Monday, November 17, 2008

Women's Studies Program Student Research Funding

Student Research Fund


The competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at
the University of Pittsburgh engaged in research related to the study of
women, gender, and/or sexuality. The number of projects funded and the
amount of funding vary each year depending on donations to the program.
Awards of up to $1000 made to support travel expenses, secretarial costs,
research materials, or other direct costs related to research. Travel
must be arranged through the Women's Studies Program; all other costs will
be reimbursed on the basis of receipts.

Strong priority will be given to individuals who have not received Women's
Studies funding in the past and to students officially enrolled in the
Women's Studies Certificate Program who have made significant progress
toward their certificate requirements. Preference will be given to
proposals with a clear research rationale that effectively address readers
beyond the projects' home discipline and that actively engage and
contribute to Women's Studies or Gender Studies scholarship. Upon
completion of the research, students will be asked to present their
findings to the Women's Studies community through a brownbag presentation.

The research proposal must be typewritten, double-spaced, and should be no
longer than 6 pages (exclusive of items 1, 2, and 8). Submit four copies
of items 1-7 the following items in this order:

1. Cover Page (available online)

2. Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume

3. Project Description Summary (2 pages): Outline the underlying
theory of the project, the research questions being asked, the specific
issues being investigated, and a statement of your project's relevance to
women's studies or gender studies.

4. Research Methodology (no more than 1 page): Include a brief
review of previous research and a discussion of methods to be used in this
research. If human subjects approval is necessary for you to conduct this
research, you must provide evidence of IRB approval with your application.

5. Bibliography (no more than 1 page): Emphasize the most pertinent
sources of research.

6. Project Timetable (no more than 1 page): Summarize the sequential
stages of the research and indicating a proposed date for the completion
of each step.

7. Itemized Budget (no more than 1 page): Detail how you plan to use
the funds requested and how the funds will contribute to your research
(with line items for travel, research materials, secretarial costs,
copying, photography, and any other direct costs).

8. Letter of Reference: The application packet must include a letter
of reference from a faculty member familiar with the student's work and
project. The letter must be in a sealed envelope, signed by the faculty


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