GWS Student Funding Opportunities

Mary B. Bialas Scholarship in Honor of Margaret (Daisy) Davies

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This $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a Gender and Women’s Studies major or minor or an undergraduate student who has taken GWS classes.  Applicants should have demonstrated a commitment to women and/or children’s issues and actively worked to improve the lives of women and children.

Undergraduate Prize

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This merit-based prize is awarded annually to one outstanding Gender and Women’s Studies major or minor.  Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to feminist activism on campus and/or in the community. To be eligible, students must have completed (or are currently be completing) the requirements for the Major or Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, and must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The winner will receive a certificate of recognition, a monetary award of $200, and notice among the University’s award winners.


Esther O. Kegan Travel Assistance Program

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Gender & Women’s Studies Program provides a limited amount of assistance, not to exceed $250.00 each, for GWS graduate concentrators and program majors to travel to and participate in feminist conference spaces including, but not limited to National Women’s Studies Association, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and Sociologists for Women in Society. The assistance is to support students who will be presenting papers, posters, or creative work that benefits the University of Illinois System at the conference they attend. It also can be used to support student travel for research, including, but not limited to, trips to archives, transcription of data, or other research related activities. The assistance is supported by the Esther O. Kegan Fund.

GWS Graduate Prize

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The Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Prize is awarded annually to one outstanding GWS graduate concentrator in recognition of the student’s commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship in Gender and Women’s Studies. The winner will receive a certificate of recognition, a monetary award of $500, and notice among the University’s award winners.

To apply, we ask that you be an existing UIC GWS graduate student concentrator who has taken at least one of the core courses (GWS 501 or 502).

GWS Completion Award

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Gender and Women’s Studies has 1 tuition waiver to award each academic year. GWS is also including a $1000 finishing award to help you with your research. The application will be due in the spring. The tuition waiver and funds will be applied in the following fall semester.

To apply, we ask that you be in your last year (or 2) of studybe an existing GWS grad concentrator who has taken both core courses (GWS 501 and 502) and not have funding that includes a tuition waiver or have been offered a tuition waiver already

First priority will go to GWS Grad Concentrators who are doctoral students, but all GWS Grad Concentrators are encouraged to apply!