Grants, Bursaries & Fellowships
FfWG achieves its objectives by awarding grants to help women graduates with their living expenses while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain.The first grant was awarded in 1993 and since that year the Charity has awarded over £4.5 million to several thousand women students. The following gives details of some of the beneficiaries, all have given their written permission to be listed on the Charity’s website.
Reports from previous grant awardees
Without the grant I would basically be homeless by now. The grant has been essential for supplementing our cost of living and covering larger costs, such as buying heating oil. However, the greater impact feels as though it has given me a sense of stability and knowledge that I can support my family despite our unstable environment. When you are supported in this way, you are able to breathe a sigh of relief and believe that attaining your dreams, those you’ve worked so hard for, are a possibility.Qudra Goodall
University of East Anglia 2023
It is no exaggeration to say that I would not have made it through last year without the FfWG grantArmi Bayot
University of Oxford 2020
The grant was used on rent for an additional term of accommodation in London as I have a disability that would have made travelling to London for the work almost impossible. Due to the funding I secured University housing close to the department and was able to use the lab as needed.Eleanor Preston
University College London 2020
The grant significantly eased my financial hardship while I was conducting my research, as I had no income at all and would otherwise have struggled to pay my bills, tuition fees and visa costs. Due to the pandemic, the soaring cost of living and significant delays in my research, I would have needed one or more part-time jobs to afford rent and food, which would have distracted me from my PhD work. As an international student with no family or friends to rely on, I really can’t thank the FfWG enough for helping me get through this crisis.Ahlem Faraoun
University of Sussex 2023
The grant has been of enormous benefit to me. It provided me with financial stability, instilled a greater sense of purpose and motivation in my research, and has set me on a promising path for my future career. I am excited about what lies ahead, and I will always remain thankful for this critical support during my final year of study.Shuling Wang
University of Cambridge 2023
“I am very grateful to be a recipient of the FFWG grant, and it was of enormous benefit to me during a very stressful period of my life. The award allowed me to spend further time on my research and will allow me to consolidate it within an academic monologue. This year I have faced challenging personal circumstances. The award gave me the financial freedom to grieve and return to my studies with a fresh perspective, and I am very grateful for this.
The ability to make so much progress in my thesis has allowed me to secure a role as Research Associate in Law at Newcastle University and pursue my dream of being an academic in law”Rebecca Owens
Newcastle University 2021
“The grant enabled me to focus on successfully completing my lab work and thesis writing without the additional pressure of the financial burden of catering for the living expenses for myself and my two children. The grant also gave me the opportunity to join the BFWG and by extension the GWI which I am actively involved with now and has been of tremendous benefit to my career and personal development.”Jessica Lenka
University of Salford 2022
“As a student who is largely self-funding, with only partial scholarships, this grant relieved an enormous burden. Freed up from the obligation to work extra hours to cover my expenses, I was able to rededicate that time to my studies. I am confident that I would not have made such significant strides in the past year without this support“Michaela Coplen
University of Oxford 2022
“The funds helped me focus on my research work and was useful for my household bills, feeding and getting other necessities for myself and my children. I made tremendous progress on my research work and will be submitting by the end of October 2022. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to complete my work, and not having to worry about money issues. My family and I are grateful.”Nnenne Uzoigwe
Lancaster University 2022
“The grant was critical in financially supporting me whilst I wrote up my PhD thesis and produced a thesis of high quality. The grant also gave me the opportunity to write a manuscript for publication alongside writing the thesis, respond to peer-reviewer comments and ensure the manuscript was accepted for publication. In enabling me to complete my PhD and publish an additional high-impact manuscript, the grant aided my application for a post-doctoral research associate position at The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, Cambridge University, which I have very recently begun. The grant has therefore hugely helped me to build my aspired career in academia.”Dr Alessandra Giusti
Kings College London 2022
“I was struggling to financially support myself alongside my Master of Architecture, an intensive two-year taught master’s programme at University College London. The course is world-renowned and highly competitive, with a demanding workload. My financial difficulties arose with the combination of Covid and personal family circumstances, where I was unable to work part-time to further support myself in addition to student loans. Thanks to the emergency grant, I was able to take the final month off work leading up to the end of the degree, to focus solely on my studies. Last week I received my final results, achieving a Distinction for the Master of Architecture. I am incredibly proud of myself and relieved that after such challenging events, the hard work paid off. I look forward to beginning my career in architecture.”Bessie Holloway Davies
University College London 2022
The support of the Funds for Women Graduates has been invaluable for enabling work towards the completion of my thesis.
As the first woman in my family to enter post-16 education, and then to go on to win academic prizes at Cambridge and competitive research council and international fellowship funds, I could not be more grateful for Funds for Women Graduates’ support to continue work at an international level, especially whilst environmental challenges that impact disabled researchers, including those around the recent pandemic, make it increasingly hard to remain part of the conversation.
I am proud to be supported by Funds for Women Graduates for my research, which includes the soon to be published first extended study of the processes of writing with work-related upper limb disorder, as both this condition and my rare developmental disability to which it is secondary, are particularly prevalent, under supported and underdiagnosed in women. This work would not have been possible without Funds for Women Graduates’ support.
My work in the transdisciplinary environmental humanities on the subject of gleaning has been published in some of the field’s top international journals, and praised for methodologically innovative thought leadership in its analysis of the climate crisis and creative contribution to a new and important body of theory.
Funds for Women Graduates has substantially offset the costs of essential evidence-based physiotherapy treatment for managing work-related upper limb disorder and maintaining my fitness to study, which is no longer provided by the NHS. In a political environment that constructs reasons to say ‘no’ to even the most basic needs of postgraduates with disabilities, the support of the Fund for Women Graduates has provided the brilliant morale boost of a ‘yes’.Natalie Joelle Landow Mott
Birkbeck College 2020
“I received my Foundation Grant as I neared the completion of my PhD. It was extremely helpful to me as I was able to complete my thesis within my desired time frame. After completing my PhD, I enjoyed six years working in Cambridge’s thriving IT industry. Although few pure mathematicians can claim to have used their research outside of academia,I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work for Spatial Technology Ltd. I continue to work for them as a contractor back home in New Zealand.”Dr Audrey Tan Hayes
DPMMS, University of Cambridge
“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
“The grant I received was extremely necessary. It went towards funding my Cambridge subsistence. My major funding at the time was from South Africa and the Rand had devalued strongly making it difficult for me to make ends meet. Without the grant I would have had to finish my thesis back home, which would not have made life very easy. I was always very fond of my grant for what it represented (I am a gender studies scholar) and because it allowed me to eat!”Dr Natasha Erlank
History, University of Cambridge
“At the time my grant gave me the freedom to focus on my studies. It meant I could concentrate on finishing my research and writing up my results without fretting too much over how big my overdraft was! The completion of my PhD was essential for my career and my first job as a geoscientist with Shell International in the Hague.”Dr Stephanie Baldwin
Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
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....