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GJEC Dissertation Fellowships 

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GJEC Dissertation Fellowship
The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program, at the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), is pleased to announce four fellowships* for MSU graduate students for the 2017-18 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU’s Graduate School allows us to offer fellowship opportunities in the following two categories:

GJEC Dissertation Research Fellowship (Up to $10,000) (THREE AVAILABLE)
Eligibility: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree with the exception of their dissertation research. Applicants must have dissertation projects that focus specifically on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship ($8,500) (ONE AVAILABLE)
Eligibility: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed dissertation research and all other requirements for their degree program, except for completion of the dissertation. Funds disperse in Spring or Summer of 2018, and applicants must graduate by the end of Fall 2018 with a dissertation focused on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

Applicants do NOT have to be enrolled in the GJEC Graduate Specialization to qualify for the fellowship. We encourage previously unsuccessful applications to reapply. Applications are due November 1. 

Application [pdf] requirements for GJEC Research Fellowship:

  • Completed Application Form with Research Budget Itemization
  • Copy of Approved Departmental Dissertation Proposal
  • Five-page (double-spaced) Summary of the Dissertation Proposal
  • Letter of Recommendation from Dissertation Committee Chair
  • Curriculum Vitae

Application [pdf] requirements for GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Five-page (double-spaced) Summary of the Dissertation Research
  • Letter of Recommendation from Dissertation Committee Chair
  • Curriculum Vitae

Submit completed applications and all supporting documents via email by November 1, 2017, to:

Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change Program Advisor
Email: gencenga(at)msu.edu  Tel: 517-353-5040

Submissions must be in Word or PDF format

*Awards are contingent upon funds approval and funding will first be applied to any outstanding MSU bills, including MSU short-term loans, tuition bills, etc. Awards will be dispersed Spring or Summer of 2018

Note: Students awarded the completion fellowship cannot receive more than the equivalent of a one-quarter time assistantship from other sources during the semester in which they receive the award. The fellowship is intended to free up students’ time to finish writing their dissertation.

 

Graduate Student Travel Grants for Women's Studies

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Travel for Conference Presentations 

GenCen will be awarding a number of travel grants of up to $300 to support graduate students who will be delivering papers or other presentations on research related to Women's and Gender Studies at academic conferences. A student may only apply for this grant once per academic year, and preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not previously received these funds. These funds should be used to supplement support from the student's home department or the Graduate School. Students must apply for this funding prior to their travel; funding will not be retroactively applied to travel already undertaken. Please note that the student must be registered for at least one credit in the semester that funding is awarded.

Recipients will be selected by the Graduate Sub-Committee of the GenCen Curriculum committee and funds will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

Applications must include:

  • Evidence that a paper/presentation was accepted at an academic conference.
  • A current CV.
  • A letter of support from the student's major advisor.
  • Evidence of support from student's home department (if the student is also applying for Graduate School funding, a copy of the Travel Funding Request Form is acceptable evidence of support).
  • An estimated budget of costs to be incurred.
  • Evidence, such as an abstract, that the presentation has a strong emphasis on gender

Electronic submission of materials is encouraged. Please email materials in Word or PDF format to gencen(at)msu.edu.

Travel for Research Collection

GenCen will be awarding a number of travel grants of up to $500 each to graduate students whose major research focus is women's and gender studies. These funds will be used to support travel to engage in preliminary exploratory research in advance of writing a dissertation grant proposal. A student may only apply and be awarded this grant once in his/her graduate career, and these funds should supplement funds awarded by the student's home department and/or the Graduate School. Students must apply for this funding prior to their travel; funding will not be retroactively applied to travel already undertaken. Please note that the student must be registered for at least one credit in the semester that funding is awarded.

Recipients will be selected by the Graduate Sub-Committee of the GenCen Curriculum Committee and funds will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter describing the student's graduate program and project.
  • A current CV.
  • A letter of support from the student's major advisor.
  • Evidence of support from student's home department and/or the Graduate School.
  • An estimated budget of costs to be incurred.
  • Evidence, such as an abstract, that the project has a strong emphasis on gender

Electronic submission of materials is encouraged. Please email materials in Word or PDF format to gencen(at)msu.edu.

