Entries for 2017 have closed and details of the next competition will be published early in 2018

British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) Scholarships
 Guidance for 2017 applicants

1. BFWG Scholarships (Academic Awards) are awarded in competition on the basis of overall academic excellence. In effect they are prizes for outstanding 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).

2. 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 n October/November 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 July/ August of each year and awards are given out in October/November.

3. 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 2014 and October 31st 201 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 2018 at the earliest. To be eligible, fees for the year from October 2017 must be paid or covered by available funds or waived by the university. Applications close on Friday March 24th 2017.

4. 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.

5. Am I eligible to apply? Click here to find out.

Only email applications will be accepted. To make an application for a BFWG award, download and complete the application form.  Email this back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  giving the subject heading of your email ‘AWARD APPLICATION’ and at the same time ensure that you have followed the instructions for sending a £20 non-refundable administration fee through PayPal as described on the form. Please make sure that you record the reference number of your PayPal transaction, the date of the transaction and the name on the Paypal account from which the payment is made if this is not yourself or if it is under a different name from the one you use on your application form.  (This is to clarify who has sent a payment We do not use the information for anything else).

To complete the process of application check:

6. That you have made your £20 Paypal payment.


7. That you have completed the application form. Click here to download an application form. Please include the 2000 word summary of your research as part of the application file and do not send it in a separate file

8. That you have asked your two academic referees for permission to use their names and have emailed/given them the information provided for referees see Advice to Referees. Please make sure they understand this application is for a BFWG Scholarship and ask them to email their references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject title ‘REFERENCE’ followed by your name before the closing date for applications (March 24th 2017).

9. We do acknowledge all applications received but this can take some days if we are getting a great many applications. Please do NOT write asking if we have received your application unless it is over two weeks since you sent the application and you have not had an acknowledgement. The same applies to the referee reports – we acknowledge all we receive but the process may take some days.

10. Shortlisted candidates will be informed probably before the end of June but shortlisting has been severely delayed in the past few years due to the number of applications (and sometimes chasing up missing references so please do encourage your referees to write before the closing date). Those candidates shortlisted will be asked to give a presentation in BFWG’s London headquarters in July or possibly August. If you are unavailable on the relevant date we do our best to make alternative arrangements such as a Skype interview. At the interview those candidates shortlisted will be asked to speak for eight minutes on their research 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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