PhD students in Gender & Women’s Studies are offered 5 years of guaranteed funding (salary at the 50% level, tuition remission, and health benefits). MA students in Gender and Women’s Studies receive 2 years of guaranteed funding support through Teaching Assistantships (salary at the 50% level, tuition remission, and health benefits). These funding guarantees refer to the 9-month academic year. The Department does its best to provide summer support.
The funding for PhD students may come in a 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.
Graduate Student Professional Development Funds
MA and 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 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.
GWS Research Awards
During the 2023-2024 academic year, the Department will offer research awards for 1st year PhD students in Gender and Women’s Studies to support summer research. The Graduate Committee will review applications and distribute up to $1000 for research-related travel and supplies. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, travel to conduct research, purchase of necessary software or data, and registration fees for summer research institutes/workshops.
Application: Please submit a 1-2 page proposal that includes an outline and background for the project and a detailed budget breakdown of any requested funds by April 5, 2024. Here is the link to the submissions folder.
Research Awards from the Center for Research on Gender and Women
- 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 (paused for 2023-2024)