Women's and Gender Studies Dissertation Fellowship
This $1000 fellowship is for doctoral students writing dissertations on topics related to Women’s and Gender studies. Ph.D. students who are enrolled in the WGS Portfolio Program are eligible. A fellowship will be presented at the CWGS Spring Awards Reception.
To be eligible, an applicant must be in doctoral candidacy by Fall 2022, and register as a WGS Portfolio student by March 15, 2023. Information on the WGS Portfolio Program is available online. Applicants must be full-time UT Austin graduate students in good standing. (The intention of these dates is: We are looking for applicants who are in currently in doctoral candidacy, and in the WGS Portfolio by the time the award application is open.)
Preference will be given to those completing their dissertation by August 2024. Applications will be reviewed on the following criteria:
- Letter of recommendation from dissertation chair;
- Contributions of the project to the field of Women's and Gender Studies;
- Soundness of research design;
- Ability of the student to complete the project as a dissertation; and
- Quality of the proposal.
Students interested in applying must complete an online application and submit 1 letter of recommendation from the dissertation chair emphasizing why this dissertation topic is relevant to Women’s & Gender Studies, your ability to carry out the project, and the faculty member's working relationship with you on the project. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their references know what to include in their letter regarding the dissertation fellowship.
WGS Dissertation Fellowship Application link to: https://forms.office.com/r/ZSSSJ1aLqB
Student Application Deadline: March 15, 2023 at 11:59pm
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommendation letters are also due on March 15, 2023 at 11:59pm
*Attention: Students are responsible for contacting faculty and instructing them to email recommendations to Awards_.email@example.com - File Names should include name of Award and the Last name of the Student, For Example: "[name of award]-LOR-[last name of student]". Students are responsible for contacting faculty and following up to confirm that letters have been submitted by the deadline.
Women's and Gender Studies MA Thesis Award
This $1000 award is given annually to deserving students based on the student’s thesis and its contribution to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. The award will be presented at the CWGS annual spring awards reception.
To be eligible, an applicant must be enrolled in the WGS MA or a WGS Dual Master's program, or have graduated from these programs within the last calendar year. Applicants must be full-time UT Austin graduate students in good standing.
Preference will be given to those graduating in Spring 2023. Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
- Letters of recommendation;
- Contributions of the project to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies;
- Soundness of project design;
- Quality of the abstract; and
- Thesis Excerpt(s): 10-15 pages.
Students interested in applying must complete an online application and submit 2 letters of recommendation from faculty members. One letter should be written by your thesis adviser emphasizing why your thesis topic is relevant to Women’s and Gender Studies, your ability to carry out the project, and their working relationship with you on the project. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their references know what to include in their letters regarding the WGS MA thesis award.
*Note: Students are responsible for contacting faculty and instructing them to email recommendations to Awards_.firstname.lastname@example.org - File Names should include name of Award and the Last name of the Student, For Example: "[name of award]-LOR-[last name of student]". Students are responsible for contacting faculty and following up to confirm that letters have been submitted by the deadline.
Deadline: April 5, 2023 at 11:59pm
Questions? Please email email@example.com
Recommendation letters are due on April 8, 2023 at 11:59pm
WGS MA Thesis Award Application link to: https://forms.office.com/r/HA1jDLzR18
Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender (2023)
This scholarship, co-sponsored by the Department of English, is an annual award created in memory of former UT Austin colleague, Lora Romero. The $500 award alternates between undergraduate and graduate student recipients. The 2022-2023 award will be given to a graduate student. The award recognizes students who are investigating the intersections between race, ethnicity and gender. The award will be presented at the CWGS annual spring awards reception.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time UT Austin graduate student in good standing. Students must be enrolled in the WGS graduate MA degree or a dual WGS MA degree program, or be registered as a WGS Portfolio before applying. Information about the WGS Portfolio Program is available online. Applicants will submit a scholarly research paper on a topic that contributes to increased understanding of the intersections between race, ethnicity and gender.
