External Grants

Below you will find helpful information regarding non-WGS sponsored grants and awards.

Support for Students

Pre-doctoral In-Residence Fellowship - Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program


The University of Connecticut is pleased to announce a call for applications for the first Pre-doctoral In-Residence Fellowship to advance diversity in higher education. The program will support scholars from other universities while they complete their dissertation or post-MFA study for the term of an academic year. Fellows will have access to outstanding resources, faculty expertise, mentoring and other professional development opportunities. The Asian American Studies Institute, Institute for African American Studies, Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, and the Women's, Gender and Sexualities Program will each host one fellow in-residence per year, for a total of four fellowships awarded annually. The faculty in the host institutes currently hold joint-appointments in three different schools at the University: The Neag School of Education, School of Fine Arts, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All fellows will be appointed jointly between an institute and one of these Schools and College.

Applicants for this opening will be considered for the fellowship hosted by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program was established as the Women's Studies Program at the University of Connecticut in 1974. The first formal program of its kind in the state, it was founded as a flexible interdisciplinary academic program devoted to the critical analysis of gender and the pursuit of knowledge about women. Faculty and students in the WGSS Program explore the construction of women, gender, and sexuality in different social, cultural, political, economic, aesthetic, and historical contexts by combining methods and insights of traditional academic disciplines with innovations in interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. The WGSS Program's research and teaching illuminate the complex and changing local, comparative, and transnational processes that contour gender and sexuality; examine local, comparative, and transnational settings; and analyze the diverse narratives, structures, and patterns that shape everyday life, social institutions, and cultures.

Further information about the Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Program can be found at:



Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications: 1.) Be enrolled in a PhD program or be within one year post-MFA in the liberal arts and sciences, fine arts, or education field at schools other than UConn, 2.) Have passed their PhD qualifying examination and be in either the research or writing phase of an approved dissertation or in the case of post-MFA have a project to be completed within the term of a year, 3.) Be conducting research in an area that can contribute to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and 4.) Have a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of diversity and to increasing opportunities for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.


Appointment Terms: The program will provide a stipend of $27,000, medical and dental benefits, office space, library privileges, and computer access. A research/travel budget of $3,000 is also included. As part of the program terms, the fellows must be at the University of Connecticut for the duration of the fellowship and will be expected to teach one class and share their work in a public forum.


To Apply: Applications are accepted via UConn's Husky Hire website. Applications must include a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, a two-page teaching statement, PhD project description outlining the scope of the project, its larger significance, methodology, and timetable for completion, appropriate example of recent work not to exceed 20 pages, and three confidential letters of recommendation, one of which is from the academic advisor, sent directly in electronic form from the referees to Courtney.Wiley@uconn.edu<mailto:Courtney.Wiley@uconn.edu> with the applicant's name in the subject line. Post MFA applicants should include an appropriate project description:

- Choreographers/Dances: documentation of performance;

- Film and Video: links to works;

- Musicians: complete list of works or significant performances;

- Theatre Artists: sample of design portfolio;

- Visual Artists: 20 images;

- Writers: 2-3 short stories, 10-15 poems, or novel passages not to exceed

50 pages.


All applications must be submitted no later than March 1, 2013. At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community. We actively encourage women, people with disabilities, and members of minority groups to apply. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer. For more information, go here.

Are you a female graduate student in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field? Are you looking for funding to attend a professional meeting or conference?

SciWomen is proud to announce our first annual Women in STEM Travel Awards (WISTA).  This award aims to give financial assistance to female graduate students who have been accepted to present a talk or posters at a key conference in their field.

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Support for Faculty

Through the RU Fair Intiative travel support is available for Assistant Professors in the sciences traveling to meetings. Travel assistance is also available for Assistant Professors traveling to meet with program officers of funding agencies. If you are on the Newark campus, please email Judith Weis or Jyl Josephson for more information. 

