On International Day of the Girl, GWI celebrates girls’s potential as future professionals and indispensible agents in the building of a more equal and sustainable future

Current Calls for

Applications are now being accepted for the Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship. Instructions and link to the form are HERE. Deadline the apply is 1 December 2018. Call for 2019 Workshops information is HERE. Deadline to apply is 11 January 2019. Call for Resolutions for the 33rd Triennial information is HERE. Deadline to apply is 2 February 2019.


Interdisciplinary Seminar Papers and Posters information is HERE. Deadline to apply is 31 October 2018.

Women’s Early Careers in Academia. BFWG and LSE joint meeting October 10th 2018. Patrice Wellesley-Cole , Professor Stephanie Spencer, Dr Gillian Hilton


Women in Academic Life – their stories then and now

We need YOUR HELP please, with a BFWG Research Project to undertake research into the lives of women in academic employment and their experiences. Much discussion occurs and articles are written over the lack of equity in earnings between women and men, the burdens and expectations placed on women with families, whose ability to move jobs is limited by their partner’s position and by sexism in the workplace.

We invite Independents to be part of this project.
A volunteer from Southern Region Independents is requested to be part of this exciting project.

Friendly competition to practise research

Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Chester signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Jenny Morley, a former BFWG President, that is enabling an Afghani student to study at The University of Chester for a PhD.

Awards and prizes

The British Federation of Women Graduates supports and offers a range of awards and prizes each year.

Call for the Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship award

The Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship award is the equivalent of 12,000 Swiss francs. The winner will be announced at the Peace through Education Triennial conference in July 2019.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 December 2018.

BFWG Awards

BFWG Prizes are awarded in competition to female 3rd Year Ph.D. students of any nationality studying at a British University. Competition opens January 2019; closes March 2019 * 3rd Year Ph.D. Students can apply for a BFWG and a FfW

FfWG Awards

FfWG offers Foundation Grants to help with living expenses (not fees) to 3rd Year Ph.D. students while registered for study at an approved higher education institution in Great Britain. Closing Date March 2019

FfWG Emergency Grants

FfWG also offers Emergency Grants in May and September for Ph.D. students who face an unforeseen financial crisis (not fees).  Closing date May Eligibility: must be studying at an approved institution.

North West Travel Bursary

BFWG North West offers a bursary by competition of £500 to enable a Ph.D. student to attend a conference relevant to her studies or research in 1919. Closing Date December 2019

International Fellowships

GWI International Fellowships are awarded by GWI to Ph.D. graduates for postgraduate research, study and training.   The Hegg Hoffet Fund assists graduates who been displaced as a result of war, political upheaval or emergency.

Research Presentation Day

RPD Day is an Annual event in May that gives 3rd Year Ph.D. students of any discipline studying at a British University the chance to compete for £120 Prize. Closing date: March

You do not need to be a member to apply for these Awards.

Would you like to help?

The British Federation of Women Graduates brings women together locally, nationally and internationally and helps women worldwide to exercise their right to education and economic independence.

Our Next Event

Women’s Academic Career Progression Seminar

29th January 2019 at Harper Adams University, Edgmond, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB Come to spend time to be inspired, to learn how to progress in academia, to network and to take some precious time out to think and plan your own career.

The BFWG is a diverse organisation aiming to be the voice of women graduates in England and Wales. It is part of a large International Graduate community that promotes the necessity of providing education for women and girls everywhere. Through education women are empowered to better standards of living and gain their rightful place in building society.

BFWG support helped me to bring together postgraduate women within the UK and Europe and collectively build skills in employability.

Siobhan Gardiner

PhD student & founder of the female researcher network, FeRN

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

On International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Graduate Women International (GWI) calls attention to the transformative power of women’s and girls’ education and its ability to break the cycle of poverty around the world.

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Women’s Early Careers in Academia

Experienced women academics shared insights regarding the early development and progression of careers in academia, from both their own career experience and from their research and leadership experience in academic institutions at an event hosted in the PhD Academy by LSE Careers on 10 October 2018.

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GWISB CIRs and Presidents

CIRs and Presidents of GWISB 22nd September Manchester L-r: Catriona Sutherland (CIR Scotland) Mary Morrissey (President of Irish Federation) Maire O’Connell (CIR Ireland)Fiona Sutherland (President Graduate Women Scotland)Patrice Wellesley-Cole (President of British...

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Sybil Campbell Collection is now an Independent Trust

On 1st January 2011 the Sybil Campbell Collection Trust became independent. Although very closely linked to BFWG it is now owned by the Sybil Campbell Collection Trustees. At a special meeting on 11th July 2010 members of Executive, as Directors of BFWG, voted unanimously that the Sybil Campbell Collection Trust should be separated from the Scholarship Trust and become a separate charity.

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GWI 33rd Triennial and Centenary Conference

‘Peace through Education’

Call for Workshops

This is the First and Only Call for Workshops on one or more of the 5 sub-themes for the Conference.
Workshop date:: 27 JULY 2019
Deadline for submitting Workshop abstracts: FRIDAY, 11 JANUARY 2019
GWI 33rd Triennial and Centenary Conference
Geneva, 25 – 28 July 2019

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