Students interested in applying must complete an online application. The research paper*, including sources/references/footnotes/bibliography page, should be submitted as a PDF file (the file name should be "[YourUTEID]-[CurrentYear]Romero.pdf"). Email PDF file to: Awards_.firstname.lastname@example.org .
Only original, single-author works will be considered. Papers should be typed and double-space, unless submitting a published article.
Deadline: March 15, 2023 at 11:59pm Questions? Please email email@example.com
Romero Award Application link: https://forms.office.com/r/AzHnGWD4UH
CWGS Excellence Award for WGS MA Students
This is a small competitive fellowship sponsored by the Center for Women's and Gender Studies for students in the WGS MA program, or the WGS Dual Degree programs. The award recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence.
To be eligible, an applicant must be incoming or enrolled in the WGS MA or a WGS Dual Master's program. Applicants must be full-time UT Austin graduate students in good standing.
Recipients will be selected based on academic excellence, research interests, and need. Students interested in applying must send a letter of interest to the CWGS Graduate Program Coordinator. The letter should include the student's UT EID, potential thesis topics and a description of how they fit into the current field of Women's and Gender Studies.
Deadline: August 15, 2023 at 11:59pm
Recommendation letters are also due on August 15, 2023 at 11:59pm
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
List of Previous CWGS Student Award Recipients
The Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender
2017-2018 Zaria El-Fil: Sexual Exploitation and Resistance of Enslaved Women”
2016-2017 William Mosley: Can the ATLien Speak? Gender, Race, and Politics of Performance in Contemporary Hip Hop
2014-2015 Alfred Martin, PhD Student, Radio-Television-Film: Scripting Black Gayness: Television
Authorship in Black-Cast Sitcoms
2013-2014 Oluwakanyinsola ("Kanyinsola") Oluwademilade Obayan: State Violence, Radical Protest and the black/African Female Body
2012-2013 Brandon Robinson, PhD Student, Sociology: 'The Beauty of Online Dating’: Quotidian
Practices of Sexual Racism on a Gay Dating Site
2011-2012 Wanjira Wurimi: The Construction of "Disposable" in the Disposable Woma
2010-2011 Ganiva Reyes: "It's not because I wanted it...I knew I wasn't ready": Young Mothering Teens in the Borderlands Speak Out About the Pressures of Sex, Love and Relationships
2009-2010 Harmony Eichsteadt: The (re)Production of Slaves: Why Our Economy Depends on theIncarceration of Pregnant Black Women
2008-2009 Jennifer Karas Montez: Race and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Coverage Among
Women: The Intersecting Roles of Employment, Marriage and Motherhood
2008-2009 Anna Stewart Kerr: Revising “Harriet Jacobs"
2006-2007 Nicki Alam: The Impact of International Justice Mechanism on Ethnic Conflict in Northern
2006-2007 Reena Patel: Working the Night Shift: Gender and the Global Economy
2005-2006 Scottie Buehler: Contraception and Identity Construction: Family Planning Policy in Egypt
2002-2003 Yolanda Escobar-Rodriguez: Race, Resistance, and Urban Politics from a Cinema
2001-2002 Geeti Mahajan: Iran 2001
2000-2001 Jen'nan Ghazal Read: Coming to America: Ethnicity, Culture, and Labor Force Participation among Arab-American Women
1999-2000 Daniela Bwyer
The Ellen Clarke Temple Graduate Award for the Study of Women in History
(This award is retired. In 2017, the Temple Award moved from CWGS to the Department of History.)
