Travel and Conference Awards

In order to encourage Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies students (both undergraduate and graduate students) to attend interdisciplinary events, to present their research at academic or professional conferences, and to take part in special projects where they can deepen their feminist education, the program offers travel and research funding each year.  A limited number of grants of up to $500 each (based on reimbursable expenses as specified by the university) are available to students twice a year. To apply students should complete the online Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Travel Award application that details the purpose of the travel, its educational importance and a budget.  The Fall deadline is October 1 (for travel November through May) and the Summer deadline is May 1 (for travel June through October).  Awards are not given outside of the established cycles.  With limited funds, preference is given to Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies majors/minors/certificate students.

It is critical that you review the Human Subjects protocol to determine if your project needs review; this includes research projects that involve interviewing individuals.  Contact 684-3030 or for additional information and assistance.

Please note that you are required to review the University Travel Policy and complete the online Travel Registration Form prior to your actual travel. Please confirm your completion of the Registration form by forwarding the confirmation email you receive after you process the form to

Named Awards

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies administers a variety of awards and grants of up to $1500 each to currently enrolled Duke students in recognition of outstanding scholarship and research. The awards have been generously endowed through the Council on Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, alumnae/i, and friends.  Please call (919) 684-5683 if you need additional information.  Be sure to read the specific requirements for each award by clicking on the name below as well as complete the online Named Awards application.

The Ernestine Friedl Research Award  is given to an advanced graduate student whose dissertation explores the cultural, social, and biological construction of gender.

The Gender and Race Award
is given to undergraduate and graduate students whose projects promotes scholarly exploration and research on topics of gender and race.

The Dora Anne Little Award
is given to a Duke student at the undergraduate or graduate level, who has excelled in service to the campus and community which extends beyond the classroom. Students can self-nominate or be nominated for this award.

The Anne McDougall Memorial Award
is given  to a Duke woman undergraduate or graduate student who pursues areas of human service by studying psychology and related fields. Preference is given to returning women students.

The Anne Firor Scott Award
This award, administered by the History Department, is to enable access to archives and resource centers where students can use original historical materials. This award is specifically for students engaged in research in women's history, Please contact the History Department for more information.



Click here to apply on-line


October 1 (for travel Nov through May) 

May 11 (for travel June through Oct)

DEADLINE EXTENDED!! for Undergraduates

If you are engaging in international travel you must read and register here:  

Contact for additional information.


Be sure to read the specific requirements for each award by clicking on the award name (see text left)  as well as complete the online Named Awards application. To access the application, you must click on the individual award link.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2016



The Graduate School maintains an extensive website with information on Fellowships and Research.

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