British Federation of Women Graduates Scholarships

British Federation of Women Graduates Charitable Foundation


BFWG Scholarships (Academic Awards) are awarded in competition on the basis of overall academic excellence. They are not intended to meet financial need. If you are looking primarily for help with living expenses (fees must be paid) please go to Funds for Women Graduates ( which is run TOTALLY INDEPENDENTLY of the BFWG Scholarships programme. You are entitled to apply both for BFWG scholarships and for FFWG grants but the application processes and addresses to which applications and references should be sent are totally different (see for the Funds for Women Graduates eligibility and application process).

The British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships are for women who will be in their third year of doctoral studies or part time equivalent at the time when the awards are given out (the autumn of each year). The awards are given on the basis of evidence of academic excellence as shown on the application form, referee reports and, for those shortlisted, brief presentations of their research to a panel of academics. The amounts offered in awards range upwards from £1000 with the average award being around £3000. The number of awards made each year depends on the funds available and on the quality of the applications but six to ten awards are usually given. The final selection is made in June/July of each year and awards are given out in October/November.

To be eligible to apply for a BFWG award for the year you must be: A female postgraduate student who commenced full time doctoral studies eg. PhD, DPhil, DMus etc, or a part time student at an equivalent stage of her studies. You must be registered at a university in England, Wales or Scotland (not Northern Ireland).

You can only make an application for a BFWG scholarship once. However, if you are a holder now, or in the past, of a Funds for Women Graduates/FfWG/BFWG Charitable Foundation grant or if you are applying for an FfWG grant this year, you may also apply for a BFWG scholarship provided you meet the BFWG Scholarship eligibility criteria.

Funding information

Funding applies to:
Open to applicants from a range of countries
Funding notes:

Must be undertaking doctoral study in Great Britain.

Funding duration:

1 year

Contacts and how to apply

Administrative contact and how to apply:

Only email applications will be accepted. To make an application for a BFWG award, download and complete the application form. Email this back to giving the subject heading of your email ‘AWARD APPLICATION’ and at the same time ensure that you have followed the instructions for sending a £20 administration fee through PayPal as described on the form. Please make sure that you record the reference number of your PayPal transaction, the date of the transaction and the name on the Paypal account from which the payment is made if this is not yourself or if it is under a different name from the one you use on your application form. (This is purely to clarify who has sent a payment as the reference numbers on Paypal transactions do not always correspond with the number given on our Paypal receipt notices so it can be difficult to know for whom the payment is made. We do not use the information for anything else).

For more details please see the website:

BFWG HQ, 4 Mandeville Courtyard, 142 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 4NB
Tel: 020 7498 8037

Deadline notes:

Check BFWG website in December for specific deadline.