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WGS Graduate Research Grant Applications Now Available


Women’s and Gender Studies offers research or travel grants of up to $750 for graduate student research initiatives or conference presentations with a Women’s and/or Gender Studies focus. For the 2013 fall semester, WGS has a total of $3,000 to disburse. Please note that applications for graduate student research grants will ONLY be accepted in Fall 2013.

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, photocopies, etc.)*
  • literature to support a new project (including theses, dissertations, journal articles, etc.)*

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


WGS Research Grants are open to graduate students whose research has a WGS focus. Applicants can resubmit an unsuccessful proposal one time only. Grant winners must wait one year from the end of their projects before applying for another WGS Research Grant. Successful 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 the following:

  1. application form
  2. project abstract (no more than 250 words)
  3. 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 importance of the project for the enhancement of WGS at UMKC
  • a description of the anticipated outcome of the project (conference presentation, publication, etc)
  • an itemized budget, detailing expenditures and a justification for those expenditures. Note that students are also encouraged to seek matching funds from their departments or other sources.
  • Note that the System per diem is $42/day [$21/day for fewer than 12 hours] and that mileage should be calculated at the university rate of $.525 per mile. More information on System reimbursement policies can be found at: 
  1. curriculum vitae
  2. 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. Brenda Bethman via email ( by Friday, November 2, 2013. Awards will be announced in mid- to late November. Monies can used for projects that will take place between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.

Post Project

At the end of the project, the  student is 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.

Review Process

The WGS Graduate Research Grants for Fall 2013 will be the Director of WGS and a member of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program Review Committee. No critiques of proposals (successful or not) will be provided.