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Fellowships for Independent Researchers

The Women’s History Network is offering a small grant of up to £750 to support the direct costs of those researching women’s history, for those who are not employed in higher education. The research should be intended to lead to a published outcome and costs that will be covered include, for example, travel and accommodation when visiting archives; conference attendance costs; or photocopying or photographic licences required for work in archives.

The award made will not cover:

  • Equipment costs
  • Publication costs
  • Subsistence costs (i.e. food and drink)
  • Administration costs

However, applicants will be eligible for an additional stipend of up to £250 to attend the WHN Annual Conference in 2022.

All applicants should complete the application form and submit it electronically with a one page CV as word documents, via email to

Please note that the deadline for applications has now been extended to 14 August 2021 and the results will be communicated to all applicants by 1 September. The duration of the Fellowship is 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022.

Enquiries about the Research Fund may be sent to Dr Anna Muggeridge, Prize rep for the WHN at the above address. Members of the selection committee will be drawn from the Women’s History Network’s Steering Committee.


  • The research grants are open to those working or volunteering in public, popular or community history roles, including (but not limited to) museums and the heritage sector.
  • The grants are not open to current postgraduate students; those working in research or teaching posts in higher education, or those in receipt of a pension from a full time academic post.
  • Research Projects must take place between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022.
  • Those awarded a research grant will be expected to write a WHN blog post by June 2022.
  • Any publications or outputs that result from the grant should include an acknowledgement of funding received from the Women’s History Network.
  • Those awarded a grant will be expected to contribute to 2 WHN events throughout the year, by mutual agreement. WHN events could include: chairing a WHN Online Seminar, chairing a panel at the WHN Annual Conference, or hosting a writing retreat.
  • If candidates are not based in the UK, they will need to be very explicit in explaining how their research and their proposed activities will directly benefit the work undertaken by the Women’s History Network which is based in the UK.
  • Applicants must be members of the Women’s History Network at the time of submitting their application. Members of the current Women’s History Network Steering Committee are ineligible to apply.
  • To join the Women’s History Network UK please go to

Please complete the fellowship application form and send it, along with a one page CV to by 14 August 2021. We will acknowledge receipt of your application; if you have not received confirmation within 7 working days please resend.