1-15-4FD-112-img_1098.jpgPhD Graduate Instructors for Summer WS Courses


Application Deadline: Applications for the 2017 summer session are now closed.
The Center for Gender in Global Context annually hires advanced PhD graduate students as instructors to teach core courses WS 201, WS 202, and WS 203 in the summer session. These courses can be taught either online or in a conventional classroom setting, with preference given to online courses. Students applying to teach must be doctoral students engaged in some aspect of Women's and Gender Studies, and be advanced to candidacy. Qualifications must include some combination of the following:

  • Previous degree in Women's and Gender Studies.
  • Enrollment in or completion of graduate specialization: Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) or Women's and Gender Studies.
  • Previous teaching experience.

Grad flyer (2017).jpgRita S. Gallin Award for the Best Graduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective

DEADLINE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

The Center for Gender in Global Context conducts this annual graduate student paper competition, named for Rita S. Gallin, Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University, in honor of her 13 years as director of the Women and International Development Program and her scholarship in the area of women, gender, international development, and globalization. The paper should have been written within the past academic year, should be approximately 20 double-spaced pages in length, and should focus on issues related to women, gender, international development, and globalization.

Papers will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be presented at the annual GenCen Open House in January. The winning paper may be peer reviewed for publication in the GPID Working Paper Series or on the GenCen website. Authors will receive a $250.00 prize.

Submissions are to be made to the GenCen office via email at gencen(at)msu.edu (in Microsoft Word, in formats up to Word 2013). Please indicate that you are submitting to the Gallin competition and be sure to include a contact phone number and email address.

Information about our undergraduate paper and activism awards can be found here.

Rita S. Gallin Award Past Winners

  • 2016 - Kristin Denise Rowe, "'Young, Upwardly Mobile Women': Global Identity and Female Subjectivity in Contemporary Nigeria"
  • 2015 - Emily Riley, "The Politics of Téranga: Gender, Power, and the Political Equality Movement in Senegal"
  • 2014 - Kelly Birch, "Salvadoran Deported Men's Return to 'Home'"
  • 2013 - Rowenn Kalman, "Shaping Environmental Subjects in Andean Peru: Gender-mediated Experiences of a New Environmental Consciousness"
  • 2012 - Sabrina Perlman, "Native American Women and Diabetes: Voices in Suffering and Solutions"
  • 2011 - No winner selected
  • 2010 - Emily Antoon, "Ya Sartan Ya Mout: An Alternative Approach to the Mammography Screening Controversy in Israel"
  • 2009 - Lexine Hansen, "Environmental (In)Justice: Water Conservation in Rural Jordan"
  • 2008 - No winner selected
  • 2007 - H. Louise Davis, "Famine Porn: The Construction and Appeal of Ethiopian Madonna Icons in Televised News Coverage of Famine"
  • 2006 - Holly Dygert, "Especially Encultured: Indigenous Women's Struggles in Mexican Development"
  • 2005 - Suzanne Schneider, "On the Periphery of Midwifery: A Critical Analysis of a Community-Based Cancer Screening Program in Mexico"
  • 2004 - Carmen Bain, "Auditing Labor Standards in the Global Agrifood Chain: The Social and Ethical Implications for Chile's Farm Workers"
  • 2003 
    - Michael Madison Walker, "Women, Water Policy and Reform: Examining Global Water Debates and Implications for Women"
    - Deborah Wilson, "Routes to Low Mortality in Predominately Muslim Countries"
  • 2002
    - Rui Niu, "Rising Expectations: A Study of Parental Expectations for Girl's Education in China's Sichuan Province"
    - Jason Konefal, "The Invisibility of Space in Development: Re-Inscribing Space Through a Feminist Politics of Place"
  • 2001 - Kari Bergstrom, "Legacies of Colonialism and Islam for Hausa Women: A Historical Analysis, 1804 to 1960"
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