of merit if it falls within the aims and objectives of GWI and the British Federation of University Women. This included Empowering women and girls through lifelong education and the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. GWI has consultative status with the UN through UNESCO. The applications are submitted online and the successful candidate is notified in the summer of the year specified. A list of previous winners is available on the GWI website.

Key facts

  • One award of £6,000 awarded every three years.
  • Aimed at post first year PhD students studying at a British university.
  • Next due to be awarded in 2022.

Applications currently closed.

“The award of a Foundation Grant was tremendously important to me. I self-funded my PhD, largely through the generosity of my parents, but I supplemented this through part-time work in the college bar and some teaching, and applied to each and every source of funding I could identify. The Foundation Grant was one of a number of awards I received in my third year. As well as the obvious assistance it provided, I took it as a vote of confidence in my abilities and potential at a time of considerable anxiety and self-doubt.”

Dr Jenny Macleod
History, University of Cambridge

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