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Parkes Foundation Grants 2023


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 £1500. 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 £4000 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.


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.

Students who hold a research council studentship or equivalent (e.g. Wellcome, ESRC) are now eligible for Small or PhD Grants. However, they should explain in their application why their studentship does not fund some or all of their field work costs, and why they need to apply for Parkes Foundation funding.

Note that the Parkes Foundation will not remunerate participants for taking part in research projects but will reimburse participants for reasonable travel or other agreed expenditure necessarily incurred due to the research process.

Students are advised that their fieldwork should be completed in the year of their award.

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 2022 Small Grant application (do not use for 2023 applications) [click here]

- Form for 2022 PhD Grant application (do not use for 2023 applications) [click here]

Applications for 2022 are now closed. Application forms for 2023 awards will become available in February 2023.

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 2023 will be considered by the Trustees and awards will be made in May/June 2023.

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