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, 2015

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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 academic year, although a case for exceptions may also be made.

Application Process:

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

Subject line to read : (insert your last name): DISSERTATION app

Application Materials:

        1.  a one-page cover letter

        2.  a two-page proposal including:

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

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

        3.  curriculum vitae

        4.  transcript

        5.  names of two faculty who know the applicant's work and are willing                              to serve as references.

Deadline: Applications received past the deadline will NOT be considered. Deadline is March 1, 2015.

A subcommittee of the Women's Studies instructional faculty will select fellowship recipients and applicants will be notified of decisions within 30 days of the deadline.

 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.



Dissertation Fellowships - DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2015, 5pm.

Applications are due  (see Application Process at left) via email to  or if electronic submission is NOT possible, via campus mail  to Women's Studies Department, Box 90760, or dropped off at the Women's Studies office, 210 East Duke Building.

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