The Marion Redfearn Studentship Award 2021

Marion Redfearn bequest to the University of Surrey for a trust to allow female postgraduate students to gain a postgraduate qualification involving physics, chemistry, maths, or electrical engineering.

Start date
1 October 2021
4 years
Application deadline
Funding source
Marion Redfearn Trust and University of Surrey
Funding information

Full tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and stipend at the UKRI rate, currently £15,609 for 2021/22. This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding.


Marion Redfearn studied Chemistry at Cambridge and followed with a career in the Chemistry Department at the Central Electricity Research Laboratories (CERL) in Leatherhead, Surrey. After a lifelong career in a profession dominated by men, Mrs Redfearn made a bequest to the University of Surrey for a trust to allow female postgraduate students to gain a postgraduate qualification involving physics, chemistry, maths or electrical engineering.

This studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK rate and a maintenance allow, known as a stipend, based on the UKRI minimum stipend level (pro rata for part-time students). Stipend rates are set at the UKRI minimum level in force at the time the studentship is awarded. Rates are revised annually; the current stipend is £15,609 per annum (please see the UKRI website for updates).

Eligibility criteria

The 2021 competition is open to new and existing PGR students that satisfy the eligibility criteria set out below:

  • Be a female, or who self-identifies as female, postgraduate student born in the UK
  • Have at least one degree gained at a university in the UK to at least to the level of a 2.1 degree, or alternatively a 2.2 and a merit or distinction at Masters degree level
  • Have demonstrated academic merit in the past and, in the opinion of the reviewing committee, be capable of demonstrating academic merit in the future
  • Be accepted on a PhD programme in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Electronic Engineering as a part-time or full-time student in October 2021.


Where an applicant does not have home fee status, funding arrangements will be considered at the committee’s discretion. The Faculty may be expected to underwrite sufficient match funding to cover any additional costs associated with the overseas element of tuition fees for the whole period of study.

How to apply

1. Identify and speak to a prospective supervisor 

Within the School/Department pages you will find links to the academic staff lists. Use the lists to identify a prospective supervisor and contact them to discuss your project before submitting an application. You should also discuss the necessity for match funding for this Scholarship with your supervisor and the PGR Director.

2. Apply for a place on a PhD course 

Once you have discussed your project with a prospective supervisor you will need to apply for a place on a PhD course. To apply for a place, please look at our course listings for a relevant programme and follow the online application process.

Relevant courses include:

The deadline for applying for a place is 23:59 GMT on 14 June 2021.

3. Prepare a studentship application​​​

Applications must be made using the Marion Redfearn Trust application form (doc). Please complete and return the form to by 23:59 GMT on 14 June 2021.

Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

The applications will be considered by an internal Faculty panel and ratified by the Marion Redfearn Trust Advisory Committee.

Please see the guidelines for the 2021 competition (doc).

Application deadline

Contact details

Applications and enquiries about the Marion Redfearn Trust at the University of Surrey Research Scholarship should be emailed to:


Secretary to the Marion Redfearn Trust Advisory Committee

Doctoral College

University of Surrey


Surrey GU2 7XH

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