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GJEC Dissertation Fellowships

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We will be offering a second Call For Applications at the beginning of Fall 2017 Semester.

The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program is pleased to announce fellowships for MSU graduate students for the 2017-18 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU's Graduate School has allowed for the development of four up-to-$10,000 fellowship opportunities in the following categories:

GJEC Dissertation Research Fellowship (Funded up to $10,000)

Eligibility for Dissertation Research Fellowship: PhD 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.

Application requirements:
  • Completed Application Form [pdf] 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 (CV).

GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship (Funded at $8,500)

Eligibility for Dissertation Completion Fellowship: PhD students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree program including dissertation research. Applicants must graduate by Spring 2018, and their dissertations must focus on gender as it relates to environmental and/or agricultural change.

Application requirements:
  • Completed Application Form [pdf].
  • Five-page (double-spaced) Summary of the Dissertation Research.
  • Letter of Recommendation from Dissertation Committee Chair.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Download the GJEC Fellowships Flyer [PDF]


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.

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.

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


Annual Student Competitions

dark blue sunsetTracy Dobson Award for Undergraduate Student Feminist Activism

The Center for Gender in Global Context conducts this annual activism competition, named to honor Tracy Dobson's tireless efforts to bring gender equity to MSU, launching MSU's enhanced plan to recruit and retain women faculty and administrators. Her commitment to inform and inspire students to work for social justice led many to law school and to seek careers in public service through elected positions or the nonprofit sector. Professor Dobson retired in 2011 from MSU's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The award honors an MSU undergraduate who has distinguished him or herself through exemplary local, national, or international activism on behalf of gender equity and social justice. The award recognizes those who have achieved a leadership position on behalf of their chosen cause. Evidence of commitment to a feminist cause through the college career as well as dedication to a career in some aspect of gender equity and social justice is required.

For each year's competition, students must submit a submit CV/resume and a three-page description of the feminist cause they have been involved in and their role in the cause. Two letters of support—from a supervisor, co-worker, peer activist or MSU faculty or staff mentor—are also required. A Call for Applications announcement is posted each fall on GenCen's homepage with a specific deadline.

Submissions will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be presented at GenCen's annual Open House in January. The award winner will receive a $200.00 prize.

Tracy Dobson Award Past Winners

  • 2016 - Audrey Matusz, for her efforts in creating intersectional feminist spaces, including with the launch of the "Sometimes Art House" and at the Impact Student Radio Station.
  • 2015
    - Alysa Hodgson, for her advocacy for LGBTQ populations and her leadership in starting a new LGBTQ community youth organization.
    - Cayley Winters, for her advocacy for sexual freedom and her consistent volunteer work with MSU Students for Choice and Planned Parenthood.
  • 2014 - Kyra Stephenson, for her leadership in and dedication to preventing sexual assault and relationship violence, and her advocacy for survivors.
  • 2013
    - Jazmen Moore, for her leadership in, advocacy for, and dedication to the prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.
    - Ryan Tarr, for his leadership in and dedication to peer education on masculinity and hegemony in the feminist and sexual assault prevention movements
  • 2012 - Theresa Squires, for her leadership in, advocacy for, and dedication to gender, disability, and social justice.

Mary Anderson Award for the Best Undergraduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective

The Center for Gender in Global Context conducts this annual undergraduate student paper/project competition, named to honor former women's rights activist and MSU Women's Studies scholar Mary Anderson, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1993. The competition is designed to stimulate research in gender studies and to recognize outstanding work by a young scholar in the field.

For each year's competition, the paper/project should have been completed within the past year and should focus on issues related to women and gender in global perspective. Papers should be approximately 15-20 double-spaced pages in length, with the equivalent for films, websites, etc. A Call for Papers announcement is posted each fall on GenCen's homepage with a specific deadline.

