Deadline Extended: GWSS Undergraduate Mellon Foundation Research Grants

Submitted by Whitney Miller on

The Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies invites applications for undergraduate research grants funded by a two-year Mellon Foundation Higher Learning grant. These research grants aim to elevate GWSS scholarship and create a more connected, experiential learning environment for our majors.

New Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024 (Extended from March 1)

GWSS Undergraduate Research Grants of up to $1,000 are intended to jumpstart projects aligned with the GWSS mission. Project outcomes may include, but are not limited to:

  • scholarly essay for submission to a journal
  • poster or talk for presentation (see below for possible venues)
  • critical creative writing, art, or performance piece
  • public scholarship workshop that bridges feminist theory and activism

Projects may be developed from:

  • Final projects in any GWSS course
  • Research initiated in GWSS 302: Feminist Theories and Methods
  • Expansion of projects related to GWSS 494: GWSS Capstone

Open to current GWSS Majors and Minors, including students intending to graduate in June 2024.

Application Process
Submit the following via Google Forms:

  1. Proposal Narrative (limit: 750 words): project description including objectives, significance/relevance to GWSS, methodology, timeline for project completion, and format/venue for presenting your research.
  2. Annotated Bibliography (limit: 500 words): 5-7 works foundational to the proposed project with a brief annotation for each entry describing how it informs the proposed project.
  3. Budget: Prepare a budget itemizing specific project needs. Each line item should include a detailed description of the item, a rationale for why it is important for the success of the project, and a dollar amount. 

Selection Criteria
A committee composed of GWSS faculty will evaluate projects based on:

  1. The strength and cohesiveness of the project description
  2. The feasibility of the timeline for completion
  3. The merits of the proposed budget.

Submission Deadlines
Applications will be reviewed in two submission cycles:

  1. March 15, 2024  Extended from March 1!
  2. October 15, 2024

Decision Announcements
First-round decisions will be announced by the beginning of Spring Quarter 2024; second-round decisions by the end of Fall Quarter 2024.

Presentation/Reporting Back
Funding for undergraduate research enables students to deepen their learning and share their knowledge with a range of audiences. Possible venues for presenting research include the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, GWSS departmental colloquium series, and/or the upcoming UW GWSS Conference (Spring 2025). Details for the latter, also supported by the Mellon Foundation grant, will be forthcoming.

Grant recipients are required to:

  • Submit a brief final report on the outcome of their research to the department.
  • Present their findings at the Spring 2025 GWSS Conference mentioned above. Graduating students have the option of virtual participation if they graduate before the conference date.