Boyd Williams Dissertation Grant for Research on Women and Work

Description:

The Boyd/Williams fellowship is awarded to a U-M doctoral student writing a dissertation related to women and work. Through this award, IRWG seeks to support projects that promote knowledge about and enhance understanding of the complexities of women’s roles in relation to their paid and unpaid labor (e.g., philanthropy, volunteerism, community involvement, domestic work, and political activity).
 
This prestigious dissertation fellowship is named for two sisters: Ruth Rodman Boyd (1892-1981), a longtime community activist, and Shirley Rodman Williams (1894-1999), who had a long career in the Detroit business community.

Deadline: November 27, 2017 

Award(s):

Grants of $2,000 will be awarded in Winter 2018 for doctoral dissertation expenses such as books, travel, production or exhibition costs, software, data collection, payment of subjects, or other types of support needed to complete the project. 

Eligibility:

Applicants must be University of Michigan Ph.D. students in any field. Students who have received this award in the past are not eligible to apply.

Students applying for a Boyd/Williams Grant may also apply for an IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars fellowship.

Criteria for Awards:

  • Centrality of focus on women and work
  • Anticipated contribution of the project to scholarship or creative work on women and work
  • Inclusion of appropriate attention to issues of race/ethnicity, sexuality, class, nationality, or other differences among women or men
  • Quality of the scholarship or creative activity
  • Clarity of the project description
  • Use of an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship or creative activity
  • Plausibility of the proposed budget
  • Good standing in the applicant’s academic program
  • Contribution of the project to the applicant’s professional development

Application Procedure:

Complete the IRWG Graduate Funding Online Application (below) and submit it along with additional documents:

1. Statement of how your project fits into your graduate career and professional development

2. Project Title 

3. Abstract (100 word summary)

4. Project Description (800 words)

  • The description should include the goals, methods, and significance of your project in terms that are understandable by scholars from many disciplines.
  • This will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee.

5. Project Budget and Statement of Expected Funding

6. Two (2) letters of recommendation from professors addressing your overall educational and career plan.

7. Curriculum Vitae

8. Transcript(s) of graduate work from the University of Michigan

Additional Information:

  • You may apply for both graduate student funding opportunities with a single application.
  • The application form and accompanying documents (CV, letters of support, and transcripts) only need to be submitted once. 
  • Please note that you cannot make changes to the application form after you've clicked "Submit."
  • U-M transcripts may be official or unofficial, and should be scanned and uploaded directly to the Application Form below. 
  • Letters of support may be sent directly from the letter-writer to IRWG through campus mail or email (irwg.grad.funding@umich.edu), or can be submitted by the applicant in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by the letter-writer. Mail hard copies of letters of support to: Graduate Student Funding Programs, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, 1136 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

Human Subjects Review: Compliance with all appropriate regulations governing conduct of research will be required. Research proposals involving the use of human subjects will be subject to project review and approval by the appropriate IRB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain IRB approval.

Contact Person(s):

IRWG main office: 734.764.9537 or irwg.grad.funding@umich.edu

Graduate Opportunities Application for 2018

Your University of Michigan ID number
Check all that apply. This is a single ("common") application for both the IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars program and the Boyd/Williams Dissertation Grant for Research on Women and Work. It needs only to be submitted once.
Your full mailing address (Street Number and Name, City, State, Zip Code)
Your department's full mailing address (Street Number and Name, City, State, Zip Code)
Full name and email address of your department chair. (Example: Jill Smith, jillsmith@umich.edu)
Full name and email address of your department's graduate coordinator. (Example: John Smith, johnsmith@umich.edu)
Note: If you are a PhD student, you should have advanced to candidacy in order to participate in the Community of Scholars program. There is no such requirement for the Boyd/Williams grant.
Please list your anticipated graduation month and year.
List in chronological order, all colleges and universities attended, including the University of Michigan.
List your primary sources of financial support for each semester since you began graduate school at U-M. Include Fellowship support (indicating the source), research assistantships and teaching assignments. Indicate the fraction associated with each source of support (e.g. RA with Professor Smith, 0.20; GSI for Introductory Biology, 0.20, etc.)
List two faculty members (name, title, institution) from whom you have requested recommendations. Please ask your recommenders to address your overall educational and career plans in their letters.
Attach ONE document with your project ABSTRACT (100 words) and DESCRIPTION (800 words). The abstract should be a brief summary of the project. The description should include the goals, methods, and significance of your project in terms that are understandable by scholars from many disciplines. This will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee.
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: txt pdf doc docx.
Project Budget (required for Boyd / Williams grant only)
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt html pdf doc docx xls xlsx.
Required only for the Boyd/Williams Dissertation Grant. List expected funding from other sources.
Please upload your current CV or resume.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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U-M transcripts should be scanned and uploaded here. They may be unofficial or official.
Files must be less than 25 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png pdf.
This information is optional - to be used to further improve IRWG's commitment to diversity and inclusion.