The papers will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be made at GenCen's Annual Open House in January. The winning paper may be peer reviewed for publication in the GPID Working Paper Series or on the GenCen website and its author(s) will receive a $200.00 prize.

Mary Anderson Award Past Winners

  • 2016
    - Bronwen McVeigh, "Death, Divas, and Divorce: Reestablishing Male Dominance Through French Grand Opera"
    - Audrey Schaefer, "Pleasurable Shame: The Feminist Work of Marilyn Minter"
  • 2015 - No winner selected
  • 2014
    - Kyra Stephenson, "Transnational Families: Moroccan Women's Experiences in European Migration"
    - Emma Davis, "Women of Dadaab: Gendered Experiences of Somali Women in the Dadaab Refugee Camps"
  • 2013 - Adam D. Harrison, "Gendered Sexual Violence as a Systematic Weapon of War: The Peruvian and Rwandan Comparative Case Study"
  • 2012 - Rachel Marsden, "Patriarchy and Health: Cultural and Societal Contributions to Fistula in Ethiopia"
  • 2011
    - Chelsea Gallagher, "Caring for the North: Female Domestic Workers in Los Angeles and Rome"
    - Melissa Graham, "Mass Rape and the Bosnian War: Female Bodies as Sites of Oppression and Resistance"
  • 2010 - Rebecca Farnum and Aileen Reid, "Feminists in Fundamentalism: Orthodox Jewish Women and Empowerment"
  • 2009 - Hannah Rubitschun, Emily Dubosh, Megan Havrilla, and Rachael Soren, "Female Genital Mutilation: The Intersection of Law and Policy on Bodily Rights"
  • 2008 - Yvette Efevbera, "What's Happening to Uganda's Girls? The Effects of War on Youth Culture in Northern Uganda"
  • 2007 - Amanda Baranowski, "'More Determined:' Women's Participation in Environmental Movements in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Brazil"

Rita S. Gallin Award for the Best Graduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective

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.

For each year's competition, the paper should have been written within the past year, should be approximately 20 double-spaced pages in length, and should focus on issues related to women, gender, international development, and globalization. A Call for Papers announcement is posted each fall on GenCen's homepage with a specific deadline.

The papers will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be made at GenCen's Annual Open House in January. The winning paper will be peer reviewed for publication in the GPID Working Paper Series and its author will receive $200.00.

Rita S. Gallin Award Past Winners 

  • 2016 - Kristin 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"

Women's & Gender Studies Study Abroad Scholarships

resized - student funding 1.jpgThe Application Deadline for Summer 2017 Scholarships has passed. Applications for Summer 2018 will open in January 2018.

GenCen shall be awarding one scholarship each to students attending the Women's & Gender Studies Study Abroad Programs in Malawi (Development and NGOs: Internships), London (Gender, Sex, and Feminism), and Amsterdam (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Sexual Politics). These scholarships, for $1,000-$1,250 each, are made possible by generous donations to the 2017 Director's Challenge Campaign.

Students are eligible to apply if they are:

  • Enrolled in a Women's & Gender Studies degree program (WGS major/minor or LGBTQ minor).
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Have demonstrated the capacity to make a difference in public service upon graduation.

[Administrative Note: In 2016, per the Abbott-Haskin Endowment, we included a requirement that applicants be rising juniors, juniors, or seniors. However, for the 2017 application season we have removed this eligibility requirement.]

Applications Must Include:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in the scholarship, how the study abroad program furthers their scholarly interests, and how they plan to use their women's and gender studies degree after graduation.
  • A resume or CV.
  • Proof of acceptance to one of the listed WGS Study Abroad programs.
  • Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need; materials in support of demonstrating such need are encouraged as applicable.

Submit materials, as Word or PDF attachments, to gencen(at)msu.edu. Please contact the GenCen office at 517-353-5040 or gencen(at)msu.edu if you have any questions.

Download the Women's & Gender Studies Summer 2017 Study Abroad Scholarship flyer [pdf]


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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.

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