British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) Scholarships
Guidance for 2016 applicants
BFWG Scholarships (Academic Awards) are awarded in competition on the basis of overall academic excellence. They are not intended to meet financial need. If you are looking primarily for help with living expenses (fees must be paid) please go to Funds for Women Graduates (www.ffwg.org.uk) which is run TOTALLY INDEPENDENTLY of the BFWG Scholarships programme. You are entitled to apply both for BFWG scholarships and for FFWG grants but the application processes and addresses to which applications and references should be sent are totally different (see www.ffwg.org.uk for the Funds for Women Graduates eligibility and application process).
The British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships are for women who will be in their third year of doctoral studies or part time equivalent at the time when the awards are given out (the autumn of each year). The awards are given on the basis of evidence of academic excellence as shown on the application form, referee reports and, for those shortlisted, brief presentations of their research to a panel of academics. The amounts offered in awards range upwards from £1000 with the average award being around £3000 and the maximum being £6000. The number of awards made each year depends on the funds available and on the quality of the applications but six to ten awards are usually given. The final selection is made in June/July of each year and awards are given out in October/November.
To be eligible to apply for a BFWG award for the year 2016/17 you must be: A female postgraduate student who commenced full time doctoral studies (PhD, DPhil, DMus etc.) between September 1st 2013 and October 31st 2014 or a part time student at an equivalent stage of her studies. You must be registered at a university in England, Wales or Scotland (not Northern Ireland). Awards are given to help with on-going doctoral work rather than as prizes at the end of doctoral studies so please do not apply if you expect to submit your thesis before the end of February 2017 at the earliest. To be eligible, fees for the year from October 2016 must be paid or covered by available funds or waived by the university. Applications close on Friday March 18th 2016.
You can only make an application for a BFWG scholarship once. However, if you are a holder now, or in the past, of a Funds for Women Graduates/FfWG/BFWG Charitable Foundation grant or if you are applying for an FfWG grant this year, you may also apply for a BFWG scholarship provided you meet the BFWG Scholarship eligibility criteria.
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Shortlisted candidates will be informed before the end of June. If shortlisted, you will be asked to give a presentation in BFWG’s London headquarters in late June or early July. (If you are unavailable on the relevant date we do our best to make alternative arrangements). At this interview you will be allowed to speak for eight minutes on your research and this will be followed by questions from the interviewing panel of academics. Throughout the application assessment, the criteria for making awards are a student’s overall academic excellence, quality of research and ability to communicate this.
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