WHS Research Bursary

Our WHS Research Bursary will be available next year in 2021

See below for details of this year’s application process.

We welcome inquiries and questions relating to the Bursary – please get in touch via bursary@womenshistoryscotland.org.

Women’s History Scotland is very pleased to invite applications for two research bursaries worth £300 each for the 2020 academic year. The Research Bursary is open to a master’s student, a doctoral student, an untenured early career researcher or an independent scholar who is a member of Women’s History Scotland and is currently undertaking research in women’s and gender history, particularly for those working in Scotland or working on Scottish themes. (To become a member of the Society, go to http://womenshistoryscotland.org/membership/)

Two awards of up to £300 will be made towards travel, accommodation and living expenses for a research visit to a UK library, archive, conference, or similar research facility.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we realise that many conferences will cancelled or archives closed until at least the summer. Therefore, we encourage the use of the fund in these circumstances to pay for virtual archive use, such as short term online subscription, copying costs, hosting an online conference, or virtual exhibition. We are open to suggestions in this unusual climate. In addition, any award for travel will be valid for one year.

The successful candidate(s) will be expected to submit a brief report or a 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 individuals who are able to have 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 the application is 31st May 2020. Please send the award application form and a 2-page CV to bursary@womenshistoryscotland.org.

The award application form is available here:



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