The Western Front Association is proud to announce that the PhD Grant Scheme is launched for 2023. The aim of the scheme is to provide research scholars the opportunity to enrich their research so that it makes a new and definitive contribution to the knowledge of the First World War. To support PhD researchers in making these important contributions to our understanding of the conflict, The WFA is offering awards of up to £2,000 through this competitive grant. 

Applications are sought from doctoral candidates in their second year or later. The grant is not restricted to the Western Front, nor are there any restrictions regarding the topic. All projects related to the First World War will be considered. 

In return for the financial support, recipients are expected to provide The WFA with publishable material, bringing cutting edge research to members. So far grant winners have published articles on inter-allied relations in Salonika and soldiers’ cartoons, whilst further articles from previous winners on trench art, 38th (Welsh) Division, The Army Service Corps, and Imperial War Grave Commission’s cathedral tablets are with the editors of Stand To! and The Bulletin

Honorary President Professor Gary Sheffield says, 

'As President of The Western Front Association I am very pleased that once again we are offering support for Ph D students working on aspects of the First World War. Having studied for a doctorate myself many years ago, and having supervised a number of PhDs, I am well aware how important funding of this sort can be. It can mean the difference between being able to carry out a research visit, and not being able to get to a particular archive. We are open to students who are looking various types of history, so I encourage anybody eligible to apply. Education is one of the core missions of The WFA, and I am very proud that we are able to give support to researchers at this critical stage of their careers'.

The scheme will be open between 1 September 2023 and 1 December 2023.

The Application Form can be found attached. Any questions and completed application forms should be directed to Dr Adam Prime >