Further information can be found under Eligibility/Application Information. Other questions that are not answered in the information posted on this site can be directed by email to Susan Billmaier, Assistant Program Director for the Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, or by phone to (609) 452-7007, ext. 310.
The Woodrow Wilson
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
in Women's Studies
In its 37-year history, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation has awarded over 500 Women's Studies Fellowships. This program has made a significant contribution to the field, and we take great pride in the Fellowship's accomplishments.
We are now pleased to announce that the Women's Studies Fellowship has been restructured and will continue for the 2014-2015 academic year, with the competition opening in fall 2013. The stipends will be more generous and the number of outstanding scholars who receive fellowships will be modestly increased.
We are grateful to all those who have expressed dedication to and support of this program over the past year. Please check back for updates!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am a foreign citizen. Can I apply for the Women’s Studies Fellowship?
A: Yes. If you are enrolled in a doctoral program at an American university located in the United States and have completed all pre-dissertation requirements in any field of study.
Q: Should I apply if I am within a few months of completing my work?
A: No, you should not apply. The tenure of the award runs from September 1, 2012-August 31, 2013. To apply, your timeline to completion should be approximately May of 2013.
Q: Is the deadline for the supporting materials the same as the deadline for the online application?
A: Yes, the deadline is the same for all materials.
Q: How many letters of recommendation should I submit?
A: You should have two letters, one from your dissertation director and one from a faculty member who is familiar with your work.
Q: Can the Fellowship be used for living expenses while I complete my dissertation?
A: No. The Fellowship award must be used for research expenses, such as travel, books, taping, and computer services.
Q: Can the Fellowship be held concurrently with other grants and fellowships?
Q: Should I include primary sources in the bibliography?
A: Yes, keeping in mind that you also need to demonstrate your familiarity with the key literature in (and/or beyond) your field that pertains to your topic.
Q: What constitutes a completed application?
A: The online application, graduate school transcript, and two letters of recommendation.
Q: How do I know that my online application was received?
A: Once you have successfully submitted your application, it will move from the Saved tab on your dashboard to the Submitted tab on your dashboard. You will not be bale to view your paplication after it has been submitted. If you can still view and edit your application, it has not been submitted.
Q: How do I know that my recommendation letters and transcripts have been received?
A: After you submit your application, you may login at any time to check the status of the receipt of your documents. At the top right corner of your application, there are check boxes that indicate what we have received; if a box is not checked your document is still missing.