You don't have to accept severe period pain or heavy bleeding. Join the "Just a Period" campaign
Home Wellbeing of Women Logo

WoW-BSSVD Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Support early career health professionals and scientists to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding for women with vulval conditions


Co-funded by


Wellbeing of Women-British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease Partnership Postdoctoral Research Fellowships provide a single candidate with up to £30,000 for research lasting up to three years.

Awards may include new and directly incurred research costs but may not be used to pay for salary. 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 support research-active lecturers, or lecturer equivalent level, to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding. These awards are open to researchers who have been awarded an MD or PhD within the last 7 years and are employed by the NHS, HEI or on a postdoctoral research fellowship with at least 40 percent of their time funded to undertake research.

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.

2023 Call timeline

Call launch: Week commencing 8 May 2023

Submission deadline: 3 August 2023 by 1pm

Application outcome: December 2023

Awards start: from February 2024

How to apply

Details will be released if future rounds are scheduled.

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