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Hilda Martindale Trust Awards

Hilda Martindale Trust Awards

The Hilda Martindale Trust makes a very limited number of awards to British women who are training or studying for a career in a profession where women are underrepresented. The maximum award is £3,000.

2024/25 application cycle

The application cycle for the 2024/25 academic year is now open. The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Wednesday 7 February 2024.  


Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be:

  • British women
  • taking an undergraduate or postgraduate course or training at a UK-based Higher Education Institution
  • following a profession/career in areas where women are underrepresented

Further details on these criteria are provided in our Eligibility Criteria document. Please refer to this when deciding whether to apply to the Trust.


How to apply

Applications are to be submitted via the online webform.

Please note that it is not possible to save your progress, and the form must be completed in one sitting. Please refer to the Application Guidance document so you can identify and collate in advance the information that you will need to provide in your application.

If you have any further questions please email



Application portal

Application Guidance document

Frequently asked questions

Privacy policy

This trust fund was established by Hilda Martindale when she died in 1952. She instructed trustees to use the fund’s income 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 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 are underrepresented.

The Trust is administered by the Council of Royal Holloway, University of London. Council appoints the Trustees who are responsible for making awards.

Hilda Martindale (1875-1952) was one of the first female civil servants and sought to improve working conditions, particularly for women, throughout her life. She joined the Home Office as a factory inspector in 1901 and became Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories in 1925. She then moved to the Treasury where she worked until her retirement.

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