RU FAIR mini-grants are awarded to qualified individuals and/or teams of researchers in NSF- supported academic disciplines across all three campuses of Rutgers for initiatives that encourage interdisciplinary research, improve the climate for SEM women, and/or address one or more of RU FAIR’s key initiatives: recruitment and retention; communications; networking and liaisons; visibility; and work/life balance. More specifically, these grants are designed for faculty advancement and development to stimulate interdisciplinary course development, training, leadership, and research as well as to increase retention through strengthened networks and informal mentorship. Funds from the grant, however, are not intended to support an individual’s research program where that research is not directly related to institutional goals of diversity, equity, and advancement of faculty at Rutgers.

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IWL Consortium Initiative on WOMEN & HEALTH

The Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium is pleased to launch and coordinate the new IWL Consortium Initiative on Women & Health in spring, 2013. This ambitious endeavor recognizes that women’s health around the world is shaped as much by social, economic, political and environmental forces as by biology. The IWL Initiative on Women & Health features an 18-month series of courses, activities and programs designed to stimulate university-wide engagement around this topic. This collaborative initiative offers unprecedented expertise and Rutgers resources to analyze women’s health and the structural conditions that shape it at the local, national, and global levels. 

The IWL Consortium Initiative on Women & Health is coordinated by the IWL and sponsored in conjunction with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the School of Social Work, the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research, the School of Arts And Sciences, the History Department, GAIA Centers, and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

As part of the IWL Consortium Initiative on Women & Health, this Request for Proposals aims to provide modest financial support for teams of faculty from all three Rutgers’ campuses to develop new, interdisciplinary courses, as well as new collaborative research activities, public programs, film series, cultural events, innovative workshops and special conferences. Application deadline is April 1, 2013.

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Rutgers Institute for Research on Women (IRW) Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department, in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Women (IRW) at Rutgers University, is pleased to announce a two-year postdoctoral fellowship supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 each year as well as an annual research allocation of $2,000 and Rutgers University health benefits. The fellow will pursue research and teach three courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department during the two-year term of her/his appointment (2013-2015). The fellow also will participate in seminars and other activities organized by the IRW.

The Women's and Gender Studies Department has particular interest in scholars of U.S. Latina and Latin American feminism and African feminism, especially those working on critical sexualities, health or technologies, but welcomes applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with our department and with the IRW.

Women’s and Gender Studies has a rich history at Rutgers University. Inaugurated as a department in 2001, Women’s and Gender Studies has grown from offering a few courses at the University in 1973 to becoming one of the strongest interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs in the United States. Department faculty include 30 core, 117 graduate, and 75 affiliate members whose expertise in Women’s and Gender Studies is enriched by specializations in the Arts, Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, and Comparative Literatures in English, French, and Spanish.

The IRW’s seminar, organized around an annual theme, brings together faculty and advanced graduate students to discuss works-in-progress from a wide range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. The IRW also hosts a Distinguished Lecture Series, which invites well-known scholars working on women, gender, and sexuality to come to Rutgers to share their research with our faculty and students throughout the year, and offers professional workshops and mentoring opportunities, such as the Negotiating Basics Workshop.

The broad interdisciplinary nature of both the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the IRW will allow the selected fellow to become fully integrated into the life of the university. Rutgers is an institution with a deep commitment to scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality. Both the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the IRW are part of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), a consortium of nine different Rutgers units focused on women and gender — constituting the most extensive collection of resources on these issues at a university in the United States. Rutgers, therefore, is a unique and stimulating environment in which to situate feminist research.

Candidates should submit their applications, consisting of a CV, a 2500-word description of their research and its significance, and 3 letters of recommendation, electronically at: http://interfolio.sas.rutgers.edu/index.cfm?event=postings&institution_id=Rutgers_Un52BB1139 (search for listing under Women’s and Gender Studies). The statement should address the following: (1) the significance of the candidates research and the specific project that will be developed during the two year postdoc, (2) a brief description of some of the courses the candidate could offer, and (3) how and why Women Studies and the IRW at Rutgers can advance the candidates areas of research. Applications must be received by Monday, January 7, 2013. Candidates must have received the Ph.D. after August 31, 2008; applicants must have finished all requirements for the Ph.D. by June 1, 2013.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The institution values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

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