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Graduate Fellowships


The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality offers a variety of fellowship and funding opportunities for graduate students each academic year.

IRWGS Graduate Fellowships

IRWGS Graduate Fellows are active participants in the IRWGS community, coordinating the IRWGS Graduate Colloquium and Theory Salons.  Fellows also assist the IRWGS Director and Associate Director, and the Directors of Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Studies with occasional research and administrative tasks related to the program. Fellows complete a maximum of 60 hours of work per semester and are awarded a stipend of $3,000.

Selection of IRWGS Fellows is based on academic distinction in feminist and departmental scholarly work, and a proven commitment to IRWGS and its activities. IRWGS Graduate Fellowships generally are awarded to PhD students who have completed or are planning to complete the IRWGS graduate certificate.  Please note that IRWGS graduate fellows may not hold other fellowships or grants (including the Whiting and the Kluge from Columbia) during their fellowship year.

For more information, or to apply for the IRWGS Graduate Fellowship, please email

Elaine Combs-Schilling Memorial Fellowship

The Elaine Combs-Schilling Memorial Fund was established in 2017 in memory of Elaine Combs-Schilling (1949-2016), Professor of Anthropology and Women’s, Gender, And Sexuality Studies.  The fund established in her name gives IRWGS graduate students an opportunity to pursue summer archival research and travel in support of their doctoral work through the Elaine Combs-Schilling Memorial Fellowship.


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