Application Guidance



What questions do we ask and what are we looking for?

The fund application asks the following questions:

  1. Please outline the activities you will use the funding for? (Word count limit 300 words)

What we are looking for: A description of the activity you will use the grant money for, this could be explaining what equipment you need, what childcare support you need, or the course/event you want to attend.

  1. Please detail the reasons why you are applying for funding from the Joan Davidson fund? (Word count limit 300 words) 

What we are looking for: Why you would benefit from receiving a grant, what challenges are you facing that would make this difficult for you to overcome if you didn’t receive this grant.

  1. Please explain how this grant will benefit your future career? (Word count limit 300 words)

What we are looking for: An idea of your career journey and where this fits in to that plan what learnings you will take from this event or workshop. If this is a career change, please share here what your journey has been so far and what your goals are.

  1. Any additional comments that you feel will benefit your application? (Word count limit 200 words)

What we are looking for: Anything you think that is valuable for us to consider that you haven’t already put into the other questions.



How we score your application and make a decision

We score your application answers to these questions based on the following criteria:

Q1. Please outline the activities you will use the funding for?
1.a Is there a full and detailed description of activities?Marked out of 4
Q2. Please detail the reasons why you are applying for funding from the Joan Davidson fund?
2.a Do they indicate a barrier/challenge to taking part in activity (such as caring/returning to work after a career break/finances/in a role or sector which does not currently have high gender diversity)Marked out of 3
2.b Do they indicate multiple barriers/challenges (such as caring/career returner/finances/in a role or sector which does not currently have high gender diversity)Marked out of 3
Q3. Please explain how this grant will benefit your future career?
3.a Indicates career trajectory and this activity’s ability to support this?Marked out of 4
3.b Indicates how they will apply the learning or experience in their study or role?Marked out of 4
Q4 Any additional comments that you feel will benefit your application?
4.a Does what the applicant shared here add additional weight to their application?Marked out of 2
4.b Is this a unique opportunity for advancing the applicant’s career in STEM? Does this application stand out?Marked out  of 2



DoDon’t
Write clear and detailed answers- we base our decisions on your answers to the questions. Think about what the committee needs to know to make a decision. This will be very helpful as we don’t know your background and profile. For instance, if this is a course it is helpful to know what the course content is about as the committee may not be familiar with it.Feel you need to use all the word limit if your answers are full enough without adding more. We added the word limit so that people don’t provide too much information that perhaps isn’t needed.
Read the questions and the scoring criteria clearly and contact if you aren’t sure about the questions or application process.Worry about spelling/grammar and writing style- you won’t be scored on this.
Consider what challenges you might have in your field that this grant could support you with. Make sure to include this in your application.Submit an application that doesn’t answer all of the questions
Apply to us for tools, equipment, conferences, events or courses that will support your career in STEMApply if you don’t meet the eligibility criteria
Apply to us for support for childcare, travel or overnight stays that might not always be funded elsewhere.Apply to us to cover debts- if you are struggling financially, please contact us and we will try to find a suitable place for support.
Provide information about the required budget, especially if the total amount is split into different activities (i.e. conference cost and tickets to travel)
Try and answer the questions like this, to help us understand your circumstances (this is just an example and not the only reason someone might receive funding):

Please detail the reasons why you are applying for funding from the Joan Davidson fund? 

I am in the middle of an Engineering MEng due to qualify next year. Alongside this I volunteer at Scottish schools to support with science clubs to encourage more young people to be interested in science subjects. This often means I need to be at the schools during lesson times and as I have two children of my own juggling the two can be difficult. This fund of £300 would support me to pay for breakfast club (£4.00) and after school club (£3.50) for my two children for once a week for around four months. This would allow me to continue the volunteering.

Please explain how this grant will benefit your future career? (Word count limit 300 words)

I am almost at the end of my study period, but I am currently studying part time, working part time and volunteering alongside being a parent. This grant will ease some of the financial and time pressures from managing all of this at once at a really busy and critical time for me. The volunteering at the school is something I really enjoy and gives me something that I do for me as a personal development activity. The work I do itself will also be really valuable when I come to apply for jobs, as it is teaching me communication skills (explaining complicated concepts in a simple way), problem solving (managing groups of young people) and it is also giving me professional experience linked to my future job as well as supporting me to secure up to date references. All of which I hope will help me stand out as a candidate in future jobs.

Try to avoid answering the questions like this, where we aren’t necessarily sure about the challenges you face, or how we can help:

Please detail the reasons why you are applying for funding from the Joan Davidson fund? 

For funds for breakfast club and after school club so that I can continue volunteering at a Scottish school in order to further my experience and knowledge for when I’m qualified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please explain how this grant will benefit your future career? (Word count limit 300 words)

I enjoy the volunteering, don’t want to give it up and the volunteering will help me to secure employment once I’ve finished my degree.



Finally… If you still aren’t sure

Some of you may have not completed an application form like this before but we encourage you to apply. Whether you are a STEM student, a woman working in STEM, a woman looking to change to a STEM career, or a woman returning from a career break – this grant process is open to you all. We have provided some guidance on filling in the application but if you have any questions or would like further support in applying, please contact us at