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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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Applications for the Kegan Student Travel award are accepted on a rolling basis. The next deadline is on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, 5 p.m CST.