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The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

Women & Gender

The 2015 Women’s Studies application is now open!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am a foreign citizen. Can I apply for the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies?
A:
Yes, foreign citizens may apply if they meet the following criteria:

  1. They are enrolled in a doctoral program at an American university located in the United States.
  2. They have completed all pre-dissertation requirements.

Q: I am a U.S. citizen studying abroad. Am I eligible to apply for the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies?
A:
No. Only students currently enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. are eligible to apply.

Q: Who should apply for the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies?
A: Ph.D. Candidates may apply if all pre-dissertation requirements are met, if questions of women and gender studies are of central to their dissertations, and if they can reasonably expect to complete their dissertations during tenure of the award.

Q: Can the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies be held concurrently with other dissertation fellowships?
A: Yes.

Q: What materials are required for a completed application?
A: The online application, unofficial doctoral transcripts, supplemental items (cover sheet, abstract, proposal, bibliography, timetable and C.V.), and two letters of recommendation.

Q: Who should I ask to be my recommenders?
A: You should ask the person who is directing your dissertation and an additional faculty member. (A co-director may be listed as a faculty recommender.) The faculty member may be from your own institution or department or a different institution or department.

Q: What if my recommender declines my request to submit a letter of recommendation?
A: If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email. If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your account page and Start a new recommendation process with a different recommender.

Q: What if I need to change the name of one of my recommenders, but I have already submitted my application?
A: If the recommender in question has not submitted a letter, go to the Submit Supplemental Items section of your account, in the Recommendation Request Section. To change a recommender click on Cancel and then following the procedures to Start a new recommendation process with a different recommender, or to Resend a request to one of your recommenders, if necessary. If the recommender in question has submitted a letter, no change is possible.

Q: What if my recommender does not receive the automated request to submit a letter of recommendation?
A: Go to the Submit Supplemental Items section of your account, in the Recommendation Request Section. Click the button to Resend a request to one of your recommenders.

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