Fran Trust


The Fran Trust funds scholarly activity in the fields of feminism, gender or women's studies.  The Trust provides small grants of up to £500 for postgraduate students studying at UK universities to attend and present papers on a gender-related topic at academic conferences.  Applicants can apply twice in the same academic year, but will only be eligible for two awards during their total period of study.

View a list of the conference attended by awardees in 2013,  2014,  2015 and 2016

Feedback from successful applicants:

"The conference exposed me to a wide range of highly renowned authors and theorists in the academic field of gender and work. I met numerous authors whose work I have been reading and using since my undergraduate years."

"I would like to say a huge thank you to the Fran Trust for funding my attendance at this conference. It has led to two international connections for my future work, one in Australia and one in Sweden, which would not have been possible without my attending this conference."

"I simply can't express the benefit of spending two whole days immersed in the eighteenth century and engaging with people who are working on similar topics to me. It is inspiring, energising and thrilling!"

"As a result of my conference paper presentation, I received three offers of publication in peer reviewed academic journals."



The principal objectives of the Trust are:

  • supporting the academic careers of postgraduate students
  • advancing education by providing financial assistance to those involved in feminist scholarship

Making A Difference

Academic papers must have a gender focus.  Please note that Poster presentations will not be accepted.


Applications are accepted at any time.

How to Apply

Students must have confirmation that their paper has been accepted,  we also require a letter of support from an academic supervisor in addition to the completed application form. Once the conference has taken place you will be asked to submit a copy of the conference paper.

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