Awards and Scholarships

The Centre for Research in Quaker Studies and the Quaker Studies Research Association are able to offer some assistance to students in Quaker Studies.

This page contains details of the David Adshead Award and the Gerald Hodgett Award.

David Adshead Award

The annual David Adshead Visiting Scholarship offers a first or second-year full time (or first to fourth year part-time) research postgraduate five nights full board accommodation at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham enabling twenty-four-hour access to the Quaker Collection there.

The late David Adshead set up the Centre for Quaker Studies at the University of Sunderland, the journal Quaker Studies and the George Richardson Lecture. His part in putting Quaker studies on the academic map helped other initiatives to grow and develop. Those who knew David remember his great enthusiasm for research and his care of his students. He was particularly encouraging of those just starting out on their research degrees, hence the focus of the Scholarship.

The time can be taken at any time in the year from a Sunday to Friday, subject to what else is happening at Woodbrooke.  Applicants need to send a copy of their research proposal, a letter of support from their Director of Studies, the preferred dates for the visit and how they hope to use the time and the Woodbrooke collection, and contact information.

The closing date for applications is January 30. Applications should be sent to:
QSRA (David Adshead Award), Ben Pink Dandelion, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, 1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6LJ, England, or

Gerald Hodgett Award

The Gerald Hodgett Award Scheme offers grants of up to £1000 per applicant for the dissemination of research findings for the benefit of Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM), its Meetings and members by students and graduates of Quaker Studies and related post-graduate research. 

We encourage a creative approach from applicants, for them to think widely about how research may best be disseminated and how a Hodgett Award might help. The focus of the award is demonstrable benefit to BYM, its meetings and/or members.

Before applying, please read the guidance notes [PDF]. When you are ready, please download the application form [Word] and the market research form [Word].

Get in touch for more information about applying.