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ACU Gender Grants

Theme: Access and inclusion

Applications open: Monday 8 May 2023
Applications close: Monday 3 July 2023

ACU Gender Grants are awarded annually to member universities to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality on campus.

The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops, and events in areas such as:

  • Supporting women in leadership
  • Raising awareness of sexual harassment and developing anti-sexual harassment initiatives
  • Supporting women in science and research
  • Creating effective institutional policies
  • Mainstreaming gender equity into the curriculum

What does the grant include?

Grants of up to GBP 1000 are available for staff at ACU member universities to help meet the costs of organising projects that promote gender equity and equality.

Grantees are required to submit a short interim report halfway through their project and a comprehensive final report within one month after completing their project.

Apply for an ACU Gender Grant

Previous applicants

If you have previously applied for an ACU Gender Grant you are welcome to apply again. However, please note if your previous application was successful and you have already received an ACU Gender Grant, you will not be eligible to reapply. 

More information

Since the ACU Gender Grants were launched in 2016, 49 universities in 22 countries have benefited, and at least 800 beneficiaries have participated in workshops supported by the grants.

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Meet our Grantees


What our Grantees say

‘The ACU-funded workshop was an excellent opportunity for me to disseminate knowledge on gender equality among various stakeholders. The workshop has resulted in more attention from the university administration to the issue of gender equity and equality. University leadership, as well as other members of the university community, are now seeking my advice and support for initiating similar initiatives on SGBV prevention and other topics supporting gender equity and equality.’ 

Dr S Vasantha, Professor & Head of the Department, MBA - Logistics & Shipping Management, Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies, India

‘As a result of the workshop, gender-related terminology was introduced to policy documents, and gender-related issues  included in teaching and curriculum. Jinnah Sindh Medical University has also established a gender just committee  that has been functioning actively.’

Ms Naushaba Khatoon, Director, APPNA Institute of Public Health, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Pakistan

‘The leadership development workshop motivated the participant female academics to upgrade their qualifications to PhD, a major achievement considering the university need for more staff with PhD qualifications.’

Dr Zakia Ali-Chand, Assistant Professor, College of Humanities and Education, Fiji National University

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