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The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) is offering two research awards to UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral students for their gender-based research. Graduate students must have coursework completed and be engaged in the dissertation process. Two awards of $5,000 each will support dissertation projects that address topics related to women, sex, gender equity, and/or all intersections of gender.

Research projects may focus on a wide range of questions. For example, they might explore any of the following: gendered identities and experiences, including but not limited to femininities, masculinities, and gender non-conforming identities and experiences; intersectional analyses of gender; differences based on sex; difference and diversity within and between categories; and gender equity and gender equality. Projects might also bring a gendered analysis to bear on topics seemingly not connected to gender. Projects should clearly articulate how they fulfill this requirement, and applications from doctoral students in all units of the University are welcome.


Submit the following materials via email with “GRAD STUDENT DISS RSRCH AWARD” in subject line to by Saturday, November 30, 2019.

  • The completed application form (click here to download)
  • Double-spaced narrative of no more than 1,000 words describing the dissertation project, its guiding gender-related questions, its relationship to existing scholarship, and anticipated project completion date
  • Curriculum vitae, not to exceed three pages
  • Letter of endorsement from your advisor/dissertation chair (sent separately from advisor/chair to 

Requirements of Graduate Student Awardees: Award winners must make a public presentation about their project or their work-in-progress (usually during the following Fall semester) and write a column about their work for the CWC newsletter. 


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