Foundation Grant

​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:
3 February 2022

Closing date for applications:
1 April 2022

July 2022

Applications currently closed.

“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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