Previous Award Winners

Previous Award Winners

Scholarships awarded for academic excellence


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


BFWG Scholarships 2014

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

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

Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship
Alex Pryce
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
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
Victims and survivors of the Great Irish Famine    

J   Barbara Northend Scholarship
Helen Graham-Matheso
n 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 MarmordoroI 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 ChengFrom 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.

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