BFWG Awards

BFWG Academic Awards

BFWG Academic Awards are offered to women postgraduate students on research doctoral programmes at higher education institutions in Great Britain.

The 2021 round for Academic Awards is now closed.

Details of the 2021 Awardees will be published towards the end of October 2021

Watch out updates about the 2022 Awards for doctoral students going into their final year in Autumn 2022

Am I eligible to apply for a BFWG Academic award?

The following Q & A may help you decide if you are eligible to apply for a BFWG Academic Award.

If you have to answer ‘No’ to ANY question, then you should NOT apply.

1. Are you working towards a research doctorate (PhD, DPhil, DMus etc)?

(Students studying for a professional doctorate or any form or Masters degree are NOT eligible).

Yes: proceed to Q2
No: you are not eligible

2. Are you registered for your doctorate at a university in England, Wales or Scotland?

Yes: proceed to Q3
No: you are not eligible

3. Are you at least temporarily resident in England, Wales or Scotland?

Yes: proceed to Q4.
No: you are not eligible: We are unable to accept applications from distance learners overseas.

4. Did you begin full time* doctoral studies between September 1st 2018 and October 31st 2019?

Yes, proceed to Q5
No: full time students commencing outside these dates are not usually eligible** (see second paragraph in red below).

*Please note if you are a part time student these dates may not apply and you may wish to ask BFWG at If you think your period of studies fits in with this being the full time equivalent of the third year of doctoral studies in September/October 2021 you may be eligible

**If you began a fulltime doctorate between 1st November 2019 and the end of March 2020 we may be able to accept you as eligible under certain circumstances but please get in touch with us through BEFORE submitting an application.

5. Do you expect to be still be working on preparation of your thesis at the end of February 2022?

Yes, proceed to Q6
No. You are not eligible. We intend our awards to be for those with a significant period of their doctoral work ahead of them rather than giving the award to those who finish in the next three months.

If in doubt contact

6. Will your fees from October 2021 be covered, waived or payable?

Yes: proceed to Q7
No: you will not be eligible as your fees must be paid before you can receive an award

7. Is this the first time you have applied for a BFWG Award?

(Please note that we are referring to BFWG Awards (previously known as scholarships / prizes) here. Those who are applying for, or who are present or past holders of grants from Funds for Women Graduates (FfWG) may also apply for BFWG awards provide they meet our other eligibility criteria).

If Yes, then proceed to Q8.
If No, you are not eligible if you have applied for a BFWG Awards (previously known as scholarship / prizes) before.

8. Can you afford the £25 administration fee that goes with the application? This fee is not refundable.

Yes: if you have answered to this and all the other questions as ‘yes’ also, then please apply
No: if you cannot afford the administration fee, please do not apply.



Guidance for 2021 applicants

1. BFWG 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 ( which is run TOTALLY INDEPENDENTLY of the BFWG academic awards programme. You are entitled to apply both for BFWG academic awards and for FFWG grants but the application processes and addresses to which applications and references should be sent are totally different (see for the Funds for Women Graduates eligibility and application process). Please make this clear to your referees.

2. The British Federation of Women Graduates academic awards are for women who will be in, or going into, their third year of doctoral research or part time equivalent at the time when the awards are given out in October/November of each year. We regret those studying for professional doctorates are not eligible. 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.

3. To be eligible to apply for a BFWG award for the year 2021/22 you must be: A woman postgraduate student who commenced full time doctoral studies (PhD, DPhil, DMus etc.) between September 1st 2018 and October 31st 2019* or a part time student at an equivalent stage of her studies. If you are a part time student, please discuss with to determine if you are eligible. 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 awards at the end of doctoral studies so please do not apply if you expect to submit your thesis before the end of February 2022. Awards are not given out unless fees for the year commencing October 2021 have been paid, covered by available funds or waived by the university. Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 28th February 2021

* If you began a full time doctoral course between November 1st 2019 and March 31st 2020 you may wish to discuss possible eligibility with us via

4. You can only make an application for a BFWG academic award 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 academic award if you meet our eligibility criteria.

5. Am I eligible to apply? Click ELIGIBILITY to find out.
Only email applications will be accepted. To make an application for a BFWG academic award, download and complete the APPLICATION FORM. Email this back to giving the subject heading of your email ‘AWARD APPLICATION’ and at the same time ensure that you have followed the instructions for sending the £25 non-refundable administration fee through PayPal (see button below) 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 this information for anything else).

To complete the process of application check:

That you have made your £25 Paypal payment. Please pay using the PayPal button below

That you have completed the 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
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 GUIDANCE FOR REFEREES. Please make sure they understand this application is for a BFWG academic award and ask them to email their references to with the subject title ‘REFERENCE’ followed by your name before the closing date for applications (28th February 2021)

6. 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.

7. 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 at BFWG’s London headquarters in June/July 2021. If you are unavailable on the relevant date we do our best to make alternative arrangements such as a Skype interview. (In 2020 all shortlisted students were interviewed over Zoom but we hope that will not be necessary in 2021). 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.

