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Graduate Program

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

Research Grants

The Susan B. Anthony Institute (SBAI) offers grants to support research in gender, sexuality and women's studies by graduate students. The Grants Committee's policy has traditionally been to award money to as many eligible applicants as possible.

Typical grant amounts range from $100–$1,000; however, we will consider larger requests. Proposals can be for such items as:

  • Publication subventions
  • Research materials
  • Travel for research
  • Travel to professional conferences in cases where the applicant is on the program

Research grant funding may not be used to pay for participant incentives.

Grant recipients are encouraged to present their material in SBAI seminars and conferences. We ask that you acknowledge the support in publications.

When completing your grant application, we encourage you to have the following in mind:

  • People from a variety of disciplines are on the Research Grants Committee. Please make clear how your subject matter is centrally related to gender, sexuality, and/or women's studies in a way that is comprehensible to people far outside your field.
  • It is incumbent upon you to create a case for relevance and to convey precisely how your research contributes to the field. We will only support work that advances an understanding of gender, sexuality, and/or women's studies.
  • Research on female subjects does not automatically qualify.
  • Graduate students must obtain a letter of recommendation from a supporting faculty member who knows their work.
  • Receipts and expenses must be presented for reimbursement within 45 days of travel or purchase. Expenses presented after 60 days will not be reimbursable as per the University's policy in accordance with IRS reporting guidelines.

To apply for a research grant, please complete the application form online

Your application must include a reference letter from a faculty member. Please have the faculty member email the letter to by the due date. Applications are due in October, February, and April of each year. Refer to the events calendar for exact dates.

Research grants may be either for research undertaken this academic year or for research planned for the following summer.

View a list of previous recipients here.

Susan B. Anthony Teaching Fellowship

Each year, the SBAI invites current graduate students at the University of Rochester to compete for the Susan B. Anthony Teaching Fellowship, which offers graduate students an opportunity to design and teach their own introductory (100-level, four-credit) course in GSW.

In offering this fellowship, the Curriculum Committee hopes that students will use their imagination to develop courses that explore different approaches to the challenge of introducing gender, sexuality, and women’s studies to undergraduate students.

This teaching fellowship will offer an award of $7,000 for an individual graduate student. We especially encourage applications from students who have passed their qualifying exams or will shortly do so.

Please note:

  • The current year's competition is for the following academic year. Two fellowships are awarded to two graduate students each year, one to teach in during the fall semester and one to teach during the spring semester. If you are unable to teach during one of the semesters in the following academic year, please indicate this in your application.  
  • Prior to submitting an application, graduate students must have the permission of their faculty advisor or department chair to teach a course during the following academic year.
  • Applicants may revise and resubmit proposals from previous years if they were not awarded a fellowship for the course. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the committee if they are doing this.

View a list of previous recipients here.

Graduate students should submit the following materials through the SBAI Teaching Fellowship application form:

  1. A curriculum vitae with teaching experience clearly identified.
  2. A teaching statement. The teaching statement should include:
    1. Your teaching methods, approaches, and objectives
    2. How you think your course could serve majors and minors in gender, sexuality, and women's studies
    3. How you think your course could attract new students to gender, sexuality, and women’s studies and serve the needs of the broader undergraduate student population at the University of Rochester
    4. A description of any relevant teaching experience at the University of Rochester or elsewhere
  3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can best attest to your teaching qualifications and potential mailed to by the faculty person.
  4. A proposed syllabus for an introductory four-credit course that explores the field of gender, sexuality, and women's studies at the 100 level. The proposed syllabus should include:
    1. Course description and course title
    2. Learning goals and objectives
    3. Tentative schedule that outlines some of the issues/questions that will frame the course
    4. Indication of assignments that students will be completing
    5. Description of other requirements
    6. Tentative course policies

Creating Your Course

In designing their courses, applicants should consider the specific teaching and intellectual goals of this introductory course, which include:

  • Familiarizing students with the questions and issues that gender, sexuality, and women’s studies raise and explore
  • Introducing students to some of the most important concepts and terms in the field
  • Alerting students to the interdisciplinary nature of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies
  • Introducing students to some of the current theoretical debates in the field
  • Helping students develop critical thinking and writing skills
  • Getting students excited about taking GSW courses

Given these expectations, please consider creating courses that use a relatively narrow topical approach to serve as a lens through which students can explore a variety of perspectives and disciplines. This course should be geared toward first-year and second-year students with no prior experience in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.

As you design your course title, think about what key words are most likely to attract an undergraduate audience. 

Your course description should use clear language and indicate some of the questions and topics that your course will explore. Listing some of the readings that you think would be of interest to undergraduates is also a good strategy to engage students. 

Samples of previous GSW 100 syllabi can be requested from the SBAI office by emailing

Susan B. Anthony Dissertation Award

This award is made to the University of Rochester PhD candidate having completed (or nearly completed*) the most distinguished dissertation in gender, sexuality, and/or women's studies. The dissertation award amount is $1,000 and was awarded for the first time in spring 2005.

Nominations and/or applications for the award should be sent to the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at by May 1st.

*Candidates who have written around two-thirds or more of their dissertation, and who will be completing it during the same calendar year are also eligible for the award. If you're not sure if a dissertation is far enough along for consideration, please contact to discuss eligibility with the Curriculum Committee.

Graduate students must submit the following documents:

  1. A completed Dissertation Award Application Form
  2. The candidate's most recent curriculum vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation (in the case of a nearly completed dissertation, the PhD candidate's advisor must note that your dissertation will be completed by the end of the calendar year during which the award would be given)
  4. A three-page abstract and complete table of contents of the dissertation
  5. Available chapters of the dissertation

Please submit materials as a single PDF file to Direct any questions to SBAI at Applicants will be notified of our decision no later than mid-May.

View a list of previous recipients here.

Susan B. Anthony Dissertation Fellowship

The Susan B. Anthony Dissertation Fellowship was awarded from 1999 to 2004.