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Graduate Student Funding

GenCen offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students. The GJEC Program sponsors a set of Dissertation Fellowships, with up to 6 awarded annually. The WGS Program administers travel funding for both conference presentations and research collection, awarded throughout the academic year. During the summer, current PhD students (who have either completed or are currently enrolled in the GJEC or WGS specializations) can become instructors for online versions of some core WS courses. The GenCen also offers one paper competition for graduate students annually. More information on all of these funding opportunities is outlined below.

Download an informational flyer on GenCen Resources for Grad Students here [pdf]

GJEC Dissertation Fellowships

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Deadline: December 1, 2018

The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program, at the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), offers fellowships for MSU graduate students annually. Enrollment in the GJEC program is not required. A PDF flyer of the GJEC Fellowships Information is available here. 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)
UP TO 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.

Application requirements:

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

GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship (Up to $8,500)
UP TO 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 within two semesters of receiving the award with a dissertation focused on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

Application requirements:

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

We encourage previously unsuccessful applicants to reapply.

Submit completed applications and all supporting documents via email 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. 

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.

You can read about the past Fellowship Recipients on our GJEC page.

Graduate Student Travel Funding for Conference Presentations

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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.

 

Graduate Student Travel Funding 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.

PhD Graduate Instructors for Summer WS Courses

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The deadline for these positions has passed. Please check back soon for updated submission information!

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 304 in the summer session. These courses will be taught online only. 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.

Annual Student Paper/Activism Competitions

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GenCen sponsors one paper competition for graduate students (the Rita S. Gallin Award), two paper competitions for undergraduates, and a feminist activism award. Information on these awards, lists of previous winners, and the current call for submissions can all be found on our Paper and Activism Awards page.

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