**Entries for the 2016 scheme have now closed. Results to be announced in due course**
The FWSA awards a small grant of £250 for workshops, seminars and conferences organised by and aimed at postgraduate students. This money can be used for a variety of purposes and can be used alongside other awards. The lead organisers named on the application form must be FWSA members at the time the application and at the time the initiative is to take place.
The deadline for applications is 17th June 2016 and decisions will be communicated by the end of July 2016. Enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and submissions must be made electronically to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
We require a short proposal from postgraduate members who wish to apply for these funds, containing the following:
- a detailed plan of the event, including topic and rationale, structure, invited speakers, CFP or poster, and, if available, programme
- strategy for attracting delegates (particularly from other institutions) and planned numbers
- a detailed budget showing specifically how FWSA funding will be used
- a letter of support from the Head of your Department. Please download a template for this letter here: Letter of Support Template
We also ask that you help to promote the FWSA through your event by displaying our logo on your publicity materials and programme, distributing information about the FWSA at your event, and implementing a reduced fee for FWSA members. Our publicity and membership team will be on hand to help you with this.
The only requirement in terms of topic is that events should focus on an issue related to feminism, women’s or gender studies and the initiative must be conceived, organised and be aimed at postgraduate students. Please note that events and applications which do not fulfil these criteria will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered. Proposals which range across disciplines are particularly encouraged. Applicants should not feel confined to the standard academic conference or seminar format (although these are welcome) and creative or experimental ideas are encouraged.
Once the initiative is over, organisers will be asked to submit a brief written report (which should include details of how FWSA monies have been spent). Excerpts from these reports (excluding financial information) may be published on the FWSA website and in the FWSA newsletter to encourage future applications.
These funds are available to FWSA student members only. To join, go to our membership page. Download the application form here: SGS FWSA-entry-form-2016 and remember to send the Letter of Support Template to your Head of Department. Please send completed proposals electronically to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper applications will not be accepted.
About the Small Grants Scheme:
As well as organising our own events, the FWSA is able to offer a limited amount of funding to postgraduate events focusing on feminist, gender or women’s studies across a range of disciplines. The event must be organised exclusively by and for postgraduate students.
Annually we aim to award one event with £250 to help organisers with their costs. In order to apply for this grant, organisers must follow the guidelines and provide the information and documents detailed in the application form.
These FWSA student seminars are an important element of the FWSA’s work, particularly in terms of building networks of feminist students across disciplines and institutions. They also offer experience in organising and running events that is valuable both within and outside the academy, and you will be supported throughout the process by the FWSA.
The seminars began in 2004-5, with a series of three linked events around the theme of ‘Where next for feminism?’, held at University of York, Lancaster University and the London School of Economics.
Since then we have helped a number of very successful events to take place, including:
- ‘Feminist Readings 2: Theory, practice and politics of reading today’ (University of Leeds, 2016)
- ‘Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender’ (University of Ulster, 2015)
- ‘Smashing the Patriarchy in 100,000 Words? The use of Feminism in academic theses’ (University of Dundee, 2013)
- ‘Gender, Media and Generations: A postgraduate workshop’ (University of East Anglia, 2012)
- ‘4th Annual Conference of Sibéal Irish Postgraduate Feminist and Gender Studies Network: Feminist Scholarship, Activism, and Creativity’ (University of Limerick, 2011)
- ‘Feminism and Teaching Symposium’ (University of Nottingham, 2010)
- ‘EVERYDAY: Work, Education and Family’ (Newcastle University, 2009)
- ‘A Woman’s Place: Locating the Feminine in Modern and Contemporary Culture’ (Newcastle University, 2008)
- ‘Women Writing Rape’ (University of Warwick, 2007)
- ‘From Porn to Politics’ (Newcastle University, 2006)
FWSA was delighted to announce that the winners of the Small Grants Scheme 2015 were Elspeth Mitchell and Lenka Vráblíková from the University of Leeds.
Their postgraduate event entitled ‘Feminist Readings 2: Theory, practice and politics of reading today’, will be held 15 – 16 April 2016, at the University of Leeds. For more information about this event visit the conference website: https://feministreadings.wordpress.com.
For further information on the scheme, please email the SGS Officer Dr Katy Pilcher: K.Pilcher@Aston.ac.uk.