Find out answers to the questions most frequently asked about the Hilda Martindale Trust Awards.
In order to keep costs down so the majority of funding can go to awards, the Trust has only limited administration support. So if you’ve got a question about applying for an award, please first read the information below very carefully.
Our main criteria
Our main criteria for an award are as follows:
- You must be a female British national.
- Your intended career must be in a field/area/profession where women are under- represented (see below).
- Your course of study must be at a British institution.
How much can I apply for?
The maximum amount you can apply for is £3000.
When can I apply?
Applications open in August for each academic year. The deadline for 2018/19 applications was 7 February, 2018.
Your frequently asked questions
Am I eligible?
…if I am not British?
You must be a British national. If an award is made you will be asked to provide evidence of your British nationality. The most accepted evidence of British nationality is a British passport.
…if I am not a student at Royal Holloway?
Although the Hilda Martindale Trust is administered by the Council of Royal Holloway, University of London, you do not have to be a student here to apply.
…if I am a first year undergraduate?
No, the Trustees will not make awards to first year undergraduates and priority is given to undergraduates in their final year of study.
…if I have graduated and want to complete an MSC/MA/PhD in an area which is under-represented by women?
Yes, but the primary reason has to be that the training is required in order to pursue a career in a field/area/profession where you can demonstrate to the Trustees’ satisfaction that women are under-represented. For example, you might be studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, or some branches of Medicine such as Surgery, at a UK institution approved by the Trustees.
…if the course is not in the UK?
No, the course must be at a UK institution.
…if the course I want to attend is abroad?
No, the course must be in the United Kingdom at a UK institution.
…if I want to study Psychology or Medical/Dental/Veterinary studies?
Trustees do not accept that these are fields in which women are under-represented. You must provide some evidence of under-representation in the area in which you intend to specialise after qualifying. Trustees will also expect to see evidence in your personal statement of some practical experience demonstrating a firm intention to pursue a career in this specialist area.
…for an award on an Access programme?
No, awards are not made for Access courses which are entry routes into higher education (HE) specifically designed for mature students (those aged 19+). These courses lead to a nationally recognised Access Certificate award. They are designed to help people develop the necessary confidence and knowledge for getting onto a degree or diploma course.
…for an award on a short programme?
Short courses are those which are for less than a full year. All awards are made and paid for an academic year and the course should last for a full academic year.
…for an award for wholly academic courses and/or academic research?
Where the course is based on academic research or aimed at a career in academia an award would not be made. The Trustees will not make awards to those holding grants from Research Councils, British Academy, and other public sources and, should an award be made, PGR/PhD applicants will be asked to confirm in writing at the time of accepting the award that they have not received an award from the Research Council and that they will advise the Trust should that change.
…for an award for elective studies?
…for an award for intercalated BSc years during a UK Medical, Dental, Veterinary, or Nursing course?
…for an award for a special project in the UK or abroad?
No, awards are made and paid for an academic year. The course should last for an academic year and it must be in the UK at a UK institution.
Do you consider that women are under-represented in your profession?
There are so many possibilities but generally women are under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Architecture. Your application should demonstrate that women are under-represented in your chosen field or profession.
Psychology, Medical, Dental, or Veterinary students will only be considered if they are pursuing an area within that field where it can be demonstrated that women are under-represented
How do I apply?
When do applications open?
The deadline for the 2018/19 academic year (Wednesday 7 February, 2018) has now passed. Applications can be made at any time right through to the closing date for the year in question.
How do I apply?
If you need a hard copy of our guidance and application form, please write, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope to:
Secretary to the Hilda Martindale Trust
How many awards are made each year?
The highest number of awards we have made is 15. Normally, we make fewer than ten awards. We receive five times more applications than the number of awards we make.
When is the closing date?
It’s generally around the beginning of February for awards to be made in the next academic year. The closing date for 2018/19 applications was Wednesday 8 February, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted and retrospective awards cannot be made.
What references are required?
Applications should be returned enclosing a written reference from the first referee named on the application form. Please also give details of a second referee.
First reference – what’s this about?
The person you put down as your first referee needs to provide a written reference that you then submit with the application form.
The first referee should be the Principal, Head of Department, or Personal Tutor of the educational institution you’ve most recently attended or are currently attending.
Second reference - what’s this about?
The application form asks you to give details of a second referee. We may then ask this referee to provide a reference, sending it directly to the Trustees. Your second referee could be a recent employer, for example. Please make sure the referee’s address/email is correct.
Can I send my application by email or does it need to be posted?
Email is fine. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications by email. If you need an acknowledgement by post, please send a stamped addressed envelope with your application form.
I am eligible/will be applying for/ have received a grant from a public source – is this ok?
No, the Trustees will not make awards to those holding grants from Research Councils, British Academy, and other public sources. PGR/PhD applicants to whom Hilda Martindale awards are granted will be asked to confirm in writing at the time of accepting the award that they have not received an award from the Research Council and that they will advise the Trust if they receive one in future.
If I am eligible for a postgraduate loan – may I still apply to the Hilda Martindale Trust?
If you are eligible for a postgraduate loan, we will expect you to have fully explored this option. If you’re in receipt of a loan, you must notify the Trust.
I need some financial assistance urgently. Can the Trust help?
No. Trustees meet once a year only to agree awards for the following academic year. Awards are then paid in three equal instalments throughout the next academic year once your continuing satisfactory attendance has been confirmed each term by the institution you are attending.
When will I hear?
If my application is successful, when will I hear?
The Trustees normally meet soon after the closing date for applications and will notify successful applicants as soon as possible after the meeting. We also notify unsuccessful applicants.
If I don’t receive an award can I appeal?
No, the Trustees’ decision is final and the Trust does not operate an appeals process.
If I don’t receive an award can you tell me why?
Sorry, no. In order to keep costs down the Trust has limited administration support and so cannot provide feedback.