Enrich Your Scholarly or Creative Practice

Gender Studies offers competitive grants to our graduate minor students to assist with expenses associated with research and creative work, including materials, fieldwork, and travel to conferences, workshops, or archives. A donation from Dr. Ann Biddlecom (’89) launched our graduate grants program in 2018, and her continued support, along with that from other alumni, enables our Program to offer these grants annually.

Apply for a Graduate Research Grant

We are eager to support proposals from our graduate minor students that have gender and/or sexuality as a key focus and that demonstrate the student’s ability to apply their Gender Studies education in original scholarship or creative work. These grants are awarded twice a year, and up to six grants of $400 each are awarded annually. The Director of Graduate Studies reviews grant applications and selects recipients based on the quality of individual proposals, as well as the quantity of applications for each application cycle. Recipients are encouraged to present their funded research or creative work at a Graduate Research Workshop, as well as to submit their work for the annual G. Margaret Porter Graduate Student Writing Awards.

To apply, complete and submit the Gender Studies Graduate Research Grant Application by noon on the first Friday in October, or by noon on the first Friday in February.  The following items must 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.
  2. A 1-page budget and explanation of other applications for funding.

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 retroactively for work completed as far forward as June 31.

Students may apply for more than one grant in a year; however, selection 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.

Submit your grant application

Recent Grant Recipients

Fall 2020

Geneva Hutchinson (MFA, Art) will be creating an ongoing photographic series entitled Late June, which explores traumatic events in relation to loss, grief, vulnerability, healing, and religion.  Selected works from the Late June series will be displayed in Riley Hall in November as a part of the New Faces exhibit for first-year MFA students.

Spring 2020

Patricia Bredar (English) will be conducting archival research in the United Kingdom for her dissertation project and a related article, “I am astonished at my own strength”: Redefining the Walking Woman through Nineteenth-Century Diaries,” which she plans to publish in Victorian Studies.

Abigail Jorgensen (Sociology) will be conducting interviews with research subjects this summer to further our understanding of the relationships between women, motherhood, and politics. This research is part of her dissertation project, “Becoming the Mommy Politic.”

Jahan Khajavipour (Creative Writing) will be traveling to California to meet with Mutsun tribal leaders for their assistance on a poetry translation project. Mutsun is a non-gendered language.

Brianna McCaslin (Sociology) will be conducting interviews with research subjects for her dissertation project, “Good Sex: Moral Identities and Sexuality,” to further our understanding of feminism, Catholicism, gender, and sexual subjectivity and pleasure.

Emily McLemore (English) will be participating this summer in the International Congress of Medieval Studies, where she will present her paper, “Feminist Caricature, Comical Rape, and the Illustrated Wyf of Bathe: A Liberated Woman’s Great Story!

Ya Su (Sociology) will be conducting research in Hohhot, China this summer for her dissertation project, “She Left, or He Left: Marriages at the Crossroads in Contemporary China,” which explores how gender serves as an important parameter in generating and processing marriage disputes in China.

About Dr. Biddlecom 

Ann Biddlecom

Dr. Ann Biddlecom is a member of the first class of Notre Dame undergraduate students who graduated with a Gender Studies Concentration in 1989. She later 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.