The Woodrow Wilson Women's Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. The program encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, the complex gender roles of transidentity management, women's electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women's sports, militarism and the education of American women, and the relationship between family commitments and women's work mobility.
Since the first Women's Studies Fellows were named in 1974, nearly 500 emerging scholars have been funded, many now prominent in their fields. They are college presidents, distinguished faculty members, artists and novelists, and (in some cases) leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. They include a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, seven Guggenheim Fellows, a number of Fulbright Fellows, and many others who have achieved significant distinctions. Notably, a number of the Fellows volunteer their time as reviewers to help select new Women's Studies Fellows and enthusiastically support the next generation of scholars exploring women's issues and matters of gender.
Fields of Study:
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- US Citizen
- US National or Permanent Resident
- Citizen of another country