The Boehnen Fund for Excellence in Gender Studies Summer Internship Grants are competitive grants that are awarded annually to Notre Dame Gender Studies undergraduate students who have secured unpaid summer internships that will help them analyze, understand, and gain valuable work experience in fields pertaining to Gender Studies. The internships may be at any organization or business, inside or outside the United States, insofar as the student makes a persuasive case for its relevance to his or her Gender Studies education. Our expectation is that the Boehnen Summer Internship Grants will help to offset living expenses for the students as they undertake their unpaid internship work; to that end, the student is expected to work full-time for the sponsoring agency, business, or organization (as they define full-time) and to explain to their supervisor that they have received funding that enables them to work full-time. All currently enrolled Gender Studies Supplemental Majors and Gender Studies Minors are eligible to apply for these grants. The typical amount awarded is $2500. The typical length of the internship should be a minimum term of five (5) weeks with a maximum term of eight (8) weeks. However, the award amount and length of internship term are negotiable with respect to the specifics of each internship and these specifics should be described in detail in the “Statement of Purpose” of the grant application.
The Genevieve D. Willis Endowment for Excellence has been established to promote excellence in undergraduate research in Gender Studies at Notre Dame through the following initiatives:
*Undergraduate Writing Prizes in Gender Studies
*Summer Research Grants for Senior Theses/Essays in Gender Studies
Application Process for the Genevieve D. Willis Senior Research Grant:
1) Junior majors in Gender Studies have priority in the application process for these grants. Junior minors, sophomore majors, or sophomore minors who plan to undertake research for their senior theses/essays in either Gender Studies or their primary major over the course of the next two summers may also apply for these grants; the research must have an explicitly gendered-component. All junior and sophomore majors and minors are notified by email of this opportunity in the Spring semester. Interested students should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and their chosen faculty advisors about their grant applications.
2) Junior majors and minors in Gender Studies who are interested in applying for these grants or have received one in the previous year may elect to enroll in the Gender Studies Senior Capstone Essay course for the Fall semester, after consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and their senior essay advisor.
Applications can be obtained online or through the Gender Studies Program Office. Applications are due BY NOON on the First Friday in April and should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.