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Requirements for Graduate Student Projects

All proposals should be sent to

If it is useful, a general grant proposal template can be found HERE.

  1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed the WMST Grad Certificate.
  2. Proposed projects must be related to Women’s and Gender Studies.
  3. Applicants must commit to including and mentoring a WMST undergraduate student as part of this project.
    • Inclusion of a WMST undergraduate is ideal, but not required.
  4. IWS will prioritize proposals for research that spans 2 semesters (but we will consider proposals for research that can be completed within 1 semester). Successful proposals will be funded with $1000/semester for the graduate student and $500/semester for the undergraduate student. (Note: this is equivalent to about 30 hours of work for the undergraduate student.)
  5. For 2-semester projects, the proposal should specify which two semesters the project will encompass: Summer/Fall, Fall/Spring, Spring/Summer, or Spring/Fall. (Note that two semester projects must take place in consecutive semesters with the exception of Spring/Fall projects.) 
  6. 2-semester projects will require a mid-point check-in to determine eligibility for continuing into the second semester.
  7. We will prioritize proposals that engage with community partners and/or have public-facing research results. Consider 21st Century modes of research communication such as: 
    • podcasts 
    • a research display at the public library
    • an online website or ‘storymap’
    • a collaborative ‘zine’ or pamphlet distributed locally
    • a community panel and discussion
  8. CREATIVE collaborations must include a local organization and have public presentations of final products that amplify the multivocal character of our community and/or draw attention to pressing concerns.
    • Community partners must be confirmed for accepted proposals to receive funding.
    • IWS will consider proposals that do not yet have clear confirmation from the community partner IF the applicant already has an existing relationship with the potential partner (such as work or volunteer experience) but needs more time to confirm their participation.
  9. Proposals may be related to the graduate student’s thesis work or to an unrelated area of research.
  10. Mellon funds may be combined with other funds and grants.
  11. All successful grantees will be required to attend a kick-off meeting to discuss expectations and answer questions about the grants.

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