Funding Opportunities

Each student accepted into the PhD program in Gender & Women’s Studies will be given 5 years of guaranteed funding (salary at the 50% level, plus tuition remission) , conditional on the student remaining in good standing. This guarantee refers to the 9 months of the academic year. The Department, in addition, will do its best to provide support in the summer.

This funding may come in any combination of internal fellowships (e.g., University Fellowship, Graduate Research Scholars Fellowship), Teaching Assistantships, Project Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and external fellowships for which you apply (e.g., National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, AAUW Dissertation Fellowship).

Graduate Student Research Awards

PhD students in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies can apply to the GWS Graduate Committee using this form for funds to cover travel and other expenses related to conference participation or research. We encourage PhD students to apply well ahead of their conference or research related travel and no later than one month before the funds are to be used.

The Center for Research on Gender and Women offers the following competitive awards for graduate student research, to which PhD students may also apply:
Mary Washburn Willets Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences
The Hyde Dissertation Research Award for Graduate Students
Worcester/Whatley/Leavitt Award
Deborah A. Hobbins Graduate Student Award in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
Dissertation Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Studies