If you have queries please get in touch with us on:

Guidance for Referees

Please note that it would be very helpful to the process of finding assessors for applications if you are able to suggest a couple of academics in your candidate’s field whom we might approach as possible assessors in this or future years. (We would not necessarily use them to assess your candidate).

GENERAL.  Thank you very much indeed for writing in support of your student’s application for a BFWG Academic Award. BFWG gives its awards on the basis of overall academic excellence. If your student is looking primarily for funds to meet a financial need, it may be more appropriate for her to apply to Funds for Women Graduates which selects grant holders on the basis of financial need. Students are welcome to apply for both a BFWG Academic Award and a FFWG Grant but the processes run independently and the addresses to which applications/references etc should be sent are NOT the same. Funds for Women Graduates is interested in the financial needs of the student as well as her capabilities. BFWG Academic Awards are given solely on the basis of academic merit not financial need so you may wish to give a different emphasis to your references if you are being asked to write to both organisations. BFWG Academic Awards – the awards we are considering here - reward outstanding academic excellence as shown by past achievements, progress of doctoral research, outreach activities, referees’ comments and ability to communicate the research if shortlisted for interview. 

THE REFERENCE.  In her application each student is asked to give a 2000 word summary of her research; the progress of her thesis with details of the overall hypothesis, methodologies, likely contribution to knowledge, progress to date; and what is required to complete the Doctorate.

We are hoping for your views on the student’s academic progress, her capacity for independent judgment and innovative research, the progress of her thesis as well as your comments on her overall personality as you feel relevant.  Please could you indicate how long and in what capacity you have known the student.  If the student has not yet upgraded from Masters to Doctorate status it would be helpful if you could indicate when this is likely to happen.  Our awards are given to doctoral students who will be going into, or are in, their third year of doctoral studies (or equivalent in the case of part time students) in the autumn of 2021 but we do not expect them to be submitting before the end of February 2022, at the earliest, as the awards are intended to help them in their present research rather than as a prize at the end of the process. (Students beginning their doctoral studies between the beginning of November 2019 and the end of March 2020 may be eligible but should get in touch with us to discuss this at Where possible, please can you assure us of the student’s likely registration with their university for the year from October 2021 since awards are not given out until the Autumn of each year. Data Protection Law requires that a student is entitled to see the reference if she requests this. (It would be unusual for that to happen).

THE PROCESS. In 2020, out of 186 applications, 55 students were considered for shortlisting; 18 were interviewed and 11 Awards totalling £30,000 were made. Shortlisted students present their work at interview usually in June/July in person or via Skype. (In 2020 all presented via Zoom).  Awards are not given out before the Autumn (October/November).  Individual awards average around £3000 but may be up to £6000. It is now 108 years since BFWG first gave an award to a woman postgraduate.

Closing date for applications is 28th February 2021.  Please send your reference as early as practical since submissions sent near the closing date are liable to be mislaid in an overflowing mailbox.

Sending the reference:  Please send your reference by email in pdf form to   We do appreciate references with your department/institution’s header, the name of the candidate clearly at the top of the reference and your own affiliation on the reference. Please put: REFERENCE and the student’s full name as the ‘subject’ of the email.


Downloadable Forms and Guidelines

Please make sure to pay the £25.00 application fee

(Please note this fee is non refundable)

2020 Award Winners

The Majorie Shaw Prize

Dr Majorie Shaw was Senior Lecturer in the Department of French at Sheffield University, and warden of a hall of residence. She was a member of the Academic Awards Committee and a Vice-President of the Federation.

Grahaigh Cordwell, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

£4,000 scholarship awarded for research into:

 Music, Humanitarianism & the Syrian refugee experience.

Kathleen Hall Prize

Dr Kathleen Hall had a particular interest in the education of girls and women in or from countries of low per capita income. She was secretary of the Academic Awards Committee.

Julia Modern, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

£4,000 scholarship awarded for research into

The Disability Rights Movement in Bunyoro, Uganda:  Human Rights, Value and Negotiations of Belonging.

Eila Campbell Prize

Eila Campbell (1915-1994) was a leading figure in the study of Geography, and in BFUW. She became a long-standing member of the Academic Awards Committee. She was a stalwart of Birkbeck College, starting as an undergraduate while working as a teacher. She liked to boast that there was no job in the Department of Geography that she had not tackled, working her way through posts as demonstrator, assistant lecturer, full lecturer, and in 1970 Professor of Geography and Head of Department and, after retirement, Emeritus Professor.

Nefeli Pirée Iliou, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford/p>

£4,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Constructing Roman Rural Estate in a north western Greek setting.  Rural economy and society in Roman Epirus ca. 2nd Century BC to 4th Century AD.

M H Joseph Prize

Miss Helen Joseph was an early graduate of Bedford College, London, and set up a prize for students of architecture or engineering in 1962.

