WHS Research Bursary

Women’s History Scotland is pleased to invite applications for two research bursaries worth £300 each for 2021/2022. The Bursary is open to masters students, doctoral researchers, untenured or precariously-funded early career researchers, and independent historians who are currently undertaking research in women’s and gender history, particularly for those working in Scotland or working on Scottish themes. 

Two awards of up to £300 will be made in this funding call. Given the effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the ability to conduct historical research over the past year, the WHS Research Bursary committee will prioritise applications that seek funding towards research costs, broadly construed (e.g., to undertake archival research, carry out oral history interviews, cover digitisation costs, pay for virtual archive use, etc). We are open to suggestions in this unusual climate. In addition, the award will be valid for one year.

The successful candidate(s) will be expected to submit a brief report or blog post (no more than one side of A4) detailing how they used the award to fund their research. The grant may be used in collaboration with other awards. 

Please note that candidate(s) who have research costs covered in full by another research expenses fund (e.g. from a University department or postgraduate/ postdoctoral funder) will not be considered eligible for the WHS Bursary.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2021. Please send the award application form and a 2-page CV to bursary@womenshistoryscotland.org.

Applicants must be members of Women’s History Scotland when applying. Annual membership fees begin at £5 for non-waged/ student members. Membership of WHS provides exclusive access to monthly social events, invitation to the annual Sue Innes Memorial Lecture, and membership of a dynamic community of historians researching women’s and gender history in Scotland. To sign up to WHS, see womenshistoryscotland.org/membership/ 

The Bursary application form is available here:

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