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WGS Faculty and Graduate Student Research Grants – Apply Now!

UMKC WGS Faculty and Graduate Student Research Grants

Guidelines – 2012


Women’s and Gender Studies offers research grants of up to $1,000 for WGS faculty and graduate student research initiatives with a Women’s and/or Gender Studies focus. For academic year 2011-12 WGS has a total of $3,000 to disburse.

Types of projects funded

Awards are granted for various types of research activities and research needs, including:

  • travel costs to research sites
  • presentation of original research at symposia/conferences
  • research equipment & supplies
  • duplication of archival materials (microfilm, DVD, xeroxes, etc.)*
  • literature to support a new project (including books, journals, etc.)*
  • compensation for research participants and research assistants  (for faculty)

*an itemized list is required to request monies for these purposes


WGS Research Grants are open to faculty who contribute to the WGS program and to graduate students whose research has a WGS focus.  Applicants can resubmit an unsuccessful proposal one time only.

For faculty, grant winners must wait two years from the end of their projects before applying for another WGS Research Grant.  For graduate students, grant winners must wait one year from the end of their projects before applying.  Successful student applicants will need to supply a departmental account number (excluding gifts and grants) to which the funds can be transferred.

Application Procedures

Applications should include three copies of the following:

  • application form
  • project abstract (no more than 250 words)
  • proposal & budget (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced) should include: a detailed explanation of the project, a statement of how this project fits into current and future research plans, a statement about the applicant’s contributions to the WGS program, a statement about the importance of the project for the enhancement of WGS at UMKC, a description of the anticipated outcome of the project (conference presentation, publication, etc.), and an itemized budget, detailing expenditures and a justification for those expenditures.
  • curriculum vitae

Graduate students must also submit a brief statement from a mentor that the project is viable and that the student is actively working on it (note that this does not need to be a full recommendation letter).

Application Deadline

Applications should be submitted to Dr. Linda Mitchell via email ( by Tuesday, April 10, 2012.  Awards will be announced in mid- to late April.   Click here to download the faculty application and guidelines or here for the graduate student application and guidelines (both files are in MS Word format).

Post Project

At the end of the project, the faculty member and the student are expected to do one or more of the following:

  • submit a one-page written report to the Director of WGS
  • provide a short oral report to the WGS faculty at the next regular meeting
  • give a formal presentation to WGS faculty/students.

WGS Research Grants Committee

The WGS Research Grants Committee for 2012 will be comprised of one (1) scholar from outside of UMKC and two (2) UMKC WGS faculty members who will review proposals and award the grants. The UMKC committee members will include either the Director of WGS or the Starr Professor and a previous WGS Research Grants winner. No critiques of proposals (successful or not) will be given by the Grants Committee.