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The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

Women & Gender

The 2015 Women’s Studies application is now closed. Fellows will be notified and announced approximately the first week of February, 2015.

Mission

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, the complex gender dynamics of transidentity management, women’s electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women’s sports, militarism and the education of American women, and the relationship between family commitments and women’s work mobility.

The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. Since the first Women’s Studies Fellows were named in 1974, nearly 500 emerging scholars have been funded, many now prominent in their fields. They are college presidents, distinguished faculty members, artists and novelists, and (in some cases) leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. They include a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, seven Guggenheim Fellows, a number of Fulbright Fellows, and many others who have achieved significant distinctions. Notably, a number of the Fellows volunteer their time as reviewers to help select new Women’s Studies Fellows and enthusiastically support the next generation of scholars exploring women’s issues and matters of gender.

The Fellowship

The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women.

The Women’s Studies competition is for projects in the humanities and social sciences; projects in fields such as management, the clinical and biological sciences, and law are not eligible unless they have a demonstrable academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants working on health-related issues in the social sciences should consider carefully whether their work demonstrably centers on the topic’s social, cultural, and individual aspects.

In 2015, ten Fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies. Successful candidates will be notified by February 28, 2015, and the public announcement of new Fellows will be by May 1, 2015..

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Featured Fellow

Nwando Achebe

Nwando Achebe

WS ’00

Professor of history at Michigan State University; author of The Female King of Colonial Nigeria

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Jennifer Scanlon

WS ’87

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College; author of Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown

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