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The mission of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is to expand our understanding and appreciation of women's lives and experiences both historically and in contemporary societies. We define education and learning in the broadest sense, including coursework, research, and a wide range of educational programs on and off campus.

We expect our efforts to be intellectually stimulating and to touch people's lives in important personal ways. As the Final Report of the University of Wisconsin System Task Force on Women's Studies wrote in 1974, a major objective of Women's Studies is "to raise the aspirations of women, expanding their sense of possible future alternatives and opportunities and their own capabilities. The concurrent purpose is to enable men to widen their spheres of development for they, too, have been limited by narrow traditional concepts of 'women's roles' and 'men's roles.'"

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Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
The Center for Research on Gender and Women offers a competitive award to support research and/or advocacy pertaining to reproductive health, rights, and justice. The intended purposes of this award are twofold: first, to support the scholarly and career...
The Center for Research on Gender and Women offers a competitive award to support research and/or advocacy pertaining to reproductive health, rights, and justice. The intended purposes of this award are twofold: first, to support the scholarly and career trajectories of future professionals in this topic area; second, to advance the reproductive health, rights, and justice of residents of Wisconsin and beyond. This award is named in honor of Deborah A. Hobbins, a former UW-Madison Foundation employee and longtime Madison-area supporter of abortion, contraception, and other reproductive health services. The award has been generously donated by Deborah┐s friend and colleague, Jeanne Bissell. Ideally, the award will support a specific research and/or advocacy project pertaining to reproductive health, rights, and justice. However, students may also put the award toward more general educational or living expenses, as long as they can clarify how their academic and career trajectory is
1) Currently enrolled graduate and professional students. A Gender/ and Women's Studies Ph.D. minor is not necessary but encouraged. 2) Research or advocacy topic or career trajectory relevant to reproductive health, rights, and justice. Selection will be made on the basis of excellence in academic work by a committee appointed by the Research Committee of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies.
The Center for Research on Gender and Women offers a competitive award to support social science dissertation research on gender or women's studies related work. Graduate students may nominate themselves. Students are eligible to reapply. The Hyde Dissertation Research...
The Center for Research on Gender and Women offers a competitive award to support social science dissertation research on gender or women's studies related work. Graduate students may nominate themselves. Students are eligible to reapply. The Hyde Dissertation Research Award is supported through the generosity of Janet Hyde, who is a Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Hyde has made this award possible through royalties from her book Half the Human Experience: The Psychology of Women.
1) Ph.D. students who have been admitted to candidacy. A gender/women's studies Ph.D. minor is not necessary but encouraged. 2) Dissertation topic relevant to gender/women's studies in an area of social science (e.g., psychology, economics, history, geography, sociology, political science). Selection will be made on the basis of excellence in academic work by a committee appointed by the Research Committee of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies.
This award recognizes an outstanding Ph.D. student in the social sciences working in the area of gender/women's studies. It is named in honor of Mary Washburn Willets (1629-1713), who was a prominent Quaker Minister in Long Island. She gave public...
This award recognizes an outstanding Ph.D. student in the social sciences working in the area of gender/women's studies. It is named in honor of Mary Washburn Willets (1629-1713), who was a prominent Quaker Minister in Long Island. She gave public testimony, held meetings in her house and remained faithful to her beliefs despite public and private persecution.
1) Ph.D. students who have been admitted to candidacy in the social sciences. Preference will be given to those who have completed an Option A or B minor or a graduate certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. 2) Dissertation topic to be relevant to gender/women's studies in some area of the social sciences (e.g. anthropology, psychology, economics, history, geography, political science, sociology). Selection to be made on the basis of excellence in academic work as evident in classwork, papers, etc. This is not intended as a teaching award.
The Ruth Bleier Scholarship in the Natural Sciences was established to encourage undergraduate women at UW-Madison to pursue careers in the natural sciences or medicine.
The Ruth Bleier Scholarship in the Natural Sciences was established to encourage undergraduate women at UW-Madison to pursue careers in the natural sciences or medicine.
Any UW-Madison undergraduate woman student enrolled in the Gender and Women's Studies major or certificate program AND in a major or certificate program in science or health is eligible to apply. Undergraduate woman student must be enrolled in the Gender and Women's Studies major or certificate program AND in a major or certificate program in science or health.
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.