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Applications are now open for students and early career researchers, (up to 3 years post PhD completion), at Welsh universities to apply for two new grant schemes designed to support a broad range of research activity.
The Professor Beatrice Edgell Grant aims to support psychological research and related training for a postgraduate student or early career researcher studying at, or employed by, a Welsh university. The Professor Idwal Jones Grant provides the same level of support, but is specifically designed to aid research activity with a focus on the Welsh language and/or Welsh communities. The names of the grants were decided upon following a vote by the branch’s members.
There are ten Professor Beatrice Edgell Grants available, and five Professor Idwal Jones grants, with £400 awarded to each successful applicant to aid their research. In order to apply, applicants must be studying and/or employed at a university in Wales. Applications are open to students studying at MSc/MRes and PhD level and to early career/post-doctoral researchers who completed their PhD with the last three years.
Dr Josh Payne, chair of the Welsh branch said, “We are delighted to open these new grants for applications following a vote amongst our members to decide the names. We hope that the grants will enable students and aspiring psychologists to conduct and expand their research and continue the long and proud tradition of psychological research within Wales and from Welsh universities.”
Professor Beatrice Edgell
Professor Beatrice Edgell was the first British woman to gain a doctorate in psychology and the first British woman to be named a professor of psychology. She was also the first woman to be president of the British Psychological Society and the Mind Association. She studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and is credited with inspiring a number of her students who became notable psychologists, including Professor Dame Olive Wheeler.
Professor Idwal Jones
Born in Pen-clawdd, Professor Idwal Jones was a champion of the Welsh language and was one of the pioneers writing on modern psychology in Welsh. He was responsible for officially initiating the teaching of a subject through the medium of Welsh in the University of Wales, and much of the success in establishing Welsh as a recognised medium of instruction at university level is due to him. He was the chair of education at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and under his leadership the Department of Education at Aberystwyth developed as a significant international centre for bilingual studies.