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Women’s and Gender Studies Program


Fellowships and Awards

Each year Women's and Gender Studies awards a variety of scholarships and awards for teaching, scholarship, and research to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty in Women's and Gender Studies.

Undergraduate Fellowships and Awards

Arney Robinson Childs Student Award

Arney Robinson Childs Student Award

Each year our faculty nominate one student for a $250 award in honor of Dr. Arney Robinson Childs, a lifelong educator and trailblazer for women. Students who are eligible for this award should: 

  • Be a senior 
  • Have a record of extraordinary achievement and contributions to Women's and Gender Studies classes
  • Exemplary commitment to women's issues on campus or in the community 

Faculty should send the name of the student they're nominating and a hard copy and an electronic copy (put "Childs Award" in the subject line) of a detailed letter of nomination to Dr. Carla Pfeffer at pfefferc@mailbox.sc.edu. Nominations deadline: October 13, 2018.

Graduate Fellowships and Awards

Harriott Hampton Faucette

The Harriott Hampton Faucette Award is designed to assist Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate students with research and professional development. Proposals should be consistent with the research mission of Women’s and Gender Studies to reconceptualize knowledge, create new knowledge, and/or reinterpret existing knowledge through the lens of gender and the prism of diversity.

Eligibility: This award is open to all Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate students and students currently enrolled in Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate courses.

Award amount: Maximum of $500. Award is for research/professional development expenses (travel expenses, books, supplies, equipment). Awardees will be recognized at Women's and Gender Studies Awards Day. Please be aware that receipt of this money may affect your financial aid.

Application Process: The application consists of the following:

  • A cover page that includes the project title, your name, email address, postal address, and telephone number
  • A two-page proposal that addresses the aim and purpose of the research, the methodology and the significance of the research to the research mission of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • An itemized budget of expenses to be covered by the award
  • A one-page curriculum vita/resume.

Submit an electronic copy (put “Faucette Award” in the subject line) of the entire application to:

Dr. Danny Jenkins, Graduate Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of South Carolina Jones Physical Science Center, Suite 109 Columbia, SC 29208
E-mail Address: djenkins@mozart.sc.edu

Fall application deadline: October 13, 2018.  
Spring application deadline: January 31, 2018

Emily Thompson Student Award

The Emily Thompson Award in Women’s and Gender Studies is designed to recognize the best graduate student research paper or project
focusing on some aspect of women’s health.

Eligibility: The award is open to any research papers or projects completed in 2018 produced by graduate students who are enrolled at USC at the time of application and receipt of the award.

Award amount: $250. The awardee will be recognized at the Women's and Gender Studies Awards Day. Please be aware that receipt of this money may have an impact on your financial aid.


Application Process: The application consists of the following:

  • A cover page that includes the project title, your
    name, email address, postal address and telephone number
  • A cover letter that addresses the aim and purpose of the
    research, the methodology and the significance of the research to the research mission of Women’s and Gender Studies
  •  A one-page curriculum vita/resume
  • The completed research paper or project – page limit 25 pages.

Submit a hardcopy and an electronic copy (put “Emily Thompson Award” in subject line) of the above materials to:
Dr. Danny Jenkins, Graduate Director
Women’s and Gender Studies Program
University of South Carolina
Jones Physical Science Center, Suite 109
Columbia, SC 29208
E-mail Address: djenkins@mozart.sc.edu


Application Deadline: by 5:00 PM on November 15, 2018

Dr. Mary Baskin Waters Doctoral Student Enhancement Award in Social Work and Women's Studies & Gender Studies

University of South Carolina College of Social Work seeks doctoral students who plan to seek a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at USC. Each year, an eligible doctoral student is selected to receive the Dr. Mary Baskin Waters Doctoral Student Enhancement Award in Social Work and Women’s Studies & Gender Studies.

Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled as a student in the social work doctoral program
  • Enrolled in or planning to enroll in the USC certificate program in women’s and gender studies
  • Making satisfactory academic progress.

Award Amount: $1,000 per academic semester

Application Process: After admission to the doctoral program, submit a letter explaining your interest in the award, attach a current resume, and submit to:

Director, Doctoral Program, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208

Electronic submissions are acceptable and may be submitted to Arlene.andrews@sc.edu. Award recommendations will be made by the College of Social Work Fellowship Committee to the Dean of the College and the Director of the USC Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Women's and Gender Studies Teaching Award

This award was established to recognize outstanding teaching in undergraduate and graduate courses of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Eligibility: Nominees must have:

  • taught at least one undergraduate or graduate WGST (or WGST cross-listed) course within one semester of the time of nomination
  • demonstrated a history of effective and sustained integration of race, class, gender, and sexuality issues into course materials and requirements
  • shown evidence of providing guidance and inspiration to undergraduate and graduate students beyond the classroom
  • shown evidence of positive student and peer response through student and peer evaluations.

Award Amount: A $1,000 award will be presented to a faculty member, staff member, or adjunct faculty and a $250 one-time scholarship award will be presented to a graduate student.

Application Process: Nominations (which may be self-nominations) will be sought from students and faculty members on all USC campuses offering WGST courses. Nominees will be asked to provide copies of student evaluations, peer evaluations, and course syllabi. The Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate and Graduate Committees will serve as the Selection Committee. A hard copy and an electronic copy (put "Teaching Award" in the subject line) of the nomination letter outlining the reasons the nominee is deserving of the award should be sent to:

Dr. Ed Madden, Director, Women's and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina, Jones Physical Science Center, Suite 109, 712 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29208.  

