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Gender, Justice & Environmental Change Program (GJEC)

Gender, Justice and Environmental Change (GJEC) is a graduate specialization available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master's and doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. The specialization is sponsored jointly by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Social Science

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This program, first offered in Fall 2000, is the first of its kind in the nation explicitly focusing on the intersection of gender, environmental change, and social and environmental justice. The program is designed in particular to examine these issues and processes from both local and global perspectives, challenging traditional dichotomies between the First and Third Worlds, and the North and the South.

The Issues

Researchers, policy-makers, and activists have increasingly recognized the critical importance of these interlocking dimensions for understanding the social relations underlying many environmental problems, from Love Canal in New York to the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. Examples of emerging scholarship in this field include how gender, class, race, and ethnicity intersect in:

  • the environmental politics of international issues such as biotechnology and globalization.
  • grassroots environmental justice movements.
  • use and management of agricultural and natural resources.
  • feminist environmental economics/human-environment relations in history and in literature.

The Program

The GJEC program offers graduate students a supportive and rigorous academic environment for exploring these issues, as well as credentials demonstrating specialized training in the field. The certification of the specialization will appear on the student's transcript. The specialization is intended to:

  • provide graduate students from different disciplinary backgrounds with the analytical and methodological tools to address environmental and/or agricultural issues from gender relations and social justice perspectives.
  • provide students with a global perspective on environmental and/or agricultural issues by drawing out local-global linkages.
  • foster the growth of research, service, and interdisciplinary collaboration in the fields of gender and environmental studies.
  • increase awareness among faculty, students, and the public of the linkages between gender and the environment, both domestically and internationally.

The program is flexible and cross-disciplinary in design, and with faculty and student participation. Students in natural science fields can use the specialization to integrate gender and justice concerns with their regular program. Students in social sciences will be exposed to the background, concepts, and methods of environmental studies necessary to communicate with natural scientists and policy makers. The Graduate Advisor will assist each student in planning a program of study that is related to their interests, capabilities, and professional goals. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for their master's or doctoral degree. Contact the Graduate Advisor for assistance in designing your specialization.


The specialization is flexible and multidisciplinary, designed in consultation with the GJEC Coordinator. The student must meet the following requirements, totaling 12 credits:

  1. Complete the following two core courses, offered in alternate years (6 credits):
    • FW/ANP/FOR/GEO/RD/SOC 858 "Gender, Justice and Environmental Change: Issues and Concepts" (3 credits).
    • ANP/FW/FOR/GEO/RD/SOC 859 "Gender, Justice and Environmental Change: Methodology and Application" (3 credits)
  2. Complete one policy course relevant to the specialization (3 credits).
  3. Complete one elective course relevant to the specialization (3 credits).

It is recommended that each student choose policy and elective courses in consultation with the GJEC Coordinator to ensure the courses provide the student with the necessary training and skills, and contribute to a well-rounded program of study.

Successful completion of the courses that fulfill the GJEC requirements may also apply to the student's degree, depending upon the student's departmental degree requirements.

During the semester before graduation, the student must fill out a form, available at GenCen (206 International Center), that confirms that the student has completed the requirements for the specialization. The form will be signed by the GJEC/GenCen Director and by the Assistant Dean, and submitted to the MSU Registrar's Office. The specialization will then appear on the student's transcript.

Download the program brochure for Gender, Justice and Environmental Change here [pdf]

GJEC Dissertation Fellowships

Learn about the 2017-2018 Fellowship Recipients!

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 2018-19 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) (THREE 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. Applicants must graduate by the end of Fall 2019 with a dissertation focused on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

We encourage previously unsuccessful applications to reapply. Applications are due March 26, 2018.

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 March 26, 2018 to:

Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change Program Advisor
Email: gencenga(at)  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. 

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.



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