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 under-represented. The maximum award is £3,000.
Current application cycle
We are currently pleased to accept applications for the 2023/24 academic year.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 8 February 2023.
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
Please note that:
- We do not give awards for the first year of undergraduate study.
- Awards are made to students undertaking postgraduate or undergraduate degrees (excluding the first year of undergraduate study, with final year undergraduates prioritised over undergraduates in other years of study).
- The criteria that applicants must be "training or studying for a career where women are underrepresented in the field or profession" is strictly applied. You must provide evidence to support your case.
- Awards are made to an individual on one occasion only (ie. awards are not made to individuals who have received funding from this Trust in a previous year).
How to apply
Please refer to our guidance document before making your application - in particular points 22, 23 and 24 which describe what should be included in your personal statement, first reference and income/expenditure statement.
(If applying online, please note that it is not possible to save your progress. You may wish to consult the Word version of the application form to familiarise yourself with the information required before applying online.
If you have any further questions please email HildaMartindaleTrust@royalholloway.ac.uk.
The award making process
The Trustees meet in spring each year to make awards for the next academic year. Awards are not made at any other times of the year.
About the fund
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 our College Council. Council appoints the Trustees who are responsible for making awards.
About Hilda Martindale
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.