Current Grant Call


Invites applications for small grants:

To enable research in the pursuit of a PhD project
To help fund travel, interviewing, or media connected with PhD research
To contribute towards writing-up costs for a PhD dissertation

The AL Charitable Trust has been assisting PhD students in the social sciences, especially sociology, for over 30 years. A limited number of small grants of up to £1,000 are available each year.

Through providing small grants, the AL Trust helps students complete parts of their research that they might otherwise be unable to fund. The Trust also aims to promote new generations of researchers addressing important social questions of our time. The Trust expects all funded projects to have an explicitly gendered perspective.

This year’s theme is success stories in women and health.

Success Stories: Women and Health

In 2021, women were at the forefront of major scientific breakthroughs. The teams that developed the most widely used vaccines against Covid-19, Astra Zeneca and Pfizer, were led by female scientists. Although we are familiar with the many reasons why such achievements by women have historically been overlooked, misrepresented or silenced, we hear less about women’s success stories. This call seeks to excavate women’s participation in knowledge production in the field of health. Health is conceived broadly, to include public health, mental health, environmental health, and vernacular medical and healing practices. Whichever aspect of health is highlighted in the projects that we fund, we are interested in feminist work that moves beyond highlighting structures of exclusion to explore the ways in which women’s achievements, past and present, can be recovered.

How to apply

Please note that 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.

An application form is available here. Completed application forms and one reference must be sent by email to the AL Trust at this address.

The deadline for applications is 5pm (UK time) on Friday 7 January 2022.