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Graduate Dissertation Research Fellowships

The Clayman Institute offers fellowships for Stanford University doctoral students to encourage interdisciplinary connections among scholars engaged in research on women and/or gender. Graduate Dissertation Fellowships (GDF) are awarded to currently enrolled students, in any discipline, who are in the writing phase of their dissertations and whose research focuses on women and/or gender. Fellows will participate in the intellectual life of the Clayman Institute as well as take part in a regularly scheduled workshop seminar series during the academic year.

The GDF workshop seminar series begins in the Autumn Quarter and continues through the Spring Quarter of the academic year. Fellows will share their work in progress for discussion and feedback from their peers. In addition, GDFs will benefit from guest speakers, such as Stanford Faculty Research Fellows, who will discuss their work or some aspect of professional development. The schedule of seminars is determined by the cohort and director at the beginning of the academic year.

The Graduate Dissertation Fellowship program supports the next generation of feminist scholars. Since its establishment in 1994, the Institute has had over 100 graduate fellows. Seventy-five percent of those who have completed their Ph.D.s are now working in academia, with the majority in tenured or tenure track positions. Our former GDFs work in universities across the US, including Stanford, Cornell, Mills College, Spelman College, Agnes Scott College, the University of Virginia, Barnard College, and the University of California.

Application Deadline - February 15, 2011


All currently enrolled Stanford Ph.D. candidates (women and men), in any discipline, who are in the writing phase of their doctorate are invited to apply for a Graduate Dissertation Fellowship (GDF). The dissertation research must focus on issues of women and/or gender. Applicants must have completed the course requirements for the Ph.D., have an approved disseration proposal, and be continuously enrolled for the duration of their fellowship, and be on campus during the Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters of the fellowship year. Recipients are required to attend the regularly scheduled GDF workshop seminar series during the academic year. Applicants are expected to be Graduate Affiliates of the Clayman Institute. Up to seven fellows will receive a stipend of $7000. The stipend amount, which will be finalized by September 30, 2011, must be used for research expenses directly related to the dissertation. The fellowships do not include tuition fees. GDFs are asked to submit a brief report (no more than one page) at the end of the year on how their funds were spent.

Previous holders of Clayman Institute fellowships are not eligible to apply. Former recipients of other Clayman Institute prizes and awards are not eligible for a fellowship until three years have passed. Current applicants submitting for a fellowship, prize, and/or award may only be offered funding in one category; applications in more than one category are allowed.

The Graduate Dissertation Fellowship Program has been made possible by generous gifts from the Louise and Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Family Foundation and Michelle R. Clayman. Any research supported by the Graduate Dissertation Fellowship program at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University, shall acknowledge that fact in its published version.

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