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Parkes Foundation Grants 2021


Small Grant Fund

The Parkes Foundation has for a number of years provided limited funding through its Small Grant Fund to help Masters and PhD students conduct research into the biosocial sciences.  The Fund aims to promote the study of biological and social topics with the emphasis on human biosocial projects. 

The Foundation supports studies falling in the areas of reproduction, demography, fertility, human health in a biosocial context, conservation and human genetics.  Studies outside these areas, for example, animal (including primate) projects and evolution will not be supported. 

Small grants are for a maximum of £1000. They are directed particularly towards helping graduate research students meet their field work costs, but others may apply. Requests for postdoctoral attendance grants to disseminate results will not be considered. Undergraduate projects are not supported. 


PhD Grant Fund

Usually one grant of a maximum of £3000 is offered to enable a registered PhD student to undertake substantive field work as part of their higher degree in the subject areas of reproduction, demography or fertility.

Students in receipt of a research council grant or equivalent are not eligible to apply for a PhD Grant.


General information

Any nationality may apply to the funds. Applications may be submitted to either the Small Grant Fund or the PhD Grant Fund but not to both. Small Grant recipients from previous years are not eligible to apply for another Small Grant, but may apply for a PhD Grant.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, applicants should provide details of the feasibility of their fieldwork and precautions taken to reduce the risk of infection.

There are separate application forms for the two funds.

- Form for 2021 Small Grant application [click here]

- Form for 2021 PhD Grant application [click here]

Applications for 2021 open on 15th March 2021 and close on 16th April 2021.

The completed form should be sent to secretary@parkesfoundation.org.uk. Only email applications in the correct format will be accepted for consideration.

The secretary will acknowledge all applications received and will then contact applicants' referees. If no acknowledgement is received within a week of submission, applicants should contact the secretary.  Applications for 2021 will be considered by the Trustees and awards will be made in May/June 2021.

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