Links and Points of Contact

Athena Swan

UCL equality policies and resources

Fellowship schemes

Daphne Jackson Trust

The Daphne Jackson Fellowship scheme is designed to assist scientists, engineers and technologists to return to their careers after a break.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme is intended for outstanding UK scientists 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 encouraged to apply.

Wellcome Trust Career Re-Entry Fellowships

The Wellcome Trust runs a scheme for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years. It provides such scientists an opportunity to return to high-quality research, with the potential to undertake refresher or further training. The fellowship is particularly suitable for applicants wishing to return to research after a break due to family commitments.

Funding for female graduates

British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) Scholarships

The British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships are for women who will be in the third year of their doctoral studies (or part-time equivalent) at the time when the awards are made. The awards are given on the basis of evidence of academic excellence as demonstrated on the application form, in referee reports and, for those shortlisted, in a research presentation to a panel of academics. The average size of the award is about £3000. The number of awards depends on the funds available and on the quality of the applications, but typically six to eight awards are made each year. The final selection is made in June/July of each year, and the scholarships are awarded in September/October.

Funds for women graduates

Funds for Women Graduates offers Foundation Grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in the UK. The criteria are the proven needs of the applicant and their academic calibre. The awarded amount is not likely to exceed £6000. They also offer Emergency Grants to graduate women who face an unforeseen financial crisis whilst engaged in study or research at institutions of higher education in Great Britain.