The Western Front Association are pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Masters Grant Scheme.

The purpose of this grant is to provide students undertaking a research dissertation on a First World War topic the opportunity to enrich their research. The WFA will provide the three winners with grants of £300, the purpose of which is to aid their archival research. In addition to the grant, recipients also receive one year’s membership to the WFA (or equivalent reimbursement for those already holding valid membership), giving them access to the association’s vast online resources. In return for the award, recipients will produce a written piece to be published by the WFA or record a podcast.

"I am delighted to see a significant variety of subjects once again in the entries to our award. Not only is it great to be supporting a varied range of projects but knowing that these masters dissertations will be converted to articles or podcasts for the association further down the line really excites me. This return for the rewards means we can bring new, diverse research to members. I would like to thank everyone who entered the process and congratulate the recipients, I cannot wait to see where their research takes them. I would also like to thank the Executive Committee for their continued support of both postgraduate grants," said Universities Trustee Adam Prime.

The Masters Grant will run again in January 2024, prospective applicants should look to the WFA website and social media for updates.

2023 Masters Grant Winners:

  • Mark Jones (University of Birmingham) 'A most rotten arrangement?' Adaption, Innovation and Learning in the 27th and 28th Divisions on the Western Front.
  • Ollie Gilmore (University of Birmingham) How and why did British uniforms and equipment develop from 1914-1918? 
  • Sahra Mezhoud (Sorbonne University, France ) 'The genius of the Fellowship was that it was not merely a propaganda body but something very like a religious order': The 'quiet revolutionaries' of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and their impact on the British pacifist movement during the First World War