Catherine Richards, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

£4,000 scholarship awarded for research into

The existential threat of climate change, societal collapse as a novel lens for tangible communications and risk-based prioritisation of interventions.

May Whiteley Prize

May Whiteley (1866-1956) was an important figure in the history of women in chemistry in the UK. Together with Ida Smedley Maclean she spearheaded the movement for women to gain admission to the Chemical Society. May Whiteley spent her entire career at Imperial College, ultimately becoming Assistant Professor of Chemistry. During the First World War she led a team of women chemists to synthesise beta-eucaine, a local anaesthetic, for which she was awarded on OBE.

Cristina Cecchetti, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Structural & functional studies of plant and fungal secondary active transporters.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Prize

Florence and Edith Stoney were two of the more remarkable figures from the early days of the Federation, even amongst a group of such remarkable women. They were the daughters of Johnstone Stoney, professor of physics at Trinity College, Dublin, and best known for introducing the term ‘electron’. Florence, born in 1870 became the UK’s first female radiologist founding the x-ray departments at both the Royal Free and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson hospitals in London. Edith, two years younger, studied mathematics at Newnham College, Cambridge, achieving the position of 17th wrangler (but of course no degree). She became head of physics at the London School of Medicine for Women. Edith was a founder member of BFUW and became its first Treasurer in 1909. Florence was also an early member.

Stephanie Doebl, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition, University of Aberdeen

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Designing effective healthcare services for patients with fibromyalgia.

Ruth Bowden Prize

Professor Ruth Bowden was the first woman to become the Sir William Collins Professor of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons. She was a member of the BFWG Academic Awards Committee and the IFUW Fellowships Committee.

Elizabeth Evens, Institute of the Americas, University College London

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

‘Regulating Women’:  Professional women and the surveillance of female reproduction and sexuality in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Margaret K B Day Prize

Margaret (Peggy) Day read physics at St Hilda’s Oxford, and the pursued a career in industry. She was Treasurer of BFWG.

Daniela Köck, Department of Physics & Astronomy, School of Mathematical &Y Physical Sciences, University of Sussex

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Search for supersymmetry at ATLAS in final states with tau leptons.

Eleanor Rathbone Prize

Eleanor Rathbone (May 1872 to January 1946) was an independent British member of parliament and long-term campaigner for family allowance and for women’s rights. She was a member of the noted Rathbone family of Liverpool.

Denied an Oxford degree by her gender, she was one of the steamboat ladies who travelled to Ireland between 1904 and 1907 to receive an ad eundem University of Dublin degree (at Trinity College Dublin). In 1905 she assisted in establishing the School of Social Science at the University of Liverpool, where she lectured in public administration.

In 1897, Rathbone became the Honorary Secretary of the Liverpool Women's Suffrage Society Executive Committee in which she focussed on campaigning for women to get the right to vote.

Nahema Marchal, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Feeds of discord?  Exploring the implications of online political communications for affective polarisation.

Beryl Mavis Green Prize

Dr Beryl Green was a head teacher before gaining a PhD in architecture. She was deeply religious and had a great love of the fine arts.

Nicôle Meehan, School of Art History, Museum & Gallery Studies

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

The digital museum object & transcultural memory after the post-digital turn.

Mary Bradburn Prize

Dr Mary Bradburn was a mathematician, who spent most of her academic life in the mathematics department of Royal Holloway College. She was also convener of the Academic Awards Committee.

Christina Zou, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Existence, construction and optimality of solutions to the Skorokhod embedding problem for Markov processes.

Previous Winners


BFWG Caroline Spurgeon Prize: Katherine Blaker
Urban Studies & Planning Department, University of Sheffield
For research on Contemporary forms of self-help and mutual aid to meet citizens’ basic needs; a bottom up perspective from a post-industrial community.

Mary Kearney Prize: Eloise Hamilton
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
For research on Non-reductive Geometric Invariant Theory and its application to Higgs bundles.

Margaret B Day Prize: Tahmida Huq
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
For research on Developing next generation non-toxic layered and 2-dimensional materials for photovoltaics.

First Ruth Bowden Prize: Frances Osis
School of History, University of Glasgow
For research on The venereal poison: a historic and genomic analysis of eighteenth-century sexual diseases.

Eila Campbell Prize: Sarah Tingey
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
For research on The potential of glacial flour as a novel soil amelioration strategy.

Kathleen Hall Prize: Anna Yakoleva
Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
For research on Bypassing the cold-chain: a novel vaccine and biologic delivery platform.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Prize: Azul Zorzoli
Molecular Biology Division, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
For research on The role of rhamnosyltransferases in the biosynthesis of Streptococcus pyogenes’ Group A carbohydrate.

Second Ruth Bowden Prize: Amy Jolly
Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London
For research on Investigating working memory impairment after traumatic brain injury.

Kathleen Hall Prize: Anna Yakoleva
Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
For research on Bypassing the cold-chain: a novel vaccine and biologic delivery platform.


