Grants, Bursaries & Fellowships

Application Process


Applications are made online and applicants will be asked to provide information about the following:

  • University course with start and end dates
  • Number of children (if relevant)
  • Degrees and Qualifications
  • Employment Record
  • Reason for applying for a grant
  • How you financed the previous year 
  • Other funding sources applied to
  • Income and Expenditure
  • Contact details for two academic referees.
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Applications are assessed by a grant committee which comprises women from a range of backgrounds and subject areas, including representatives from the BfWG. The committee will consider the reason for the funding shortfall, the financial need and the referees report. There are always more applications than can be funded in any one year and the decision as to who should get funding is not an easy one as the majority of applicants have a genuine need for funding.

2021 main grant applications by research field

2021 main grants awarded by research field

2021 main grant applications by nationality

2021 main grants awarded by nationality

“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

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