2022-23 Sexual & Reproductive Health Research Equity Scholarship

This scholarship is funded through a partnership between Decolonising Contraception and LSHTM to support the design, implementation and utilisation of research focused on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of marginalised communities in the UK.

The Research to Advocacy in SRHR Equity Scholarship has a budget of GBP 3,000.00 to offer up to 6 awards of GBP 500.00 to support students conducting novel research on gaps and emerging priorities in SRHR of marginalised communities in the UK.

The purpose of the scholarship is to help fund MSc project expenses including, for example, recruitment tools, phone credit, travel costs, and research materials for these types of projects. The aim is to reduce barriers to conducting research in this area.

Eligibility for funding

Any MSc student whose MSc project focuses on SRHR and marginalised communities in the UK can apply.

This scholarship is only open to students currently registered on any of the 19 intensive (London-based) MSc programmes of study at LSHTM. Unfortunately, it is not available to students registered on distance-learning programmes.

Funding is available for projects which focus on SRHR and marginalised communities in the UK. Examples of SRHR topics include contraception, abortion, sexuality, sexual health, sexuality education. Marginalised communities include racialised groups, people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, disabled people, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, other minoritised groups. Funds will only be available for studies of SRHR and marginalised groups. Studies with a focus on marginalisation but not SRHR are not eligible, and SRHR studies with no focus on marginalised groups are not eligible. Successful applications must explain how the work will cover both SRHR and marginalised groups.

Priority will be given to projects that address key aspects of SRHR for marginalised groups in the UK. The findings will be fed back to advocacy organisations working in this field, providing a direct route from research into practice.

The award panel will assess each application based on

  • The topic and the population of interest
  • The potential impact of their work on advocacy around SRH of marginalised population in the UK
  • A personal statement showing how the project could help the population and aligns with their personal career objectives

How to apply

Applicants must submit all of the following, in a single email, to

  • a completed application form (docx); 
  • a complete Curriculum Vitae; 
  • a personal statement of no more than one A4 side showing how the project could help the population and aligns with their personal career objectives;
  • a full budget of projected costs for the MSc project (which should include justification for costs, and highlight which costs are to be covered by the scholarship (as well as show details of how other costs will be covered); and
  • a project outline of no more than two A4 sides (which should include background/introduction and rationale, aims and objectives, method details, anticipated impact of the project, and how this funding will be used to accomplish the project’s aims).

Incomplete applications will not be considered for this funding.

By submitting an application for this funding applicants agree to its terms and conditions.

Please note that all applications will only be reviewed and processed after the deadline. All applications that are submitted before the deadline will be considered equally, regardless of submission date.


The deadline for receipt of complete applications is 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 23 April 2023.

Any award payment will only be processed following confirmation of successful ethics approval.