Email Address: maddene@mailbox.sc.edu

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.

 Faculty Research and Teaching Awards

Josephine Abney Faculty Fellowship Award

The Josephine Abney Faculty Fellowship is designed to encourage cutting edge research that is solidly grounded in women's and gender studies perspectives. Proposals are invited which are consistent with the research mission of Women's and Gender Studies to reconceptualize knowledge, create new knowledge, and/or reinterpret existing knowledge about women and other underrepresented groups and their experiences through the lens of gender and the prism of diversity. The research should be interdisciplinary in nature or have interdisciplinary implications and should reflect a commitment to improving the status of women and other underrepresented groups.

Eligibility: This fellowship is open to any full-time, permanent faculty or professional staff member within the U.S.C. system. Selections are made by a Women's and Gender Studies committee.

Award Amount: The $5,000 award may be used for research expenses or for summer salary. Funds must be spent by the end of the fiscal year following receipt of award, and must follow university policy. The recipient is expected to deliver an oral presentation of the results at a Women's and Gender Studies forum in the year following the award. Any publications that result from this work should contain an acknowledgment such as "This work is partially supported by the Josephine Abney Faculty Fellowship for Research in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina."

Application Process: Proposals will consist of a five-page (1.5 space) description of the research and its relationship to the mission of Women's and Gender Studies. An itemized budget of expenses this award will cover must also be submitted (this is not part of the five-page limit), and a one-page curriculum vita/resume. Please merge all documents into one pdf file. Submit an electronic copy (put "Abney Award" in the subject line) to:

Dr. Ed Madden, Director, Women's and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina, Jones Physical Science Center, Suite 109, 712 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

Email: maddene@mailbox.sc.edu.

Applications Deadline: October 13, 2018.

Carol Jones Carlisle Faculty Award

The Carol Jones Carlisle Award in Women's Studies was created by friends, colleagues, family, and students of Dr. Carlisle who taught at USC for nearly 40 years. She was an English Professor Emeritus and internationally known as an important Shakespeare scholar. She is the noted author of a book-length biography of Helen Faucit, the great Shakespearean actress of the 19th century. Dr. Carlisle was one of the first women at USC to achieve the rank of full professor, and she was the first faculty member in the history of the English Department to achieve that rank.

This award is designed to assist faculty and professional staff in the conduct of women-centered research, which is consistent with the research mission of Women's and Gender Studies to reconceptualize knowledge, create new knowledge, and/or reinterpret existing knowledge about women and their experiences through the lens of gender and the prism of diversity.

Eligibility: This fellowship is open to any full-time, permanent faculty or professional staff member within the USC system.

Award Amount: The $1,000 award can be used for travel, software, books, supplies, and/or equipment. Funds must be spent by the end of the fiscal year following receipt of award, and must follow university policy.

Application Process: Proposals will consist of a five-page (1.5 space) description of the research and its relationship to the mission of Women's and Gender Studies. An itemized budget of expenses this award will cover must also be submitted (this is not part of the five page limit), and a one-page curriculum vita/resume. Please merge all documents into one pdf file. Submit an electronic copy (put "Carlisle Award" in the subject line) to:

Dr. Ed Madden, Director, Women's and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina, Jones Physical Science Center, Suite 109, 712 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

Email: maddene@mailbox.sc.edu.

Applications Deadline: March 15, 2019.

Women's and Gender Studies Teaching Award

This award was established to recognize outstanding teaching in undergraduate and graduate courses of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Eligibility: Nominees must have:

  • taught at least one undergraduate or graduate WGST (or WGST cross-listed) course within one semester of the time of nomination
  • demonstrated a history of effective and sustained integration of race, class, gender, and sexuality issues into course materials and requirements
  • shown evidence of providing guidance and inspiration to undergraduate and graduate students beyond the classroom
  • shown evidence of positive student and peer response through student and peer evaluations.

Award Amount: A $1,000 award will be presented to a faculty member, staff member, or adjunct faculty and a $250 one-time scholarship award will be presented to a graduate student.

Application Process: Nominations (which may be self-nominations) will be sought from students and faculty members on all USC campuses offering WGST courses. Nominees will be asked to provide copies of student evaluations, peer evaluations, and course syllabi. The Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate and Graduate Committees will serve as the Selection Committee. A hard copy and an electronic copy (put "Teaching Award" in the subject line) of the nomination letter outlining the reasons the nominee is deserving of the award should be sent to:

Dr. Ed Madden, Director, Women's and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina, Jones Physical Science Center, Suite 109, 712 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29208.  

Email Address: maddene@mailbox.sc.edu

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.

 

National Awards and Fellowships

National Women's Studies Association Scholarships

The National Women's Studies Association offers several graduate student awards and prizes for scholarship throughout the year; this year's offerings include the NWSA Graduate Scholarship award, the Lesbian Caucus Award, and the NWSA Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Award.  Deadline for applications is March 31, 2018.

Learn more and apply

 

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

'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, over 500 emerging scholars have been funded, many now prominent in their fields.'

Learn more and apply