Beryl Mavis Green Prize: Georgia Haseldine
School of English, Queen Mary University London
Portraiture and the radical parliamentary reform movement 1760 – 1820.

Eila Campbell Prize: Isadora Urrutia Steinert
Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol
An-other road: Route 5, materiality, mobility and Chilean identity discourses .

Mary Bradburn Prize: Tina Beale
Department of Real Estates and Planning, Henley Business School, University of Reading
The property tax collector: taxpayer and the compliance equilibrium. A case study on property tax compliance among residential property taxpayers in three Jamaican parishes.

Ruth Bowden Prize: Anna Bibby
Translational Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol
A Trial of Intra-pleuraL immunoTherapy in mesothelioma (the TILT trial): a feasibility study using the trial within a cohort methodology.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship: Catherine Scrymgeour-Wedderburn
Clinical Research Department, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Neurodevelopmental effects of HIV and ART exposure: a prospective neuroimaging study of uninfected children born to HIV-infected mothers.

Betty Heinemann Prize: Olga Burkhardt-Vetter
School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
Towards the ethics of response: healing and reconciliation after mass atrocity and genocide in the cases of Distomo and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Kathleen Hall Prize: Liana Chase
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Shifting ecologies of care in post-earthquake Nepal: an ethnography of psychiatric humanitarian practice.

Winifred Cullis Prize: Martha Lopez Yrigoyen
Centre for Regenerative Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Production of functional erythroid island like macrophages from induced pluripotent stem cells by genetic programming to recapitulate the erythropoiesis niche in vitro. 

J Barbara Northend Prize: Bérengère Digard
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Effects of bilingualism upon social cognition and perspective taking processes in adults with autism and their neurotypical peers.

M H Joseph Prize: Katie Winkle
Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England, Bristol
Social robots for persuasion and motivation (with an application in rehabilitative therapies).


Caroline Spurgeon Prize Lyndsey Jenkins
Department of Modern History, Oxford University From mills to militants: the Kenney sisters, suffrage and social reform c 1890 – 1970

Mary Bradburn Prize Stasja Stanisic
School of Physics, Bristol University Distinguishability and pseudo-randomness in quantum information

Johnstone and Florence Stoney Prize Clementine Chirol
Department of Ocean and Earth Sciences, National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton University Morphological evolution of managed realignment schemes

Ruth Bowden Prize Gracia Fellmeth
Nuffield Department of Public Health, Oxford University Perinatal depression among migrant women on the Thai-Myanmar border: prevalence, risk factors and infant outcomes

Barbara Northend Prize Diya Gupta
Department of English, King’s College, London The Indian soldiers’ experiences in the Second World War: a literary and cultural examination

Beryl Mavis Green Prize
Rebecca Vos Department of Electronics, York University The perception and production of vowels sung at high fundamental frequencies

Margaret K B Day Prize Magda Bujar
Department of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire Development and evaluation of a framework for improving the quality of decision making during medicines’ development, regulatory review and reimbursement

Eila Campbell Prize Ann-Christin Wagner
Department of Social Anthropology, Edinburgh University From waiting for the bus to Waiting for Godot: an ethnography of the relationship between waiting and displacement among Syrian refugees in Malfraq, Jordan

Kathleen Hall Prize Chioma Ngonadi
Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University Early agricultural communities in Lieja, south-eastern Nigeria: an archaeobotanical investigation

Marjorie Shaw Prize Aisha Bismillah
Department of Chemistry, Durham University The dynamic covalent rearrangements of the barbaralyl cations


Margaret K B Day Scholarship Rebecca Ingle
School of Chemistry, University of Bristol Comparing and contrasting gas and liquid phase photochemistry

J Barbara Northend Scholarship Sangseraima Ujeed
The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford Mapping the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism: study of the Thob yig gsal ba’i me long (“The clear mirror of the records of teachings received”) of Za-ya Pandita Blo-bzang’phrinlas

Marjorie Shaw Scholarship Leen van Broeck
Classics Department, Royal Holloway, University of London People, place and power in Tacitus 

Caroline Spurgeon Scholarship Lucy Hinnies
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh Negotiating the querelle des femmes in the Bannatyne MS c. 1568

Mary Kearsley Scholarship Veronika Witzke
Department of Mathematics, City University, London Shear flow instabilities in stellar objects: linear stability and non-linear evolution

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Andrea Strakova
Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge Genome diversity and evolution in canine transmissible venereal tumour

Beryl Mavis Green Scholarship Lucy Whelan
Department of History of Art, University of Oxford Painting as philosophy: the late work of Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947)

Johnstone and Florence Stoney Studentship Celine Journot
Department of Physics, University of Oxford DNA structures in interaction with lipid bilayer

Mary Bradburn Scholarship Sheharbano Khattak
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge An investigation into the consequences of internet censorship


 Kathleen Hall Fellowship Anne Makena
Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford Probing the evolution, activity and inhibition of clinically relevant metallo-ß-lactamases

