WSG bursary 2022/3

Applications for the 2022/3 WSG bursary closed on 30 November 2022.

The Committee was delighted to be able to award our main bursary to Eleanor Bird for work on Margaret Davy, sister-in-law of Humphrey Davy and collector of his works. The panel felt a second, smaller award was merited this round because of the outstanding quality of the application and so were pleased to award a travel bursary to Brianna Robertson-Kirkland to pursue her work on three Georgian opera singers (Elizabeth Billington, Anna Selina Storace and Gertrude Mara). Congratulations to both applicants.


Applications are considered by the WSG committee. Eligible applicants include early career researchers*, independent scholars or PhD students who are members of the WSG.  The bursary is intended to support research in any aspect of women’s studies in the period 1558-1837 for new or continuing interdisciplinary or single-discipline projects

The bursary of £750 will normally be paid on presentation of receipts. The successful applicant will be expected to give a paper at a future WSG meeting in person or via Zoom. The contribution of the WSG bursary should be acknowledged in any resulting publications.

*Early career researcher is ‘an individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or within 6 years of their first academic appointment’ (AHRC).


Previous Bursary Winners

  • 2023: Eleanor Bird, ‘Margaret Davy, sister-in-law of Humphrey Davy and collector of his works’; Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, ‘Examining three Georgian opera singers: Elizabeth Billington, Anna Selina Storace and Gertrude Mara’
  • 2019: Charlotte Young, ‘Women’s involvement in Canterbury sequestrations, 1643-50’; Hannah Jeans, ‘Women’s Reading Habits and Gendered Genres, c.1600-1700’
  • 2018: Madeleine Pelling, ‘The friendship of Horace Walpole and Mary Hamilton’; Rebecca Simpson, ‘Narratives of pregnancy’
  • 2017: Charmian Mansell, ‘A new history of female service in early modern England, 1550-1650


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