The Eira Francis Davies Scholarship is a full tuition fee scholarship ordinarily awarded to one outstanding female student per academic year. The student must be a national of and resident in an eligible developing country, who pursues a postgraduate taught Master’s programme within Swansea University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
Applicants must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:
- hold a minimum 2:1 Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification.
- have formally accepted an offer to study one of the following full-time, postgraduate taught Master’s programmes at Swansea University for entry September 2021:
- Child Public Health, MSc
- Health Care Management, MSc
- Long Term and Chronic Condition Management, MSc
- Public Health and Health Promotion, MSc
- Clinical Psychology and Mental Health, MSc
- Cognitive Neuroscience, MSc
- Research Methods in Psychology, MSc
- Genomic Medicine, MSc
- Health Data Science, MSc
- Health Informatics, MSc
- Medical Radiation Physics, MSc
- Nanomedicine, MSc
- be female.
- be a new student to Swansea University from September 2021.
- within their application, demonstrate strong academic ability, financial plan to study and motivation for their chosen course at Swansea University.
- be a national, and permanent resident of, a non-EU developing country listed by the World Bank Country and Lending Groups classification as being ‘low income’ or ‘lower-middle income’ as of June 2020. Eligible countries can be found here.
- not receive any other financial support from Swansea University (e.g. tuition fee reduction, scholarship or bursary).
- not be a progressing student from The College, Swansea University.
Meet our Eira Francis Davies Scholarship Holders
Previous Eira Francis Davies Scholarship winners have come from a range of different academic backgrounds and have travelled from many different countries. Find more about our previous Eira Francis Davies Scholarship Holders.
Who was Eira Francis Davies?
Eira Francis Davies was born on 17th March 1925 to parents Annie and David Davies in Glynneath, South Wales.
Eira left Wales in her early adult life to work for The Society for The Overseas Settlement of British Women (S.O.S.B.W) in London as a Child Welfare Officer. The S.O.S.B.W was created in 1919 as part of the British government’s post-war adjustments to the economy to facilitate the migration of female workers to former white settler colonies. She travelled to Canada in Sept 1955 and upon her return to Britain in 1956, settled once more in her hometown of Glynneath as Assistant Director of Social Services for West Glamorgan.
Eira understood the value and transformative power of education; especially to women from countries whose economic, social and cultural background might present challenges and barriers to the realisation of their potential. As a woman of independent means, in 2012 Eira endowed a significant fund to Swansea University for the establishment of a Scholarship in her name. Her purpose was to help such women realise their potential, and in doing so lift both their community and home country.
Eira took a keen interest in the women that her scholarship sponsored. She followed their progress and their stories and enjoyed meeting them at the annual Scholarship Winners Dinner – although preferring to keep her identity hidden, she never revealed herself as their benefactor.
Eira Francis Davies passed away on 9th September 2020 aged 95. Swansea University proudly continues to support the Eira Francis Davies Scholarship as a testament to Eira’s legacy and extraordinary vision.Donate to Eira Francis Davies Scholarship