Beryl Mary Green Scholarship Lisandra Costiner
History of Art and Visual Culture Department, University of Oxford Vernacular religious texts and the characteristics of popular devotion in  Early Renaissance Italy

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Pallavi Bedi
MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, Queen Margaret Research Institute, University of Edinburgh Lipoxin A4 deficiency is associated with disease severity in bronchiectasis

Margaret K B Day Scholarship Natasha Davie
Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Oxford Academia-industry collaboration in translational medicine

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Daisy Fancourt

Psychobiology group, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University College London The psychoneuroimmunology of music: modulation of psychological , endocrine and immune responses through participatory interventions

Marjorie Shaw Scholarship Serena Dyer
Department of History, University of Warwick Trained to consume: dress and the female consumer in eighteenth century Britain

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Genevieve Gariepy
Department of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Novel imaging applications using single photon avalanche detector arrays

J Barbara Northend Scholarship Anna Judson
Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge The undeciphered signs of Linear B

Mary Kearsley Scholarship Natasha Morrison
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford Topics in extremal combinatorics

M H Joseph Prize  Ananya Renuka Balakrishna
Department of Engineering Science University of Oxford Application of phase-field model to ferroelectrics


Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Jyoti Nangalia
University of Cambridge The genomic landscape and evolution of myeloproliferative neoplasms

Mary Kearsley Scholarship Sneha Rhode
University of Cambridge Dislocation core structures of III nitrides

Eila Campbell Scholarship Sirio Canós-Donnay
Institute of Archaeology, University College, London Historical landscapes of High Casamance: shifting sedentism and socio-political change in southern Senegal

Kathleen Hall Fellowship Temilola  Alanamu
Department of History, University of Exeter ‘Before the white men came’: the gendered life-cycle in nineteenth century Yorubaland

Margaret KB Day Scholarship Xiaojing Chen
Dental Physical Sciences Unit, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London Novel halide containing bio-glasses for dental applications

Second Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Helen Pennington
Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London Investigating the interactors of the Blumeria effector BEC1054

Beryl Mavis Green Scholarship Penelope Barter
School of Divinity, University of St Andrews Ezekiel 20 and the composition of the Torah

Second Eila Campbell Fellowship Julie Hope
Sediment Ecology Research Group, Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews The biological influences on sediment erosion and transport

Mary Bradburn Scholarship Katherine Hubbard
School of Psychology, University of Surrey The Rorschach Ink Blot Test in Britain in the 20th century

Elen Wynne VanstoneScholarship Stevie Marsden
Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, University of Stirling The Saltire Society literary awards 1982 – 2015


Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Kate Saunders
Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford Borderline personality disorder and bipolar affective disorder

Eila Campbell Scholarship Rachel Joyce
Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London Terror and trauma: the place of the Tamil minority in post-war Sri Lanka

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Naomi Walker
Department of Infectious Disease and Immunity, Division of Medicine, Imperial, London Defining mechanisms of tissue destruction in TB and TB immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (TB-IRIS)

Beryl Mavis Green Scholarship Emma Login
Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham A comparative study of war memorial processes from 1860 until the present in the UK, France and the USA

Kathleen Hall Fellowship Emma Lochery
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford Business and state-making in Somaliland’s utility sector: a case study of the water and electricity sectors

Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship Emma West
Department for Critical and Cultural Theory, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, University of Cardiff The highs and lows of modernism – a cultural deconstruction It is regretted that Emma West was omitted from the list printed in the Autumn edition of BFWG News.

Second Ruth Bowden Scholarship Eva Barkauskaite
Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, University of Manchester Structural and biochemical characterisation of poly(ADP-ribose) glycohydrolase (PARG)

Mary Bradburn Scholarship Charlotte Bond
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham Beam shapes and mirror surfaces, precision interferometry for advanced gravitational wave detectors

Margaret KB Day Scholarship Anne-Marie Haughey
Department of Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde An integrated and high-throughput diagnostic platform for assessing the risk of cardiovascular disease

MH Jospeh Prize Larissa Dos Santos Romualdo Suzuki
Department of Computer Science, UCL The design and realisation of middleware frameworks for urban data management


Centenary Scholarship Lucy Thorne
Imperial, London Norovirus

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Pamela Anderson
Strathclyde The orbital dynamics of advanced planetary observations systems

Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship Alex Pryce
Oxford Feminism and the poetry of Colette Bryce, Leontia Flynn and Sinead Morrissey

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Emily Witts
St Andrews Modulation of mammalian spinal cord locomotor networks

Kathleen Hall Fellowship Sapna Desai
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine The effect of a community health worker intervention on women’s health and health seeking-behaviour in Gujurat, India.

Margaret K B Day Scholarship Ashley Nord
Oxford The bacterial flagellar motor.