2015-2016 Sierra Salazar: Storefront Speculations: Examining the Specter of Community Healing Spaces
2013-2014 Lady Anima Adjepong: Imagined lives in diaspora: Gender, race, and sexuality in the lives of black African women immigrants to the United States
2012-2013 Chyna Bowen: From Slave to Convict: Criminalized Women of the Antebellum South
2011-2012 Lizeth Elizondo: 'Til Death Do Us Part?: Cohabitation and Broken Betrothals in the
Northern Spanish Colonial Borderlands 1680-1778
2010-2011 Valerie Martinez: World War II Texas Latina Servicewomen: Racializing and Gendering
2010-2011 Rebecca McEntee: Graphic vs Non-Graphic War Photography, and Women's Input
2009-2010 Angela Howard Frederick: Rethinking the Confidence Gap: Race, Community Activism, and Women’s Paths to Public Office
2009-2010 Jennifer Lynn Kelly: 19th Century Race and Reproduction: James Rowan Percy’s 1857-1859 Obstetrical Case Record Book
2008-2009 Leah Deane: Sex and Radical Pollitics: The Politicalization of Sex and Sexuality in the New
Left in Berkeley and Austin
2008-2009 Amanda Moulder: Lock Up Your Daughters: Gender and Literacy in Cherokee Territory at the Brainerd Mission School, 1817-1838
2007-2008 Caroline Hopkins Wigginton: Intimate Words: Women’s Writing and Community in
2007-2008 John F. Cline: Theoretical Girls: The Origins of Third Wave Feminism in the Post-Punk
Lower East Side
2007-2008 Gretchen Elizabeth Voter: Historical Memory as Political Activism: The Foundation for
Women's Resources and the Legacy of Second Wave Feminism in Texas
2006-2007 Meredith Bagley: Protecting Purity: Gender, Amateurism, and Competitive Women's Sports at UT Austin
2006-2007 Brenda Sendejo: Locating Feminista Spiritualities: Chicana Activist and Spiritual Formation in Texas
2006-2007 Jennifer Eckel: Community and Communitarianism: Texas, Utopia, and the Woman's
2005-2006 Lilia Roquel D. Rosas: (De)sexing Prostitution: Race, Politics, and the Reform of Sex Work in Progressive San Antonio, 1889-1920
2002-2003 Kelley M. Reidt: The Texas Cyclone: Anna J.H. Pennybacker
2001-2002 Jennifer Rose Najera: Texas Mexican Women in the Desegregation of the South Texas
WGS Graduate Student Dissertation Awards
2017-2018 Delynn Parker: Trails of Tears and Freedom: Slavery, Migration, and Emancipation in the Indian Territory Borderlands, 1830-1907
2016-2017 Brandon Andrew Robinson: OUTcasts: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in the Urban South
2015-2016 Amina Riad Zarrugh: Only God Knows: The Emergence of a Family Movement Against State Violence in Libya
2014-2015 Caitlyn Collins: Work-Family Policies and Working Mothers: A Comparative Study of
Germany, Sweden, Italy and the United States
2014-2015 Sarah Nicholus: The Production of Queer Space in the Festas Juninas of Northeastern Brazil
2013-2014 Kristine M. Kilanski: Gender and Work in an Economic Boom
2012-2013 Zazil Elena Reyes Garcia: Women politicians in political cartoons: A comparative analysis between Mexico and the United States
2011-2012 Lynn Selby: The Collective Dimensions of the Ethic of Care: Women's Political Subject- Making in Martissant, Haiti
2010-2011 Courtney Morris: To Defend This Sunrise: Afro-Nicaraguan Women's Community Activism and Political Subjectivity, 1990-2010
2010-2011 Corinne Reczek: Gender and "Heath Work" in Long-Term Gay, Lesbian, and StraightCouples
2009-2010 Claudia Cervantes-Soon: Schooling in Times of Dystopia: Empowering young Women inJuarez
2009-2010 Nandini Dhar: Only My Revolt is Mine: Female Heroism, Counter Violence and Gendered
Resistance in Contemporary Texts of Slavery
2008-2009 Catherine Connell: School’s Out: A Qualitative Exploration of Workplace Sexuality Through the Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Teacher
2008-2009 Megan Reid: Housing Inequality: Race, Gender, and Hurricane Katrina Housing Policy
2007-2008 Allison Layne Parish Craig: Birth Control Movement Rhetoric in Women’s Literature, 1915-1939
2007-2008 Christina Leigh Murphey: Oral Health Among Pregnant and Parenting Adolescent Women: A Mixed Methods Study.
