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WoW-BSSVD Entry Level Scholarships

Enable healthcare professionals to develop interests in research to improve outcomes for women with vulval conditions


Closes: 1 pm on 30 June 2022

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Wellbeing of Women in partnership with the British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease (BSSVD) will jointly fund one Entry Level Scholarship (ELS) to provide a single candidate with up to £20,000 for research lasting normally up to one year. Funds are for directly incurred research costs and may include a salary contribution. Applicants do not have to be members of the BSSVD, but successful candidates are expected to join the Society on receipt of their award. The research must be undertaken in the UK.

The award will fund the successful candidate in a basic science, clinical or translational research project into the cause and management of vulval diseases, to improve evidence-based practice and ultimately lead to better outcomes for women with vulval conditions.

Awards are intended to provide ‘pump-priming’ funds to enable professionals involved in vulval disease to be exposed to a research environment and to obtain pilot data that will enhance an application for a research fellowship (PhD or MD). Applicants would normally be new to the research discipline and will not previously have been heavily involved in substantial or funded research projects.

An ELS is not intended as a ‘top-up’ for existing grants. Its primary purpose is to support a single individual at an early stage of their research career.

Lichen sclerosus is a particular research priority area identified by the BSSVD, as informed by the James Lind Alliance Lichen Sclerosus Priority Setting Partnership (LSPSP). However, as vulval disease is a subspecialty area which is typically under-researched and under-funded, research proposals that address other aspects/conditions of vulval disease will be considered.

Call timeline

Call launch: 7 April 2022

Submission deadline: 30 June 2022 by 1pm

Application outcome: December 2022

Awards start: from February 2023

How to apply

Download the ELS application forms and guidance below. Before applying, please read the grant guidance.

WoW Entry Level Scholarship Application Form 2022

WoW Research Questions for Non-standard Animals

WoW Entry Level Scholarship Guidance for Applicants 2022

If you have any queries, please contact the Wellbeing of Women research team at or call 020 3697 6350.