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Funding for women
Open to women in the UK who wish to further their career prospects or to retrain after bringing up a family. A loan of up to £500 is available. Girls still at school and women studying for a PhD are not eligible.
Soroptimist International GB & Ireland offers Diamond Education Grants to women to update their skills after breaks from employment or to acquire new skills. Grants are made towards course fees or books and equipment, not towards living expenses.
The Fund for Women Graduates offers four different types of grant. They provide Foundation Grants for final year PhD’s and DPhil’s and Emergency Grants for graduate women facing financial crisis during their study/research. They also offer a Theodora Bosanquet Bursary (TBB) for short-summer-stay in London for English Literature students, and a grant of £6000 towards living expenses to encourage advanced scholarship and original research relevant to International Federation of University Women (IFUW). There is no upper age limit and applicants do not have to be British, but must be studying at a British institution. Any field of study will be considered.
The Society was founded to encourage women towards economic independence through employment. It offers interest-free loans of around £1,000 towards the cost of training for professional, commercial or technical work. Loans are repaid by monthly instalment.
These grants are to "help women of the British Isles whose intention it is to fit themselves for some profession or career likely to be of use or value to the community for which special training is required."
Information about Hilda Martindale and the Trust is available on the Hilda Martindale Trust page of the Royal Holloway website. Details are also available by email from firstname.lastname@example.org”
Established in 1889, the Educational Awards Fund offers sums between £100 and £500 for women in British educational institutions to be paid directly towards their fees. To be eligible you must a female British citizen, aged 21 years or older, who cannot qualify for a student loan and needs help with course fees.
The Yorkshire Training Fund for Women was established in 1903 to provide training grants to women to enable them to become self-supporting. Grants of around £100 – £300 are available for British women with Yorkshire connections. These are for training or courses leading to qualifications for employment.
You may also want to browse through other groups of funders, as follows: