The Graduate School awards two full fellowships to Women's Studies each year.

Each fellowship carries a nine-month ~ $21,580 stipend (tuition and fees to be paid by the Graduate School). Please note that only students in years one through six are eligible for health insurance. Beginning in year seven, students are responsible for providing their own health insurance.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The intent of these awards is to “buy time” for a doctoral candidate who is past course work and engaged in the early stages of dissertation research. As the fellowships are in Women's Studies, it is expected that fellowship recipients will devote the year to deepening their knowledge of feminist theory and methods, and exploring interdisciplinary angles on the topics being researched. We also expect fellows to be active participants in program activities throughout their fellowship year.  Graduate students enrolled in the Certificate Program in Feminist Studies will have priority for these awards.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students enrolled as full-time PhD students at Duke University from all areas in the University are eligible to apply.

  • The fellowship is for one year only, non-renewable, non-deferrable. The amounts of stipend and fees payments are determined by the Graduate School .

  • Recipients must be in residence during the entire 2016-2017 academic year.

  • Recipients must have taken and passed preliminary exams by the end of the semester prior to the beginning of the Fellowship. 

  • Recipients are expected to participate in community activities that are of mutual benefit to the individual and to Women's Studies, including a presentation of work-in-progress in the Graduate Scholars Colloquium, if asked.

  • No other award may be held concurrently with this fellowship without permission from the Dean of the Graduate School, including teaching commitment(s).

Selection criteria:

  • substantial prior scholarly investment in the field of gender, sexuality and/or Women's Studies,

  • interest in prioritizing faculty positions in Women's Studies as a potential career trajectory, and

  • willingness to be part of the intellectual and social life of the Women's Studies community at Duke.

Priority will be given to candidates at earlier stages of their research, particularly candidates entering their 4th or 5th year of study in the 2016-2017 academic year, although a case for exceptions may also be made.


Deadline:  5 pm, MARCH 1, 2016

Please submit your application via email to  or, if electronic submission is not possible, to the Program in Women's Studies, Box 90760, 210 East Duke Building.

 Application Process:

Electronic submission of the application is highly preferred; please submit to .

Subject line to read : (your last name) DISSERTATION application

Application Materials:

1.  a one-page cover letter

2.  a two-page proposal including:

(a) a brief description of Women's Studies courses taken, including faculty and institution

(b) a summary of previous funding and possible funding sources for the next year

3.  curriculum vitae

4.  transcript

5.  the names/contact information of two faculty who know your work and are willing to serve as references.

Deadline: March 1, 2016. Late applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by April 1. 

The Graduate School also offers a variety of Fellowship and other financial aid programs which can be reviewed on the web at  Fellowship and Research Opportunities.

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