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GenCen Fellowships & 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

GJEC Fellowship FlyerAcademic Year 2021-2022 GJEC Fellowship Funding Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

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. 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. A copy of the approved departmental dissertation proposal must be received by GenCen prior to disbursement of funding.

Application requirements:

    • Completed Application Form [.docx] with Research Budget Itemization
    • 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.  A copy of the approved departmental dissertation proposal must be received by GenCen prior to disbursement of funding.

Application requirements:

    • Completed Application Form [.docx]
    • 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 in .doc, .docx, or .PDF format to the GJEC Advisor.

*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.
 

With the generous support of the GJEC Fellowship, I am able to conduct extensive ethnographic research in Nzulezo, a small community located in the middle of the Amanzule River in southern Ghana. The people of Nzulezo have lived on the river for over four centuries; yet, their history only travels as far as by word of mouth. GJEC funding has allowed me to take up the task of studying and documenting Nzulezo history, which proffers profound insights into how prolonged human interactions with water have led to the formation of a complex relationship among culture, ecology, and gender. Who will support researchers to undertake such critical studies? GJEC will!!!

-Eric Kesse, 2019-2020 GJEC Dissertation Research Fellow


WGS Dissertation Fellowships

WGS Fellowship FlyerAcademic Year 2021-2022 WGS Fellowship Funding Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

The Women's & Gender Studies (WGS) Program, at the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), offers fellowships for MSU graduate students annually. Enrollment in the WGS program is not required. Generous funding provided by MSU’s Graduate School allows us to offer fellowship opportunities in the following two categories:

WGS 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 incorporate a significant focus on gender and/or sexuality. A copy of the approved departmental dissertation proposal must be received by GenCen prior to disbursement of funding.

Application requirements:

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

WGS 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 that incorporates a significant focus on gender and/or sexuality. A copy of the approved departmental dissertation proposal must be received by GenCen prior to disbursement of funding.

Application requirements:

    • Completed Application Form [.docx]
    • 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 in .doc, .docx, or .PDF format to the WGS Advisor.

*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.


Graduate Student Funding for Virtual Conference Presentations

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These awards are awarded on a rolling basis.

GenCen will be awarding a number of 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.
  • 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 Funding for Research Collection

These awards are awarded on a rolling basis.

GenCen will be awarding a number of research 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 engagement 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. 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

WGS Summer Grad Instructors 2020.pngPlease check back in January 2021 for updated application materials.

The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) annually hires advanced PhD graduate students as instructors to teach core courses WS 201, WS 202, WS 301, WS 304, WS 351, and WS 403 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.

Preferred Applicant Qualifications:

  • Previous degree in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Enrollment in or completion of graduate specialization
    • Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC)
    • Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)
    • International Development (GSID)
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Women's and Gender Studies coursework completed

Application Requirements:

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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