Awards and Scholarships

Graduate Stipend 

Annually, $15,000 in graduate student stipends are awarded to deserving students. Priority is given to full-time matriculated first-year students, but second-year students may be considered as well. For stipend considerations a gradaute student must accept admission in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Contact the program director for details. 


The IWPR/GW Fellowship in Women's Public Policy Research 

Deadline: 5 pm March 15 (or previous Friday, if a weekend)

Generally, each year, one fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis, with the fellow to be chosen jointly by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Fellows will participate in research at IWPR while a full-time graduate student at GW; research may be used toward fulfillment of requirements for WSGG 6283, 6280, and 6295, as well as thesis or dissertation research. The fellowship provides a stipend of $15,000 and 18 hours of tuition credit. Preference will be given to advanced graduate students, particularly to public policy PhD students in the gender and social policy concentration whose thesis topics relate to IWPR research interests. Applications download here.


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Endowment Award 

Deadline: Mid-April the program request applicants. 

Each year, the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Endowment, financed through alumni donations, provides an award  to a student matriculated in a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduate program at The George Washington University. Application information is available once the award is open for applications. 


The Nicole Paul Endowed Prize in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality 

Deadline: Mid-April the program request applicants.

Provided through an endowment made by the parents of Nicole Paul, who was a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies MA student before her death in 1994, this annual award is about $900. The awardee is selected by a committee comprising the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Director, two members of the Program faculty, and one student. Applicants should be matriculated students in the GW Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies MA Program with demonstrated commitment to feminist scholarship and activism. 

Specific requirements sent out annually via email.


The "Service to the Community of Women" Award 

Deadline: Mid-April the program request applicants.

This award acknowledges the activism of a GW v Program graduate student. Any GW Women's, Gender, and Sexuality graduate student may apply. The award is $100.


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Graduate Prize for Feminist Scholarship 

Deadline: Mid-April the program request applicants.

Any George Washington University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Program graduate student can submit a paper for consideration. The prize is $100.

Guidelines for Submissions:

  • Papers must be concerned with feminist scholarship.

  • Papers should be approximately 20 pages in length, double-spaced, 12-point typeface, and include a bibliography or a list of references cited.

  • Submissions should be accompanied by an abstract that describes the work in a paragraph or two, and explains how the work originated, i.e., as part of a thesis, a course paper, etc.


The "Making a Difference" Award 

Deadline: Mid-April the program request applicants. 

The primary goal of this award is to encourage original research, stimulate critical thinking and shape on-going debates on one, or more than one, related topics concerning women. The paper would cover the purpose, implementation, outcomes and impacts of legislation, policies and programs that include or are aimed specifically at women on subjects such as aging, health, violence against women, wage equity, child-care, safety net issues and human rights.  The Award is made possible by the generous support of Clara Schiffer.  The amount is yet to be determined.

Students are invited to submit a paper of not more than 20 pages for review by the committee comprising members of faculty from Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and related areas such as Public Policy, representative(s) from policy oriented research bodies such IWPR, and a GW alum.  The committee will review the papers according to the stated criteria. The Committee may, if it feels necessary, call upon other experts to assist in its deliberation. 

Criteria: The committee will be looking for original work which falls within the scope of the award. The paper should have been initiated in a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course (i.e. one with a WGSS prefix).

Eligibility: This prize is open to all WGSS graduate students taking a course with a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies prefix (i.e. WGSS) during the current year.