To celebrate its 30th Anniversary in the academic year 2016/17, the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 offered its first ever bursary to “support research in any aspect of women’s studies in the period 1558-1837”.  There were a lot of applications for the bursary, so in 2017 the WSG is delighted to be able to offer it again, but this time to make two awards, the first of £500 and the second of £250.  WSG will continue to offer the bursaries while its finances can support them.

The Anniversary Bursaries
The bursaries are worth up to £500/£250 and intended to support research in any aspect of women’s studies in the period 1558-1837.  Applicants must be a member of the WSG, and an early career researcher (an individual within 8 years of the award of their PhD or 6 years of their first academic appointment (AHRC)), PhD student or independent scholar.  The grants may be awarded for a new or continuing interdisciplinary or single-discipline project.  The bursaries are advertised in the autumn via the WSG mailing list, website, twitter and facebook, and the winner announced in January.  For further information about the bursary, and to apply, please download the application form.  Applications are considered by the WSG committee whose decision is final. The money is paid on presentation of receipts, up to £500/£250. The successful applicant is expected to give a paper at a WSG seminar, and the WSG should be acknowledged in any publications resulting from the grant.

Previous Bursary Winners

  • 2017/18: Madeleine Pelling, ‘The friendship of Horace Walpole and Mary Hamilton’, Rebecca Simpson, ‘Narratives of pregnancy’
  • 2016/17: Charmian Mansell, ‘A new history of female service in early modern England, 1550-1650’