ECR Independent Conferences, Fellowships and Grants, Prizes

WHN Independent Researcher Fellowships for 2022-23

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 outside of academia. While applicants may be in possession of a degree and/or postgraduate qualification, the grants are intended to support research into women’s history by Independent scholars working outside the academy. We would anticipate that the research would result in at least one tangible output (e.g. a publication, a museum exhibition, a podcast, etc) for a general audience. Early Career Researchers (with or without a current affiliation) intending to pursue an academic career should see our ECR Fellowship.

The grant is available to cover research costs, which may include: travel and accommodation when visiting archives; conference attendance costs; photocopying or photographic licences required for work in archives; transcription services; subscriptions to online databases. Your proposal should detail how funds will be spent.

The award made will not cover:

  • Equipment costs (e.g. computers or recording equipment)
  • Subsistence costs (i.e. food and drink)
  • Administration costs
  • Salary costs

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

The deadline for applications is 1 August and the result will be communicated to the successful applicants by 1 September. The duration of the Fellowship is 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023.

Enquiries about the Independent Fellowship may be sent to Dr Anna Muggeridge, at the above address. Members of the selection committee will be drawn from the Women’s History Network’s Steering Committee.


  • We welcome proposals on any aspect of women’s history or gender history (though strongly focused on women), and particularly encourage applications on topics outside the Anglophone world and/or modern period.
  • The Fellowship is open to those working or volunteering in public, popular or community history roles, including (but not limited to) museums and the heritage sector, and/or Independent scholars. The Fellowship is not open to those with a university affiliation. This includes current postgraduate students and those in receipt of a pension from a full time academic post.
  • When making decisions, the WHN Steering Committee will primarily assess the quality of the proposal but we will also take into account the value for money set out in the costings.
  • 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 and to contribute to the 2022—23 online seminar series, either by presenting a paper and/or by chairing a session.
  • Any publications or outputs that result from the grant should include an acknowledgement of funding received from the Women’s History Network.
  • Applicants must be based in the UK and 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.

Please complete the application form and send it, along with a one page CV to by 1 August 2021. We will acknowledge receipt of your application; if you have not received confirmation within 7 working days please resend.