Elsie Widdowson Fellowship at Imperial

Imperial supports academic staff returning to work following maternity, adoption and/or shared parental leave. Open to eligible female and male staff,  the purpose of the Fellowship is to allow academic staff to concentrate fully on their research work upon return from leave. Usually the award funding is used to relieve teaching or admin duties, but it can be used flexibly. The Fellowship is named in honour of Dr Elsie Widdowson, CH, CBE, FRI, FIC (1906 - 2000), who was one of Imperial's first women graduates.

Elsie Widdowson

Fellowship Testimonials

"This is a ground-breaking scheme and one that allows women to be who they want to be"
"I have three children, but this is the first time I’ve benefitted from such a Fellowship. I can tell the difference it has made"
"This is different to ‘standard’ fellowships because it is not about getting ahead, it is about catching up after maternity leave, in the context of childcare responsibilities, frequent time off for poorly infants and chronic sleep deprivation"

External Awards

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship - Royal Society

This Fellowship is advertised annually and aims to provide able young people, in the early years after a PhD, with a recognised step into a research career. The Dorothy Hodgkin scheme is open to both sexes and offers support and flexibility that is advantageous to both, but is particularly attractive and beneficial to women. For more details of the Fellowship and how to apply, please see the visit the Royal Society website.

Rosalind Franklin Award - Royal Society

The Award is made to an individual for an outstanding contribution to any area of natural science, engineering or technology. While open to both sexes, the recipient of the award is expected to spend a proportion of the grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEM in their institution and/or field of expertise. To find out more, please visit the Royal Society website.

Daphne Jackson Trust

The Trust is an independent charity which offers flexible, part-time, paid fellowships to scientists, engineers and technologists who have taken a career break of two or more years for family, caring, or health reasons. For more details, please visit the Daphne Jackson Trust website.

Career Re-entry Fellowships - Wellcome Trust

This Fellowship is for postdoctoral researchers in basic biomedical science who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years. The fellowship is particularly suitable for applicants wishing to return to research after a break for family commitments.For more details, please visit the Wellcome Trust website.

Grace Chisholm Young Fellowships - London Mathematical Society

The Society offers two fellowships each year to mathematicians who need support when their career is interrupted by family responsibilities, relocation of partner, or other similar circumstance. Applications are welcome from both men and women. To find out more, please visit the London Mathematical Society website.

L'Oréal UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science

These Fellowships are offered to promote, enhance, and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the fields of the life and physical sciences. Four fellowships, worth £15,000, are awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers. For more details about the Fellowship, and the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Programme, please visit the For Women in Science website.

Dr Eva-Maria Graefe from Imperial's Department of Mathematics won a Fellowship in 2014.

British Federation of Women Graduates Scholarships

The British Federation of Women Graduates has been providing Scholarships Funds for women in their final year of study for a PhD since 1912. Please click here for more details on BFWG Scholarships.

It’s wholly owned subsidiary charity Funds for Women Graduates makes awards to help women graduates while undertaking postgraduate study or research. Find out more information on Funds for Women Graduates