M H Joseph Prize Stephanie Walton
Imperial, London Control and influence of domain wall chirality in Ni81Fe19  nanomagnets

Eila Campbell Scholarship Julia Beaumont
Bradford Victims and survivors of the Great Irish Famine 

J Barbara Northend Scholarship Helen Graham-Matheson
Queen Mary, London  The controversial careers of Elisabeth Parr and the women of the Tudor Court 1540-1565


Margaret K B Day Scholarship Sarah Miller
(New College). Department of Physics - Astrophysics. Oxford University The assembly history of disk galaxies and their dark matter

Eila Campbell Scholarship: Miljana Radivojevi
Institute of Archaeology, University College, London The origins of metallurgy in Europe: metal production in the Vinca culture

Ruth Bowden Scholarship: Divya Rajamohan
School of Clinical Sciences, University of Nottingham In vitro modelling of the cardiac channelopathies using human pluripotential cells

Marjorie Shaw Scholarship: Jessica Cauchard
Department of  Computer Science Interaction and Graphics Group, University of Bristol Human-computer interaction in mobile environments

Barbara Northend Scholarship: Roberta Cimino
Institute of Mediæval Studies, School of History, University of St Andrews Italian queens in the 9th and 10th centuries

M H Joseph Prize: Alice Clifford
~Centre for Digital Music, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University, London Reduction of microphone artefacts between source and microphone in live sound

Kathleen Hall Fellowship: Laurel Gabler:
(Green Templeton College). Department of Public Health, Oxford University Health seeking behaviours and health care utilisation of people in rural Nepal


Nancy Edwards Scholarship Mary Robb
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Music, University of Edinburgh Outside the Academy: the music of Miriam Gideon during the Cold War

Beryl Mavis Green Scholarship Claire Waters
Faculty of English, University of Oxford Ageing women in Shakespeare’s drama.

Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship Rosie Louise Perkins (nee Burt)
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge The co-construction of ‘learning cultures’: an ethnographically-informed case study of practices at a UK conservatoire

Florence and Johnstone Stoney Studentship Lethy Krishnan Jagadamma
Dept. of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Characterisation of nanostructured light emitters.

Eila Campbell Scholarship Hannah Russ
Dept. of Archeological, Geographical & Environmental Science, University of Bradford Palaeolithic fishing in Europe.

Margaret K B Day Scholarship Maxie Roessler
Inorganic Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Oxford Electron paramagnetic resonance studies of metalloenzymes.


Margaret K B Day Scholarship Natalie Garrett
School of Physics, University of Exeter Metal-enhanced vibrational imaging and spectroscopy of biological samples.

Eila Campbell Scholarship Vanesa Pesque Cela
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The rise of self governing social organizations and the provision of public goods in rural China.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Franziska Schrodt
Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds New techniques to determine plant nutrient availability in natural ecosystems.

Kathleen Hall Fellowship Josia Razafindramana
School of Social Sciences and Law, Oxford Brookes University. Comparative ecology and conservation of ring-tailed (Lemur catta) and brown (Eulemur sp.) lemurs in fragmented forests - South eastern Madagascar.

1993 Jane Finlay Scholarship  Prof Wendy Chan Professor of Sociology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
"I  am honoured to have been a BFWG scholarship recipient during my post-graduate studies at Cambridge University. The award provided vital support during my time in the UK. As an international student, tuition and living costs can add up substantially, therefore, without financial support, the ability to complete my studies would be more challenging. With the support of the BFWG, I completed my PhD in Criminology at Cambridge and started a career in academia. One of the important aspects of the funding I received from the BFWG is the recognition of my research on domestic homicides and the legal treatment of battered women who kill their spouses in the UK. It is not always easy to carry out research on controversial issues and it was reassuring to know that the BFWG supported my work. My doctoral dissertation was eventually published as a book titled Women, Murder and Justice in 2001 by Palgrave Press, UK. Since completing my post-graduate work, I returned to Canada to pursue an academic career. Upon leaving Cambridge, I held a tenure-track post at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and then three years later, returned to the west coast of Canada to be closer to my family. I currently hold a Professorship in Sociology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. My research continues to examine issues of gender, race and class in the criminal justice system. I have published three other books along with a wide range of journal articles and book chapters. I am currently working on a number of different research projects that examines the criminalization of marginalized groups in the context of the welfare state, mental health, immigration and in the media. I teach in the areas of gender, social control and immigration, and I supervise graduate students working on a variety of social justice-related topics. I am currently co-Director of the Feminist Institute for Studies in Law and Society and co-Team Leader at the Center for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health at Simon Fraser University

2003 Jane Finlay Scholarship  Dr Anna Marmodoro Fellow in Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
Anna Marmordoro
I hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and the equivalent of a MA (Laurea) in Philosophy from the University of Pisa, Italy. I have been an Official Fellow of Corpus Christi College, at the University of Oxford, since 2011. Before that, I was awarded a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship in Philosophy, which I held as a Junior Research Fellow in Corpus (2008-2011). My first appointment was a Lectureship in the Faculty of Philosophy, at Oxford, and in Corpus Christi College (2007). I have edited three volumes and have one monograph forthcoming, and have authored a variety of articles and book chapters in my areas of research: ancient and contemporary metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of religion.

