Graduate Student Fellowship for Research on Topics Related to Women and/or Gender Issues 

The Luann Dummer Center for Women is pleased to offer a graduate fellowship for research on topics related to women and/or gender issues. This award has been offered since the 1999-2000 academic year.

Full-time and part-time students in all graduate programs are invited to apply for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students must be enrolled at UST during most or all of this time period. Application deadline: 4:30 pm on Friday, March 12, 2021.

This research may be conducted as part of a course, a thesis or a dissertation, or a credit or non-credit independent study. Whatever the format, the student must have a faculty sponsor to guide the project and support the application. The research fellow must credit the Luann Dummer Center for Women as co-sponsor and funder in all research outcomes. The fellow will submit a formal research report and to present their work at an appropriate venue (such as Grant Recipients Reception) in the Luann Dummer Center for Women during spring semester 2022. A $4,000 stipend will be awarded to the student to support work on the project, and a $1,500 stipend will be provided to the faculty sponsor.

In reviewing applications, LDCW Advisory Board members will pay special attention to:

  • the degree to which the project is centered on the significance of gender in its focus on girls and/or women
  • the applicant's familiarity with and use of methodologies related to that task
  • the clarity of the research objectives and the process for conducting research
  • the overall academic strength of the applicant and the likelihood of successfully completing the project
  • the reasonableness of the project's timeline (including IRB approval where applicable)
  • the originality of the proposal
  • the support of the faculty sponsor

To Apply: 

The application cover sheet and proposal should be submitted as one PDF or Word document to the Luann Dummer Center for Women,, no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, March 12, 2021. Members of the LDCW Advisory Board will then review applications and notify applicants of their decision.

1. Cover Letter with the following information:

  • Your name, department, student ID number, home address, phone number, and e-mail address
  • Degree program and anticipated degree conferral date
  • Proposed title of research project and an abstract (less than 50 words)
  • The faculty sponsor's name, department, phone number, and e-mail address

2. Formal proposal, not to exceed 7 pages (1.5 or double-spaced) that addresses the following:

  • Describe your research project. What will its focus be? What do you hope to learn from conducting this research? What is its significance within your discipline and for a broader audience?
  • Describe your research activities and methods. Provide an overview of the literature related to your project, including important citations. What resources will you need to conduct this research?
  • Provide a timetable for your research. (Note: if your research involves human subjects, allow time for prior approval by the UST Institutional Review Board)
  • Describe your educational background and how it prepares you to conduct this research. What related courses have you taken? How does this research fit into your development as a scholar or a professional?
  • What other sources of funding for this research do you currently have or have you applied for this year?

3. Letter of support from faculty sponsor

4. Transcript (unofficial is acceptable) 

An example of a winning proposal from the previous year will be provided upon request. 

Finally, the Luann Dummer Center for Women would like to request that all recepients be involved in various LDCW programs (such as Feminist Fridays) throughout the duration of their fellowship. These and other events can be found on our website.