Graduate Research Grants

Ann Biddlecom

Dr. Ann Biddlecom (’89) is a member of the first class of Notre Dame undergraduate students who graduated with a Gender Studies Concentration.  She received a Ph.D. in sociology and population studies from Brown University. Dr. Biddlecom has worked on policy-relevant sexual and reproductive health research for the past twenty years. She currently directs a portfolio of international studies at the Guttmacher Institute. Her published research includes trends in contraceptive behaviors and fertility worldwide, adolescent HIV and pregnancy prevention, and sexual and reproductive decision-making. Previously, Dr. Biddlecom held research posts at the United Nations, the University of Michigan, and the Population Council.


As a result of Dr. Biddlecom’s generous contributions to our program, Gender Studies offers grants to our graduate minors to assist with expenses associated with research and creative work, including materials, fieldwork, and travel to conferences, workshops, or archives. 


The contributions by Dr. Biddlecom initiated the grant and her continued support along with the generous support from other alumni enables the Program to offer the grant to our graduate students.


These grants are awarded twice a year. For the 2018-2019 year, a total of six grants of $300 each will be awarded.



To apply, submit the following application materials to the Acting Director of Graduate Studies (Pam Butler by NOON on the first Friday in October, or by NOON on the first Friday in  February:


1) a 1-2-page summary of the research or creative project, including the title, topic, methodology/theory, projected scope of project, and rationale for a grant to advance the project;


2) 1-page budget and explanation of other applications for funding; and


3) a completed copy of the Gender Studies Graduate Research Grant Application



Students may apply retroactively until the first Friday in October for research/creative work completed as far back as July 1.


Students may apply for more than one grant in a year; however, preference will be given to those students who have not received a Biddlecom grant previously.


Students who apply for these grants are expected to check with their home departments to ensure that their receipt of such funds would keep them within their maximum stipend limit.


Recipients are encouraged to present their funded research or creative work at a Graduate Student Research Workshop, as well as to submit their work for the annual G. Margaret Porter Graduate Student Writing Award.


Graduate Research Grant Recipients