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, nearly 600 emerging scholars have been funded, many now prominent in their fields. 

Applications now closed.

Recruitment for the 2022 WW Women’s Studies class is pending confirmation of funding.

The Fellowship

The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women and gender. 

  • $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies. 
  • Eligible proposals from applicants in the humanities and social sciences will have as a central focus the study of women and/or gender.  
  • Candidates should expect to complete their dissertation between March and August 2023. 

Important Dates

Notification of Status (Finalist & Non-Finalist)
January 2022

Fellows Notified
By Early March 2022

Term of the award
The 2022 Fellows will serve the tenure of the Fellowship from September 1, 2022-August 31, 2023


The WW Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies is a dissertation completion fellowship. Understanding that dissertation completion timelines may change or extend for various reasons, applicants who applied for the Fellowship within the last two years and did not receive the award when they first applied may now reapply if their revised timeline meets the Fellowship guidelines for completion and defense.

Before deciding to apply for a 2022 Women’s Studies Fellowship, please consider the following questions to be certain that you are eligible: 

  • Have you completed all pre-dissertation requirements? 
  • Are you writing on issues related to women, gender, women’s studies or feminist/gender/LGBTQ theory? 
  • Are you enrolled in a graduate school in the United States? 
  • Is your area of study in the humanities or social sciences? 
  • Do you expect to complete the Ph.D. by summer 2023? 
  • If the answer to all of these questions is YES, you are eligible to apply for a WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. 



Andréa Becker • Graduate Center, CUNY, sociology
“I Just Wanted It Gone”:  Examining “Wanted” Hysterectomies through Two Gendered Case Studies

Priscilla Bustamante • Graduate Center, CUNY, critical social psychology
Sexual Misconduct in Everyday Policing: Experiences of and Resistance to State-Sanctioned Sexual Violence in New York City 

Emily Jeannine Clark • Johns Hopkins University, history of medicine
Laboring Bodies: Dispossessed Women and Reproduction in Colonial New England

Jaimie Crumley • University of California–Los Angeles, gender studies
Tried as by Fire: African American Women’s Abolitionist Theologies, 1789–1880

Ferhan Guloglu • George Washington University, anthropology
Cultivating Motherhood: The (Re)configuration of Natural Childbirth in Turkey

Svetlana Ter-Grigoryan • Ohio State University, history
“There is No Sex in the USSR”: Sex, Soviet Identity, and Glasnost, 1986–1991

Caroline Tracey • University of California–Berkeley, geography
Binational Politics at Intimate Scales: The Activism of Women and Trans Deportees and Return Migrants in Mexico City

Melanie White • Brown University, Africana studies
“What Dem Do To We No Have Name”: Intimate Violence, Autonomy, and Black Women’s Contemporary Art in Caribbean Nicaragua

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, foreign citizens may apply if they meet the following criteria:

  1. They are enrolled in a doctoral program at an American university located in the United States. 
  2. They have completed all pre-dissertation requirements. (See above.)

A: No. Only students currently enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. are eligible to apply.

A: Ph.D. Candidates may apply if all pre-dissertation requirements are met, if questions of women and gender studies are of central to their dissertations, and if they can reasonably expect to complete their dissertations during tenure of the award. 

A: Yes, if you applied for the Fellowship within the last two years and provided that your revised timeline meets the Fellowship guidelines for completion and defense.

A: The Fellowship is open to doctoral candidates, which means that a doctoral student has fulfilled all of the institutional and departmental criteria prior to writing the dissertation. The requirements for candidacy may vary between institutions and departments—some require a language exam, others do not; some may require a proposal defense, others may not. Candidacy is determined by each department’s individual criteria. A departmental administrator can tell you whether or not you have advanced to candidacy. 

A: No. Eligibility is limited to candidates in the social sciences and humanities working toward a Ph.D. or Th.D. degree. Candidates must me enrolled in an American doctoral program at a graduate school located in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., Ed.D., and other professional degrees are not eligible.

A: You should ask the person who is directing your dissertation and an additional faculty member. (A co-director may be listed as a faculty recommender.) The faculty member may be from your own institution or department or a different institution or department.

A: If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified via email by Tech-Help. You will then need to return to your application and replace the recommender.

