Martha Farrell Fellowships

Theme: Access and inclusion
Martha Farrell Fellow 2017 Carmen

The Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship helps drive systemic change– both on campus and beyond.

To date, fellows from ACU member universities across East Africa and Asia have benefited from the Martha Farrell Foundation’s expertise, receiving specialist training and support to combat sexual harassment and in turn boost equity and equality.

Working in partnership with the Martha Farrell Foundation ​highlights our commitment to advancing gender equity across the Commonwealth.  ​

About the Fellowship

Three fellowships are available in 2020, offering an online training programme delivered by the Martha Farrell Foundation.

As part of the application, applicants will need to submit a work plan to show how their home institution could address the issue of sexual harassment on campus. The training will offer practical solutions and advice for the development and implementation of the plan. It will be delivered during November 2020.

Six months after completing the training, the fellow will submit a detailed report demonstrating how the training enabled them to put their action plan into effect.

Who is eligible?

This opportunity is open to professional and academic staff at ACU member universities in the following countries: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

What does the fellowship include?

Fellows will receive free access to the training programme and follow-up online support from the Martha Farrell Foundation. In addition, each fellow will receive a grant of GBP 1000 in order to support the implementation of their initiative.


Dr Martha Farrell was director of PRIA’s gender programme and campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights, gender equality, and adult education. In 2015, while in Afghanistan to lead a gender training workshop, she was among 14 people killed in a Taliban attack.

The Martha Farrell Foundation was set up in her memory to continue her work.

How to apply

Applications close on Wednesday 26 August, at 23:59 UTC+1.

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