Research Grants

What can the Genevieve D. Willis Research Grant help me to achieve?

The Genevieve D. Willis Research Grant is a competitive grant awarded to students in the Gender Studies Program who plan to undertake research in preparation for a senior thesis/essay in either Gender Studies or their primary major.  The grant awards up to $1,000 for expenses incurred during research, including but not limited to books and materials and travel expenses and accommodations.  Recipients of the grant have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from faculty, graduate students, and fellow undergraduates and are expected to submit their thesis/essay for the annual Genevieve D. Willis Gender Studies Senior Thesis Prize competition or the annual Philip L. Quinn Essay Prize competition.

The Genevieve D. Willis Endowment for Excellence in Gender Studies Summer Research Grant

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
Summer Research Grants for Senior Theses/Essays

Application Process for the Genevieve D. Willis Senior Research Grant

What can I write with a Genevieve D. Willis Research Grant?

Theses of past recipients cover a variety of interests. They include:

Exploring the Role of the Governess in Victorian and Gothic Fiction” by Kelly McGauley
Perceptions and Realities: Discerning the Relationship between Mayan Women and the Roman Catholic Church” by Amanda Lewis
Coming Out and Identity Formation in Gay Male Teens” by Danny Nolan
Matrilineal and Christian Traditions: Moral Resources Against Ghanaian Female Subjugation” by Patrick Tighe
Women’s Changing Roles in Latin American Politics” by Andrea Torres Hermoza



All documentation (Application, Prospectus, Budget Sheet and 2-page Summary) should be submitted electronically to by Noon, first Friday in April.

Research Grant Recipients