I have held visiting fellowships in Germany, Australia, and Italy. I have been the recipient of major research awards from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (2012); from the European Research Council (2010); from the Leverhulme Trust (2008). My training in philosophy in Italy was focused mainly on the study of the history of ideas.  When I started my graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh I needed to learn a new analytic methodology (in a foreign language), as well as new philosophical material.

The Scholarship I received from the Federation allowed me to take a fourth year to complete my doctorate - this fourth year was crucial for consolidating my analytic philosophy training, and allowed me to publish even before the submission of my thesis. I thus entered the next stage of my academic career in a stronger position than if I had to hurry to finish my thesis within three years; and my first appointment was a lectureship at the University of Oxford.

2005 Mary Bradburn Scholarship Dr Camille Szmaragd  Research Associate, School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol
I would like to thank you for supporting me through a BFWG scholarship which helped me through the last year of my PhD. Thanks to your support, I was able to complete my PhD successfully and I received my doctorate within the 3 years. In particular, the extra funding provided by the BFWG enabled me to reduce my teaching load in the final year to concentrate fully on my research. Following the completion of my PhD in Genetics (in Cambridge), I worked for two and a bit years at the Institute for Animal Health in Pirbright, Surrey, developing epidemiologic models of transmission of bluetongue disease through British livestock.

These models were particularly influential in the management of the bluetongue epidemics which affected the UK in 2007-2008. I was also closely involved in the working group which designed the control and prevention strategy against bluetongue in Scotland. At the end of 2008, I moved to the Southwest of England and started working at the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol.

My research since then has involved investigating risk factors involved in the transmission and persistence of bovine tuberculosis in the Southwest of England.  I am currently working as part of a team developing a new and exciting statistical software engine, Stat-JR, which aims to provide social and natural scientists a more intuitive environment for analysing complex datasets and fitting advanced statistical models. I would like to reiterate my very sincere gratitude to BFWG for awarding me The Mary Bradburn Scholarship as without it I will probably not be where I am now.

2006 Ellen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship  Dr Christine Cheng Lecturer in International Relations, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Christine Cheng
From 2009-2012 I was a post-doctoral fellow in politics and international relations at Exeter College, Oxford, before taking up the post of Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London in 2012. After I received the BFWG scholarship, I spent a year on exchange at Yale University, then won a fellowship to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canada, and then returned to the UK to take up a junior research fellowship in Oxford. My DPhil, which the BFWG scholarship supported, was on Extralegal Groups, Natural Resources, and Statebuilding in Post-Conflict Liberia. I maintain broad research interests in post-conflict transitions, peacekeeping, organized crime, corruption, and African politics.

Recently, I published a co-edited volume entitled Corruption and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Routledge, 2011) as well as other book chapters related to this theme. I am currently working on a book manuscript that builds on my dissertation on extralegal groups. Hopefully soon I will also have a book contract! My next project will be on the evolution of anti-corruption norms. Perhaps of interest to BFWG members, I also have a separate (and slightly indulgent) research interest on women in politics. I co-authored a journal article showing that political candidates are more likely to be female if the local party gatekeeper is also female. You would think that this would be a somewhat obvious result- but proving that this is so is harder than you might think!

The article was published in Political Research Quarterly and is entitled: Informal Influences in Selecting Female Political Candidates. In the last two years, I have also begun to blog and tweet about international affairs. My commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and al Jazeera, and I have spoken about African politics (on TV and radio) for a number of media outlets including the BBC and Radio France International. During this time I also had a son. He was born while I was on exchange at Yale. He is now three and a half years old.


Research Presentations Day

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Saturday June 26th 2021

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FfWG Funds for Women Graduates

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.

Foundation Grants

FfWG offers Foundation Grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain.

The criteria are the proven needs of the applicant and her academic calibre. Foundation Grants will only be given for the final year of a PhD or D.Phil. The closing date for applications tbc and the grants are awarded in July for the following academic year.

For more information please visit:

Emergency Grants

FfWG offers Emergency Grants to graduate women who face unforeseen crisis (not with fees) whilst engaged in study or research at an approved institute of higher education in Great Britain. These grants will be offered twice a year in May and November.

Please visit the Ffwg website for eligibility and further information

Theodora Bosanquet Bursary (TBB)

The bursary is offered annually to women graduates who research in History or English Literature ,require. a short residence in London in the summer. It provides accommodation in a hall of residence for up to 4 weeks between end of June and mid September.

Please visit the Ffwg website for eligibility and further information

FfWG Fellowship

FfWG Fellowships funded by FfWG are intended to encourage advanced scholarship and relevant research to the mission of Graduate Women International (GWI).

It requires 12 months work in a country other than that in which the applicant was educated or habitually resides, but is reserved for applicants wishing to undertake research in Great Britain.

One award with a value of £6,000 is available on tbc.

The FfWG fellowship is awarded in alternate years.

Please refer to the website for further details.

