Grants, Fellowships, and Awards for Graduate Students

Research Grants

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies offers grants to support research in gender and women's studies by undergraduate and graduate students. The Grants Committee's policy traditionally has been to award money to as many eligible applicants as possible. Typical grant amounts range from $100 – $1000 however we will consider larger requests. Proposals may be for such items as publication subventions, research materials, travel for research, and travel to professional conferences in cases where the applicant is on the program; research grant funding may not be used to pay for participant incentives. Grant recipients are encouraged to present their material in SBAI seminars and conferences. We ask that you acknowledge the support in publications.

When completing your grant application, we encourage you to have the following in mind:

  • People from a variety of disciplines are on the Research Grants Committee. Please make clear how your subject matter is centrally related to gender, sexuality, and/or women's studies in a way that is comprehensible to people far outside your field.
  • It is incumbent upon you to create a case for relevance and to convey precisely how your research contributes to the field. We will only support work that advances an understanding of gender, sexuality, and/or women's studies.
  • Research on female subjects does not automatically qualify.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students MUST obtain a letter of recommendation from a supporting faculty member who knows their work.
  • Receipts and expenses MUST be presented for reimbursement within 45 days of travel or purchase. This allows us two weeks for adequate processing time. Expenses presented after 60 days will NOT be reimbursable as per the University's policy in accordance with IRS reporting guidelines.

To apply for a Research Grant, please complete the application form online. You can access the Research Grant Application form here on our site. Your application must include a reference letter from a faculty member. Please have your reference email the letter to by the due date.

Applications are due in October, February and April of each year.  Refer to the events calendar for exact dates. Research grants may be either for research undertaken this academic year or for research planned for the following summer.  Receipts should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than one month after expenses occur.

Susan B. Anthony Teaching Fellowship

Each year, the SBAI invites current graduate students at the University of Rochester to compete for the Susan B. Anthony Teaching Fellowship, which offers graduate students an opportunity to design and teach their own introductory (100 level, 4 credits) course in GSW. In offering this fellowship, the Curriculum Committee hopes that students will use their imagination to develop courses that explore different approaches to the challenge of introducing gender, sexuality, and women’s studies to undergraduate students. This Teaching Fellowship will offer an award of $5,000 for an individual graduate student. We especially encourage applications from students who have passed their qualifying exams or will shortly do so. Please note: • the current year's competition is for the following academic year; • prior to submitting an application, graduate students must have the permission of their faculty advisor or department chair to teach a course during the following academic year. • Applicants may revise and resubmit proposals from previous years, especially if they consult with the committee first.

View a list of previous recipients here.

Graduate students should submit:

  1. A curriculum vitae with teaching experience clearly identified.

  2. A teaching statement. The teaching statement should include

    • Your teaching methods, approaches, and objectives; 
    • How you think your course could serve majors and minors in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; 
    • How you think your course could attract new students to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies and serve the needs of the broader undergraduate student population at the University of Rochester; 
    • A description of any relevant teaching experience at the University of Rochester or elsewhere.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the faculty member who can best attest to your teaching qualifications and potential.

  4. A proposed syllabus for an introductory 4-credit course that explores the field of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the 100 level. The proposed syllabus should include

    • Course description and course title;
    • Learning goals and objectives; 
    • Tentative schedule that outlines some of the issues/questions that will frame the course; 
    • Indication of assignments that students will be completing; 
    • Description of other requirements; 
    • Tentative course policies.

Considerations while working on your syllabus, course title, and course description

1. In designing their courses, applicants should consider the specific teaching and intellectual goals of this introductory course, which include:

    • familiarizing students with the questions and issues that gender, sexuality, and women’s studies raise and explore;
    • introducing students to some of the most important concepts and terms in the field;
    • alerting students to the inter-disciplinary nature of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies;
    • introducing students to some of the current theoretical debates in the field;
    • helping students develop critical thinking and writing skills;
    • getting students excited about taking GSW courses! Given these expectations, please consider creating courses that use a relatively narrow topical approach to serve as a lens through which students can explore a variety of perspectives and disciplines. If you are planning to develop a course that reflects your own research interests, please consider adjusting your guiding questions and tentative readings for a 100-level course that would most probably enroll freshmen and sophomores with no prior experience in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.

2. As you design your course title, think about what key words are most likely to attract an undergraduate audience, especially first-year and second-year students.

3. As you write your course description, keep in mind your audience, which is most likely to be first- and second-year students. Clear language and an indication of some of the questions and topics that your course will be exploring can often help to draw students’ interest. Listing some of the readings that you think would be of interest to undergraduates is also a good strategy to engage students.

4. Samples of previous GSW 100 syllabi can be requested from the SBAI office by emailing

Deadline for the competition
December of each academic year, with the possibility of a second deadline in the following March of each academic year.
Please see the department Events Calendar for the exact date(s) for this academic year.

Address for submissions
Please email all materials as a single PDF file to

Susan B. Anthony Dissertation Award

This Award is made to the University of Rochester PhD candidate having completed (or nearly completed) the most distinguished dissertation in gender, sexuality, and/or women's studies. The Dissertation Award amount is $1,000 and was awarded for the first time in Spring 2005.

Nominations and/or applications for the award should be sent to the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at each March.

Graduate Students must submit the following documents:

  1. a completed Dissertation Award Application Form. Download the Dissertation Award Application Form (PDF) here or obtain one at the Institute;
  2. the candidate's most recent vita;
  3. two letters of recommendation.  (In the case of a nearly completed dissertation, the PhD candidate's advisor must attest to prospect of the dissertation's imminent completion);
  4. a 3-page abstract and table of contents of the dissertation;
  5. available chapters of the dissertation.

Please submit materials as a single PDF file to Direct any questions to SBAI at Applicants will be notified of our decision no later than mid-May.

Susan B. Anthony Dissertation Fellowship

The Susan B. Anthony Dissertation Fellowship was awarded from 1999 to 2004.

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