- promoting the study of biosocial sciences -



Parkes Foundation Grants in 2018:


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, conservation and human genetics.  Studies outside these areas, for example, animal (including primate) projects and evolution will not be supported. 

The usual small grant award will be of the order of £800, but it may be increased up to a maximum of £1500 in very special circumstances. Small grants 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

One grant of up to £3000 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 or demography or fertility.

Students in receipt of a research council grant or equivalent are not eligible to apply for a PhD Grant.


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. There are separate application forms for the two funds.

- Form for 2018 Small Grant application [click here]

- Form for 2018 PhD Grant application [click here]

Applications for 2018 open on Friday 1st December 2017 and close on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

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 2018 will be considered by the Trustees and awards will be made in March/April 2018.


Awardees: To see previous award holders, project titles and affiliations, click here.



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