Other Awards


Travel Bursary 2021 BFWG North West offers a bursary by competition of £500 to enable a woman postgraduate student to attend a conference relevant to her studies or research In 2021 and free introductory membership of BFWG for a year.

Due to the current situation, we have extended the deadline by 4 weeks
All applications must now be received by: Monday 8 February

2021 Travel Bursary New Instructions
Date by Which = Monday 8 February = 4 week extension

Competitors for the 2021 Travel Bursary need to concentrate on presenting their research and why the various topics are important. If this can be linked to a conference in 2021 well and good.

If not, the stress should be on winning a Bursary which will generally help the research. Much academic development this year will be from less formal engagements such as meetings between subject groups, offer to speak etc.

The request for postal competitive applications was made before this present much more serious lockdown than the previous one in the Autumn. The reason for preferring entries on paper is that we can give a much fairer decision and examine scripts within a category more effectively as compared with using, for example, multiple screens.

We are dealing with graduates whose home circumstances may be very different from those of undergraduates and who may be able to use both printers and the post.

HOWEVER we understand that this may not always be the case so for the 2021 Travel Bursary:

  1. We will still prefer postal entries.
  2. We will accept email entries using PDF attachments only from those who definitely have no access to printers or post as attested in the supervisor letter!
  3. Please DO NOT attach pages and pages of CVs and/or publications. The emphasis must be on explaining the research, its title, its purpose and why winning the Bursary is important to you.
  4. Supervisors’ letters of support can be emailed and should clearly state whom they are supporting as they will presumably arrive at a different time.
  5. Judging and decision on the winner and four runners up to be invited to a possible Academic Presentation Day in October 2021 will take place after 8 February. Results will be emailed to them later on in February.
Commentary on Travel Bursary Entries


* Must be a woman postgraduate studying at an Institution of Higher Education in North West England or North Wales and resident in the United Kingdom al the time of the Academic Presentation Day In 2021.

* Must apply In type on A4 giving:

  • Her name, address, telephone number and email address.
  • The name of her institution of Higher Education.
  • The title, date, venue and organiser of the conference.
  • A title to the research so that the topic is immediately obvious.
  • Not less than 100 words of clear information on the present research and its validity.
  • A supporting statement clearly describing why the bursary is relevant to her studies

* Must include written support of the application signed by the head of her Postgraduate School or department.


* Should be addressed to:

EIFWG North West, 2 Ferguson Avenue, CREAMY, Wirral. CH49 1RP and marked North West Travel Bursary in the top left hand corner of the envelope.

* Must reach that address by Monday 8 February 2021

Effect of Covid 19

The date of Saturday 15 January 2021 Is much later than usual as we usually expect applications to arrive the week before Christmas. However, in this most unusual year and assuming that international conferences resume as usual, we decided to give you a better chance of getting your paperwork into the post. In order to keep comparisons fair we want you to send your application on paper, please, and not presume, as some have in the past, that they can send everything to us at the last minute online.
Those will be disqualified.

All Applicants

  • Will be informed of the result in February 2021
  • The winner will be invited to speak about her studies and why she wanted to go to the international conference at a North West Regional Meeting in October 2021.
  • All Bursary competitors will be asked if they would also be prepared to compete by invitation at an Academic Presentation Day for prizes.
  • Certificates of attendance will be given to any student who attends, whether competing or not.


Preference will be given to applications which offer:

  • Good presentation with typed application.
  • Explain clearly and simply the topic of research so that anyone can understand its purpose.
  • Explain the importance of the conference to the research
  • State whether a paper or poster is to be presented to the conference or not
  • Give the date and venue of the conference
  • Enclose a good supporting letter from the applicant's professor, supervisor or head of department
  • Give a description and level of previous degree(s)
  • Describe financial help from other sources although this does not affect the North West decision
  • State whether the applicant has previously been awarded or applied for a BFWG North West Travel Bursary.
  • Express willingness to speak to a regional meeting about the research and conference within 2021

Contact: 0151 678 1620 or email for further details.

Download a pdf of the Commentary on Travel Bursary Entries

International Fellowships

Graduate Women International (GWI) empowers women and girls through lifelong education . Education, both formal and informal, underpins effective change. GWI encourages graduate women to use their expertise to bring about change with particular reference to the education of girls.

The fellowships and grants offered by GWI and its national affiliates support the research study and training needed to open doors to quality higher and continuing education for women and girls throughout the world.

Graduate Women International offers a number of international fellowships and grants to women graduates for postgraduate research, study and training.

Many of GWIs national affiliates offer fellowships, grants, awards and stipends to women and girls for primary and secondary education undergraduate studies and postgraduate research and training.



Hegg Hoffet Fund

GWI offers the Hegg Hoffet fund programme to assist graduate women who have been displaced as a result of war, political upheaval, or other serious emergencies.

The Hegg Hoffet programme offers grants for courses such as refresher courses that validate entry into professional fields, training courses leading to employment, language training and other courses to assist with integration into a new country.

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