Scholarships, bursaries and fellowships Scholarships, bursaries and fellowships

British Federation of Women Graduates Foundation grants

These help women graduates with their living expenses while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain. Grants contribute towards living expenses for one year.

Deadline: 22 February 2017 (requests for applications are due by 22 February; full applications are due by 1 March 2017.  This call is repeated once a year).


British Federation of Women Graduates Emergency Grants

These support women graduate students who face an unforeseen financial crisis while engaged in study or research. Grants are one-off payments to assist with completion of an academic year’s work.

Deadline: 11 May 2017 (this call is repeated 2 times a year).

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.  Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

Dorothy Hodgkin OM FRS (1910-1994) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964 (copyright Godfrey Argent Studio). This scheme offers holders the opportunity to:

  • hold appointments on a part-time basis or convert from full-time to part-time and back again to help match work and other commitments, such as parental or caring responsibilities etc.
  • claim back time spent deferring the fellowship and/or working part-time at the end of the fellowship.
  • claim limited funds for family support where these can be justified on scientific grounds, e.g. the cost of child care during a conference or collaborative visit abroad (those funds can be applied for during the Fellowship).

Rosalind Franklin Award

 This award is made to support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The award is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and is named in honour of the biophysicist Rosalind Franklin, who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA.  The first award was made in 2003.

The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a grant of £30,000.  The recipient of the award is expected to spend a proportion of the grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEM in their host institution and/or field of expertise in the UK.

There are no restrictions on the age of nominees, though it is anticipated that the award will be made to an individual in mid-career, with a maximum of 20 years post PhD or equivalent.  The winner is called upon to deliver a lecture at the Society.

L'Óreal ‘ UNESCO – For women in Science Programme

Over 17 years ago, L'Oréal and UNESCO founded the For Women in Science programme to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science. Each year, the programme recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists across the globe and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research.  Since the programme was founded in 1998, more than 2000 women in over 100 countries have been recognised for their research and received funding to further their careers.