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Boyd/William Dissertation Grant Award for Research on Women and Work---Due March 9, 2009

Posted: February 12, 2009

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender invites proposals from University of Michigan graduate students to support dissertation research and scholarship that focuses on women and work and promotes knowledge and enhances understanding of the complexities of women's roles in relation to their paid and unpaid work (e.g., philanthropy, volunteerism, community involvement, domestic work, and political activity).

The award is made every other year. The next award will be made in the Winter 2009 semester.


Applicants must be graduate students (in any field) at the Ph.D. candidate level. One grant of $1,500 will be awarded for doctoral dissertation expenses such as books, travel, production or exhibition costs, software, data collection, payment of subjects or other types of support needed to complete the project.

Application materials and deadlines

Applications are due March 9, 2009. Applicants must submit 5 copies of their application materials to the address listed below. The application must include the following materials:

* Coversheet(http://www.umich.edu/~irwg/funding/umgrads/BoydWilliamsCoverSheet.pdf )
* Curriculum vita
* Project abstract (no more than 100 words)
* A brief description of the project (no more than 800 words). This will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee, so be sure to describe the goals, methods, and significance of the project in terms that are understandable to scholars outside your field. Project budget (explanation of how the requested funds will be used)
* Statement of expected level of funding available to complete the project beyond this award
* Two letters of support from faculty who know you and your project well (These should be sent directly from the letter-writer to the Institute. The appropriate number of copies will be made by Institute staff.)
* Transcripts for graduate work. U-M transcripts may be unofficial copies. Transcripts for graduate work performed at other institutions must include one official copy (photocopies may be made of the official copy in order to provide the appropriate number of copies with your application)

Criteria for award

All of the criteria listed below will play some role in the selection process; however every project need not satisfy every criterion.

* Centrality of focus on women and work
* Anticipated contribution of this project to scholarship or creative activity on women and work
* Inclusion of appropriate attention to issues of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, social class, differences among women or other differences
* The quality of the scholarship or creative activity
* Clarity of description of the project
* Use of interdisciplinary approach to scholarship or creative activity
* Evaluation of the budget justification
* Good standing in your academic program
* Contribution of this project to your professional development

Human subjects review

For research projects involving the use of human subjects, award of grant will be subject to project review and approval by the appropriate IRB.

Award date

Applicants will be notified of final decisions in April 2009.

Application materials (5 copies) should be sent to:

Boyd/Williams Dissertation Grant Award

Institute for Research on Women and Gender

University of Michigan

1136 Lane Hall 204 South State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

For more information, please visit our webpage at http://www.umich.edu/~irwg/funding/umgrads/boydwill.html


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