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GenCen Scholarships

GenCen offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for WGS/LGBTQ program students, as well as Community Engaged Research Internship scholarships and Education Abroad funding. Additionally, we offer annual competitions with monetary prizes for students.

Check out our collection of other scholarship and funding opportunities.

Community Engaged Research Internship Scholarships

These scholarships must be coordinated through the GenCen Undergrad Advisor in conjunction with a Community Engaged Research Internship.


  • Students must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher as well as demonstrated academic or professional experience relevant to the research project and/or organization where they wish to intern.
  • The student must submit a completed Internship Application form to the GenCen Advisor and receive approval from the Women’s and Gender Studies director by the deadline indicated.
  • To apply for a Community Engaged Research Scholarship, include an additional 1-3 paragraphs in your personal statement describing your financial need.
  • Before beginning the research internship, students must successfully complete MSU’s initial online IRB training.

More details on this scholarship can be found on our Internships page.

WGS Education Abroad Scholarships

Applications for GenCen education abroad scholarships for London, Amsterdam, and Malawi Summer 2024 programs are due on March 14th, 2024, via email to gencen(at)

GenCen is pleased to be able to award four $1,000 scholarships to students attending the Summer 2023 Education Abroad program in London (Gender, Sex, and Feminism), Amsterdam (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Sexual Politics), or Malawi (Development and NGOs).

Students are eligible to apply if they are:

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

Applications Must Include:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in the scholarship, how the education 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.
  • 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, via email by March 14th deadline to gencen(at) Please contact the GenCen advisor Pat Arnold at arnoldp5(at) if you have any questions.

Annual Student Competitions

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GenCen sponsors two paper competitions for undergraduates, a feminist activism award, and one paper competition for graduate students. 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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