The Anniversary Bursaries

In 2016 to celebrate its 30th anniversary the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 began a bursary scheme. This year WSG is offering two bursaries. One of £750, and one of £500 jointly with The Foundling Museum.

The WSG bursary is offered to an early career researcher*, independent scholar or PhD student who is a member of the WSG and the bursaries are intended to support research in any aspect of women’s studies in the period 1558-1837. The joint WSG / Foundling Museum bursary is also offered to the Foundling Hospital Research Forum (FHRF).

The WSG grant will be awarded for new or continuing interdisciplinary or single-discipline projects. The joint WSG /Foundling Bursary will support research into the Foundling Museum collection and its archives, on topics of interest to WSG and the FHRF.   The bursaries are advertised every October via the WSG mailing list, website, twitter and facebook, the deadline is 30th November 2019, and the winner announced in January 2020.  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. The successful applicants will be expected to give a paper at a future WSG meeting, or Foundling Museum event, or if based abroad, to write a report for the WSG or Foundling Museum websites. The contribution of the WSG Anniversary Bursary (and Foundling Museum, in the case of the joint award) should be acknowledged in any resulting publications from these awards.

*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

  • 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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