group photo of Feminist Research Seminar participants

IRWG offers a variety of internal grants and funding opportunities for faculty and graduate student scholarship, research collaborations, or creative activities that focus on women, gender, or sexuality. 

Support for faculty-initiated events, such as speakers and conferences is available through our faculty led programs and event cosponsorship.

Search for upcoming IRWG funding opportunities in the block below. Applications for IRWG grants are processed through our InfoReady portal. View available funding applications here.

We also offer research development, grantwriting assistance, and pre- and post-award services to U-M faculty seeking extramural funding. Learn more about IRWG's faculty research support services.


IRWG Funding Opportunities

Event Cosponsorship

Financial support for research-related events hosted by other University of Michigan departments that directly relate to scholarship on women, gender and/or sexuality.

Faculty Led Programs

Programs provide ongoing activities and events on a specific theme related to women, gender, and/or sexuality.

Faculty Affiliates

Open to researchers and faculty on all three University of Michigan campuses. 

Visiting Scholars Program

Guest appointment for faculty, postdoctoral scholars and researchers to reside at IRWG for up to one year, without funding.

Feminist Research Seminar

National call for small, themed residential conferences to be held in spring/summer in Ann Arbor. Seminars are proposed and designed by interested applicants, bringing together 10 feminist scholars to address quandaries in theoretical or empirical research related to gender, women and sexuality. 

Boyd Williams Dissertation Grant for Research on Women and Work

Grant award for U-M doctoral students writing a dissertation related to women and work.

IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars

Summer fellowship program for U-M graduate students engaged in scholarly research or other creative projects focusing on women, gender or sexuality.

IRWG Faculty Seed Grant: Open Topic

Grant award for U-M faculty research projects addressing women, gender and sexuality. This is our long-running program, open to all fields and topic areas.

Reading or Writing Groups

Meeting space and administrative support for ongoing study groups of U-M faculty and graduate students engaged in gender scholarship.

IRWG Mcubed Research Incentive

An incentive competition for funded Mcubed collaborations. - Funding cycle closed.

Seed Grant: Sexual Harassment and Gender Violence

These grants are meant to bring new researchers into the current group of scholars at IRWG, the Initiative on Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment. -  Funding cycle closed.

Seed Grant: Social Science, Arts, and Humanities Innovations for Health

These grants will be given to social science, arts, and humanities researchers with projects aimed at bringing the insights of their work to topics and questions normally studied in the biomedical and applied health fields. - Funding cycle closed.

Seed Grant: Transgender Health and Empowerment

These grants are aimed at developing interdisciplinary researchers with the capacity to engage and collaborate with gender minority populations to develop innovative tools, useful research infrastructure, or to promote equitable and meaningful research with transgender and non-binary people in empowered ways. - Funding cycle closed.

Joan Schafer Research Faculty Award in Sport, Fitness, and Disability

U-M faculty research awards up to $10,000 to support projects investigating how living with a physical challenge influences access to and participation in sport and physical activity.

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