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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies. The fellowship offers awards for candidates doing original significant research about gender that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Application deadline: October 11, 2009.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies
Applications must be filed electronically and are available online at
www.woodrow.org/womens-studies. Components of the application to be filed online include an abstract (maximum of 200 words); a dissertation proposal no longer than six pages, double-spaced (approximately 2,000 words), outlining the dissertation and discussing its relevance to women and gender studies; a two-page selected bibliography; a one-page timetable for completion; and a statement of commitment to women and gender studies. In addition to the online application, a graduate transcript from the applicant's Ph.D. institution and two letters of recommendation--one from the dissertation director and one from another faculty member--must be separately submitted. Applications will be judged on originality and significance to women and gender studies, scholarly validity, the applicant's academic preparation/ability to accomplish the work, and whether the dissertation will be completed within a reasonable time period.
The 2010 recipients of Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's Studies will receive up to $3,000 to be used for expenses connected with the dissertation. These may include, but are not limited to, travel, books, microfilming, taping, and computer services. Recipients will be announced in late January 2010.
Students in doctoral programs in any field of study at graduate schools in the United States are eligible to apply. Candidates must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements, including approval of the dissertation proposal. Candidates should expect to complete their dissertation between January and August 2011. Candidates who are within a few months of completing their work should not apply.
Woodrow Wilson Women's Studies Fellows are selected in two stages. Committees of noted scholars review applications for excellence in their fields and choose the finalists in the competition. A final interdisciplinary committee makes choices based on the overall quality of the proposal, its originality, scholarly validity, the applicant's academic preparation and ability to accomplish the work within a reasonable time period. In addition, the committee considers the contribution of the dissertation to understanding of women and gender issues, as well as the candidate's commitment to scholarship on women and gender. 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.

The 2010 Final Selection Committee

Janet Golden • History, Rutgers University, Camden
Regina Smith Oboler, WS 1975 • Anthropology, Ursinus College
Martha Nell Smith, WS 1984 • English, University of Maryland
If you are interested
Please go to www.woodrow.org/womens-studies and review the information provided, including FAQ and Eligibility/Application Information. If, after reviewing these pages, you have further questions, please contact Susan Billmaier, Assistant Program Director, by email at Billmaier@woodrow.org.