A: If the recommender in question has not submitted a letter, go to the Recommendation section of your application and use the trash icon to remove the recommender. You can then enter the contact information of the new recommender and click Send Invitation. 

If the recommender in question has already submitted a letter, no change is possible. 

Should one of your recommenders inform Tech-Help@citizensandscholars.org that they decline to provide a recommendation, you will receive an email from Tech-Help advising you to replace a specific recommender. 

A: If your recommender has not received your request, please ask them to check their spam/junk folder in case it has been blocked by their IP address or by their personal email preferences.  If they do not find it, you can return to the Recommendation section of your application and click the Resend Invitation button under the appropriate recommender.

A: The fields of study listed in the application reflect the fields in which the Women’s Studies competition has selection panels. If you do not see your precise field listed, choose the field most closely aligned with your work. For example, if you are in a classics department, decide whether your particular project should be read as art history, early world history, philosophy, or world literature.

A: You may apply to both without affecting eligibility. Simply submit the two different online applications, with separate supplemental items, transcript, and recommendation letters.

A: The online application, doctoral transcript, supplemental items (cover sheet, abstract, proposal, bibliography, timetable, personal statement, and C.V.), and two letters of recommendation. See this template for the proposal document, which provides greater detail.

Application Information

A complete WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies application consists of these required components: 

  • doctoral transcript; and 
  • two (2) letters of recommendation. 

Basic steps for each of these can be found below. 

Please note: 

  • All submissions must be properly labeled.
  • Inquiries may be directed to WS@citizensandscholars.org.
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring all of these components have been correctly labeled and submitted prior to the October 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET deadline. 
  • Incorrect file labeling may delay the processing of the application. 
  • It is strongly recommended that all components be submitted at least one day prior to the application deadline to ensure the documents have been received.
  • You will be able to login and return at any time to your account to edit your personal information, change your password, start and/or complete your application, and verify receipt of supplemental items.
  • If all components are not received by deadline, the application will be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A. Go to the application site. It is recommended that you save the web page as a bookmark. Please remember your username and password.  If you decide to apply for any additional C&S programs, you must use the same login credentials for each program. 

B. Create an account and fill out the required information. A completed application consists of the application form, letters of recommendation, and required supplemental items. The form must be completed, supplemental items must be uploaded, and recommendations must be received PRIOR to submitting the application. 

C. Click the SUBMIT button before October 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET. 

A. Obtain a copy of your doctoral transcript. The transcript may be official or unofficial for the initial submission. Finalists will be required to submit an official transcript. Save it/all pages into a single PDF file, correctly labeled. 

B. Prepare the proposal document, which includes the cover sheet, abstract, proposal, bibliography, timetable, personal statement, and C.V. (See this template for the proposal document, which provides greater detail.)

C. Save into a single PDF file, correctly labeled.

D. Click on the Supplemental Items section of your application, upload the transcript and the proposal document by clicking on the Upload File button for each item.

A. Click on the Recommenders section of the application.

B. Complete the recommendation waiver at the top of the page.

C.Provide contact information for each recommender on the bottom of the page. For recommendations being sent through INTERFOLIO ONLY, enter the name of the Recommender and Tech-Help@citizensandscholars.org as the email address. Interfolio letters will be uploaded for you once received by our office.

D. A request for recommendation will be emailed directly to each recommender, asking them to register with the site and complete the recommendation form. This process will happen as soon as you enter contact information and click Send Invitation.

If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email.  If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your application and complete a new recommendation request with a different recommender. 

Note: You will be able to track receipt of your letters of recommendation in the Recommenders section of your application. It is your responsibility to follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they have submitted their online recommendation prior to deadline, October 15, 2021, 11:59 PM EST.  We strongly recommend that Letters of Recommendation be submitted as early as possible to ensure they are received prior to deadline. 

Keep in mind that you will not be able to submit your application until the recommendations have been received. 

Once the recommendation letters have been received, and you have completed your portion of the application, click on the Submit button. 

Application Important Dates

October 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST

Notification of Status (Finalist and Non-Finalist)
January 2022 

Fellows Notified
Early March 2022

Public Announcement of Fellows
Late March 2022

Term of the award
The 2021Fellows will serve their tenure from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023.