Scholarships & funding opportunities

The Annette Lawson Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship Opportunity

The AL Charitable Trust has been assisting PhD students in the social sciences, especially sociology, for over 30 years.

Through providing small grants, it helps students complete parts of their research that they might otherwise be unable to fund.

  • Number of scholarships Limited
  • Value £1,000
  • Opens 18 November 2019
  • Deadline 29 November 2019
  • Help with Internship, work placement or project costs


Open to PhD students who might otherwise be unable to fund their research.

Applicants need to be based at UK universities.

All subjects are eligible. The Trust has a specific focus on social science research relating to gender. This year's theme is gender and climate change. 

Project Details

The Trust expects funded projects to take a gender perspective. It aims to promote new generations of researchers addressing important social questions of our times.

The theme of this year's grant call is climate change and gender. 

A limited number of small grants of up to £1,000 are available to Strathclyde students.

Applicants who have received an AL Trust grant before should indicate this on their application form.

For further details on the grant, please visit The AL Charitable Trust website

The Trust will provide a small grant to enable research in the pursuit of a PhD project, to help fund travel, interviewing or media connected with PhD research and to contribute towards writing-up coss for a PhD dissertation.

Grants will not be given for course fees or conferences and the Trust is limited to supporting the work of doctoral candidates attending UK universities.

Further Information

Application deadlines

Completed application forms and one reference must be sent by email to the AL trust by Friday 29 November 2019.


The Trust only accept applications submitted online using the correct application form. 

Before submitting the form please ensure that you have the following information ready:

  • Personal Details

Name, address, email and phone number

  • Project details

Project title, project supervisor, department and university affiliation, project start date, project completition date (expected).

  • Project summary

A general summary (of no more than 1,000 words) of your current research project. The summary should highlight both how your research reflects this year's theme and the interests of the AL Trust more broadly. The summary may continue onto the next page.    

  • Proposed research activities

An indication (in no more than 500 words) of how would use any monies received from the AL Charitable Trust, and of how this funding will contribute towards your research project. The Trust usually distributes small grants of up to £1,000.

  • Detailed budget

An itemised indication of th costs for the research of the activities you outline.

  • Reference

Referee name, referee relationship, referee work address, referee email. A single acommpanying academic reference.

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How to apply

All applications must be made direct from the website using the form provided. Completed applications must be sent to 

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