Graduate 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. A total of six grants of $300 each will be awarded annually. Only Gender Studies Graduate Minors can apply.



To apply, complete and submit the Gender Studies Graduate Grant Application by NOON on the first Friday in October, or by NOON on the first Friday in  February.  The following items will need to be uploaded with the application:


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; and


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



Grants applications will be reviewed and final candidates selected by the Director of Graduate Studies.  Grants will be awarded based on the quantity of applications, as well as the quality of individual proposals.  We are eager to support proposals that have gender as a key focus and that demonstrate students' ability to apply their Gender Studies education in original scholarship or creative work.

For the fall grant cycle, students may apply retroactively for work completed as far back as July 1 and proactively for work completed as far forward as March 1.  For the spring grant cycle, students may apply retroactively for work completed as far back as October 1 and proactively for work completed as far forward as June 31.

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