Graduate Dissertation Fellows Program

The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research is pleased to announce fellowships for Stanford University doctoral students. Fellowships are awarded to students who are in the writing stages of their dissertations, and whose research focuses on women and/or gender. Up to seven fellows will receive up to $7000 each to be used for research-related expenses, such as books or travel. Fellows will take part in regularly scheduled seminars to share their work with other fellows. The schedule of seminars is determined by the cohort and director at the beginning of the academic year.

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.

Fellows will participate in a regularly scheduled workshop seminar series beginning in the Autumn Quarter and continuing through the Spring Quarter of the academic year. Fellows will present their research for discussion and feedback, as well as benefit from guest speakers, such as visiting residential researching fellows, who will discuss their work or some aspect of professional development.

During 2007, the Institute evaluated the GDF program through a survey and interviews. Over 100 students have experienced the program since its creation in 1994. The majority who are now in the job market have followed academic careers, and a significant number are in tenured or tenure track positions. Others work in management consulting, nonprofits, and government, or are self-employed.

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. All the former fellows who responded to our survey work with gender or women’s issues to some degree, even those not in an academic career. The interdisciplinary nature of the program was highly valued by those who experienced it; and many commented that the fellowship helped increase their credibility with academic job selection panels.


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