The Anniversary Bursaries
To celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2017, 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”.  The bursary was incredibly popular so since then the WSG has expanded the scheme to include 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 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 a PhD student, early career researcher (an individual within 8 years of the award of their PhD or 6 years of their first academic appointment (AHRC)), or independent scholar.  The grants may be awarded for a new or continuing, single-discipline or interdisciplinary project.  The bursaries are advertised every October via the WSG mailing list, website, twitter and facebook, the deadline is November 30th, and the winner announced in January.  For further information, 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 (or if based abroad to write a short report for the WSG website), and the WSG should be acknowledged in any publications resulting from the grant.

Previous Bursary Winners

  • 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’