2006-2007 Kimberly Hamlin: Beyond Adam's Rib: How Darwinian Evolution Redefined Gender and
Influenced American Feminist Thought, 1870-1920
2006-2007 Julie Reid: Gender, Ethnicity, and Nation in Bolivian Education
2005-2006 Sandra Benavidez-Vaello: The Interplay of Diabetes, Culture and Food for Mexican- American Women
2002-2003 Alexandra Barron: Unnatural Unions: The Queer National Romance in Postcolonia
Literature and Film
2002-2003 Lisa Kearney: Hispanic and Caucasian Students' Experience of Sexual Harassment: The
Intertwining of Power and Culture
2001-2002 Jill Rader: Feminish Critiques of a Historical Power Imbalance Between Therapists and
2001-2002 Deanna Shoemaker: Queers, Monsters, Drag Queens, and Whiteness: Unruly Femininities in Feminist Performance Art
2000-2001 Paula Sanmartin: With My Own Voice, in My Own Place: (Re)Construction of Black Women as Historical and Literary Subjects in Afro-American and Afro-Cuban Women's Writing
2000-2001 Mindy Bravo: A Psychosocial/ Educational Intervention for Decreasing Gender Stereotypes in Technology
2000-2001 Rebecca Lorins: Inheritance: Kinship and African Literatures
2000-2001 Patricia Richards: (Re)sppropriating Citizenship: Mapuche and Pobladora Women and the
1999-2000 Julie Garbus: Service and Learning at the Turn of Two Centuries: Lessons from Vida Scudder
1999-2000 Maribel Garcia: Women's Subjectivity, Structural Inequality and Borderlands Ethnography
1999-2000 Sharon Mastracci: Labor Pains: Employment Policy and Women's Bureau of the U.S.
Department of Labor
1999-2000 Margaret Taylor: Health Experiences of Homeless Adolescent Women
1998-1999 Maureen Reed: Her Spirit Knew No Borders:New Mexican Women and Literary
1998-1999 Sarah J. Walker: The Meaning of Consent: College Women's and Men's Experiences with
Nonviolent Sexual Coercion
1996-1997 Elizabeth Claudine: Women and Math: How Stereotypes Impair Performance
1996-1997 Scarlet Bowen: The Labor of Femininity: Working Women in Eighteenth-Century British
WGS MA Student Thesis Award
2017-2018 Madyson Crawford: "We Knew to Stay in Our Lane!": Southern Black Women's Politics of Belonging (Dis)Belonging.
2017-2018 Vivian Deidre Rodriguez Rocha: Styling binds: Transnational place-making and intimate labor at a Mexican beauty parlor in South Austin
2016-2017 Hayley Morgenstern: Genealogies of Trauma: The Inheritance of Hysteria
2015-2016 Briana Barner: The Creative (& Magical) Possibilities of Digital Black Girlhood
2014-2015 Kaitlyn Newman: Refusing the rent to (re)make space; Feminist geographic perspectives on the Sunset Park Rent Strike
2013-2014 Patena Starlin Key: No Such Thing as Gender?: Black Vernacular, Sex and Street Lit
2012-2013 Victoria Dominguez: Between the Borderlands of Life and Death: A Spiritual and Intellectual Journey Towards Developing Conocimiento
2011-2012 Amelia Koford: 'Strong Views About What You Call Things': How Disability Studies Scholars Interact with Information Classification Systems
2011-2012 Lorena Siller: Ni Domesticas, Ni Putas: Sexual Harrassment in the Lives of Female Household Workers in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon