Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship

The background

Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) is a leading Indian NGO whose work focuses on empowering the excluded through capacity and knowledge building and policy advocacy, with a particular focus on gender mainstreaming.

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.

The Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship will draw on the Foundation’s expertise to offer a staff member from an ACU member university training and support to enable them to introduce an effective anti-sexual harassment initiative at their home university.


Open to professional and academic staff of ACU member universities in Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

The Fellowship

The fellowship offers a one-week training programme hosted by the Martha Farrell Foundation in New Delhi, India. As part of the application, you will need to submit an outline action plan showing how your home institution can address the issue of sexual harassment on campus. The training received will offer practical solutions and advice for the implementation of the plan.

Six months after returning to their institution, the fellow will submit a detailed report showing how the training has enabled them to put their action plan into effect.

Travel will take place in September or October 2017. The exact dates will be discussed with the successful applicant.

Value of Fellowship

The Fellow will receive funded return economy travel to New Delhi and accommodation, local travel, and sustenance while undertaking the training. In addition, a grant of up to GBP 1000 can be claimed for research costs and other costs arising from the fellowship.

How to apply

Applications closed on Friday 12 May 2017.