The Hilda Martindale Trust
The Hilda Martindale Trust makes a very limited number of awards to British women towards training or studying for a career in a profession where women are underrepresented. The maximum award is £3,000.
Applications for the academic year 2017/18 are now closed and all awards have been completed.
The next round of applications is for awards to be made for 2018/19. Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 7th February 2018.
Guidance for 2018/19 applications is available.
You can now apply online using the links on this page, or you can download an application form (also available as a Word document) to be emailed to HildaMartindaleTrust@rhul.ac.uk.
Before emailing with an enquiry please check to see if your question is answered by the frequently asked questions (you can also download the FAQs as a PDF).
The Award Process
The Trustees meet in spring each year to make awards for the next academic year. Awards are not made at other times of the year.
The Trustees are only able to make awards from the annual income of the fund and there are only a small number of women who are granted an award from the total number who apply each year.
Due to the nature of the bequest the Trustees are required to ensure that applicants are eligible and meet the criteria for receiving an award. These are explained in more detail in the guidance for applicants, which includes instructions for making an application. Also check frequently asked questions.
The criteria that the application must be for an award towards "training or studying for a career where women are underrepresented in the field or profession" is strictly applied and applicants are required to provide evidence to support their case.
The application form (also available as a Word version) for consideration for an award for the academic year 2018/19 is now available to complete online.
The Trust Fund
The Educational Trust Fund was established under the will of Miss Hilda Martindale when she died in 1952. Trustees were instructed to use the income from the trust fund to help "women of the British Isles whose intention it is to fit themselves for some profession or career likely to be of use or value to the community for which special training is required."
Following the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, and in order to ensure that the Trustees could comply with the original terms of the bequest, it was agreed that the Trust would only be able to support British women taking training or courses to follow a profession in areas where women were underrepresented.
Hilda Martindale left it to the discretion of the Trustees whether the awards were to be made by way of loan or gift and the Trustees have decided, to date, to make awards by way of gift. The Trustees welcome repayment of any award made and any contributions to the fund are welcome.
The Trust is currently administered by the Council of Royal Holloway, University of London and the Council appoints the Trustees who are responsible for making awards under the Trust.
Hilda Martindale was one of the first women civil servants. She was involved in the improvement of the conditions, especially the working conditions, of women throughout her life.
Hilda Martindale was born in 1875 into a family that encouraged education for women. After a high school education, she attended Royal Holloway College and later Bedford College, studying hygiene and sanitary science.
In 1901, Hilda Martindale joined the Home Office as a factory inspector and remained there for 32 years, becoming Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories in 1925. She then moved to the Treasury, retiring at the age of 65.
Hilda Martindale maintained her links with Bedford College throughout her life and in her will she appointed the College as Trustees of the Educational Trust that she established. She hoped the Trust would further her life’s work in enabling women to pursue worthwhile careers “of use or value to the community."
Hilda Martindale features in our Women Inspire campaign as one of our hidden heroines.