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Esther O. Kegan Student Travel Award

The Gender & Women’s Studies Program provides a limited number of awards, not to exceed $250.00 each, for GWS graduate concentrators, GWS majors and minors, and Social Justice (SJ) minors 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 award 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. 

To apply, we ask that you be an existing GWS grad concentrator who has taken at least one of the core courses (GWS 501 or 502), or be a GWS major or minor or SJ minor who has taken the required core courses and is presenting research at a conference.

Kegan Travel Awards are paid out three times a year for travel and research activities occurring during the fall semester, spring semester, and summer. See below and here for application due dates. Awards are limited to one per student in any academic year. The award is supported by the Esther O. Kegan Fund.

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A flyer promoting the Kegan Travel Award. The top third of the flyer is a photo of a travel journal with a camera sitting next to it. There is a map on the cover of the journal. In the top right in dark blue font it states Gender & Women's Studies Kegan Travel Award. Beneath the photo, the flyer background is light gray. There are three purple check marks, each with a purple circle around them. To the right of the top check mark, in dark blue font it states, Are you an undergraduate or graduate student who has complete core GWS or Social Justice (SJE) courses? To the right of the second check mark, in dark blue font it states, Are you presenting at a conference or traveling for research? To the right of the bottom check mark, in dark blue font it states, Interested in up to $250 of funding? Beneath that list, in large, bold, dark blue font it states Apply Here. In purple font, the application link is listed. In the bottom left corner of the flyer, application and contact information appears in dark blue and purple text. The GWS circle logo appears in the bottom right corner of the flyer.

Applications for the Kegan Student Travel award are accepted on a rolling basis. The next deadline is on Friday, August 16, 2024, 5 p.m CST.