Athena Swan

Funding opportunities

L'oréal UK and Ireland fellowships for women in science

12 month fellowship for early career scientists.

Wellcome Trust ISSF “Return to Work Fellowship”

There is funding to support a return to work, for example providing funding for short-term technical assistance or buy-out of teaching duties, purchase of consumables / facilities access, help with costs or logistics of conference attendance or training courses (new skills or refresher training).

Small Athena Swan Grants to support staff returning from a career break

We have a small fund to help support those returning to work from a career break in a flexible way – this could be used to cover costs for e.g. travel to/registration for a conference, travel arrangements for meeting with collaborators, childcare costs to attend a conference or other research-related activity, small consumables for pilot study etc. Awards are likely to be in the region of £100-500, though requests for larger amounts (up to £1000) will be considered if funding permits.

Find out more about how to apply and download the application form

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science and Innovating Science

Awards “to celebrate and support the achievements of women in science, and of those who have encouraged girls and young women to engage with STEM.” It is aimed specifically at non-tenured female staff. One of them specifically rewards outreach initiatives. Closing date early May.