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Jane Moody Scholarships 2020-21

Posted on 12 October 2020

Funded by the Jane Moody Scholarship Fund

The HRC is delighted to be able to offer a small number of grants from the Jane Moody Scholarship Fund for the year 2020-21. 

Named in memory of the HRC’s founding Director, the Jane Moody Scholarships will provide funding for PhD students and recent PhD completers to learn new skills or work with external partners or communities that are new to them. Recipients are encouraged to cross traditional boundaries and to be creative and experimental in their approach. The aim of the scholarships is to develop and enhance workplace skills, with an emphasis on communication skills (spoken, written, visual), so scholars can convey complex ideas in a way that is accessible to a non-specialist.   


The scheme is intended to enable projects which might otherwise be difficult to fund, and to help PhD students and those who have recently finished their PhD to gain skills that will be important in the next stage of their career. In particular, the scheme will support projects that have an element of ‘discipline hopping’, or creative experimentation, or engagement with external partners or communities. An important element of the Scholarship is to develop and enhance new skills. 

Communication skills are especially important, and the project must result in at least one output. This must be aimed at a general audience, such as a public talk, an article (e.g. The Conversation), film, exhibition materials, public engagement event (e.g. York Festival of Ideas, Being Human Festival). This output is an essential part of the evaluation of the completed project, and associated costs should be requested at the application stage.

You will need a mentor for this project: this is someone who is willing to contribute to your personal development by giving you open and honest advice and feedback on the project. The HRC Director or Deputy Director will be happy to help you find a mentor if need be. Your mentor will normally be an academic member of staff at the University of York.


The scheme is open to currently registered PhD students in the Arts and Humanities at the University of York, current HRC postdoctoral fellows, and those who have completed their PhD in the Arts and Humanities at the University of York within the last 12 months (i.e. between 1 October 2019 and now). 

Size and duration of the grant

The grant will consist of a payment at a flat rate of £1000 towards subsistence + up to £2000 of research costs, including costs towards the output of the project. Typical research costs will be e.g. travel, fees for access to resources, or materials. The subsistence payment will be paid in two instalments, one at the start of the project, and the other after an interim report. The Scholarship will run for the academic year 2020-21, ending September 15th 2021. All outputs from the project need to be completed by this date

How to apply

You will need to submit the following things:
  • Application form, including a project outline and a full set of costs associated with the project, including any costs associated with the final communication piece
  • CV
  • A statement from your mentor
  • A statement from your supervisor if you have not completed your PhD, affirming that they support your application
  • A statement from any external partners that they are willing to work with you in delivering your project

Jane Moody Scholarship application form (MS Word , 71kb)

The application should be submitted as an email attachment sent from your University email address to The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 30th October 2020.