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Relevant training, support and funding opportunities for Women and parents and carers at UCL


UCL women : UCL Women   is for academic UCL staff (postdoc and above) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The network runs events including talks from inspiring female scientists, lunch time networking and social events.

Follow UCL women on Twitter: @UCLwomen

Astrea : Astrea is a network for women in professional services roles at UCL. The network provides an opportunity to network with colleagues, practical sessions where you can explore challenges that you're facing and insights from role models who will talk about their experiences. The network also aims to signpost resources within and beyond UCL, and to liaise with HR on policy issues.

There may also be networks within Departments. For example, many departments have set up early career researcher forums as part of their work on Athena SWAN. Please get in touch with you Athena SWAN lead (link to list above), or your DEOLO for more information on what is available within your department or Faculty.

Parent's And Carer's Together

Funding and awards for Female staff and students

The list below is not a complete list - if there any funding schemes, fellowships, awards, bursaries or scholarships for women that you are aware of that are not included in this list then please contact

Funding Body


Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.  Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin award

The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award supports the promotion of women in STEMM, and is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to STEMM.

The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a grant of £30,000. The recipient of the award is expected to spend a proportion of the grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEM in their host institution and/or field of expertise in the UK.   There are no restrictions on the age of nominees, though it is anticipated that the award will be made to an individual in mid-career, with a maximum of 20 years post PhD or equivalent.  

Daphne Jackson Trust

The Daphne Jackson Trust is an independent charity which offers flexible, part-time, paid fellowships to scientists, engineers and technologists who have taken a career break of two or more years for family, caring or health reasons. 

Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowships

This fellowship supports scientists with a minimum of 2 years post-doctoral experience who have had a continuous career break of at least two years.




L'Oréal-UNESCO's Women in Science programme recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.
The International Laureate Programme: each year provides five leading female scientists, one from each continent, with a prestigious laureate of $100,000 in recognition of their ground-breaking achievements and contributions to scientific progress.
The International Fellowships: These fellowships help young women scientists from around the world take up research positions in other countries. There are 15 fellowships given out each year to support 'the faces of science for tomorrow'
The National Fellowships: The National Fellowships, such as the For Women In Science UK & Ireland programme, are run in 46 countries around the world. Each National Fellowship helps women scientists at a critical point in their career to continue to pursue their research with flexible financial aide.



Please also see the WiSE website for information on mentoring for women in STEM, STEM job vacancies

The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship: will provide a bursary to female students or apprentices who would like to explore a career or further studies in Engineering. In addition the winners will be provided with mentoring support from Land Rover senior engineers and WISE representatives.

Google - Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic performance, leadership experience and demonstrated passion for computer science. A group of female bachelor's, master's, and PhD student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. 

Google - Women in Tech Conference and Travel Grants

Open to women studying or working in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a technical field related to the conference subject , funds to cover registration fees, travel and accommodation.

The Anne McLaren Fellowship (Nottingham University)

The Anne McLaren Fellowships target outstanding early career female researchers in STEMM who wish to establish a research career in the UK. The fellowships are a recognised first step into an independent research career. 

Fellows may be recruited to any School in the University's Faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine and Health Sciences. In addition, appointments may also be made to parts of the School of Geography in the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

British Foundation for Women Graduates

Open to female postgraduate students who have/will commence full time doctoral studies eg. PhD, DPhil, DMus etc.   BFWG Scholarships (Academic Awards) are awarded in competition on the basis of overall academic excellence.  

Funds for women graduates foundation grants

For women studying in Great Britain for a postgraduate doctoral award

The America Association of University Women

International Fellowships: full time study or research in the US for women who are not U.S citizens for permanent residents for graduate or post graduate study

International Project Grants: one year grants awarded to women who completed an AAUW International fellowship

Selected Professions Fellowship: women who intend to pursue a full time course accredited by a U.S institution in subjects where women are transitionally underrepresented. Must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident

Women's engineering Society

Depending on funds available, offers grants to female engineers

London Mathematical Society


Grace Chisholm young fellowships: The Society offers two fellowships each year to mathematicians who need support when their mathematical career is interrupted by family responsibilities, relocation of partner, or other similar circumstance.
Childcare supplementary grants : to enable parents to attend conferences and research meetings by making a contribution towards childcare costs. Open to any UK mathematician

EMBA Women in Science Award

The EMBO ( European Molecular Biology Organization ) Women in Science Award highlights major contributions by female scientists to life sciences research. Winners of the award are inspiring role models for future generations of women in science. The award is a joint initiative of EMBO and the   Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) .
Each year the exceptional achievements of one woman working in the life sciences in Europe will be rewarded. The winner will receive 10,000 euro, a bronze statue and the opportunity to give a plenary lecture at the FEBS Congress.

British Heart Foundation career re-entry research fellowship

To provide an opportunity to re-establish a career in cardiovascular science in an established research institution in the UK, after a break of more than two years. Fellowships last for 3 years with the possibility of a 1 year extension. The fellowship can be taken on a part time basis.
WISE awards

The WISE Awards recognise inspiring organisations and individuals actively addressing the core concerns of WISE: promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls and young women. Please nominate companies or individuals for awards.

Anne Young from UCL's Eastman Dental Institute was highly commended in the WISE Enterprise and Innovation category.





Last updated: 01st November 2016