Graduate Student Fellowship

Center for Women at Emory Graduate Fellow 

Information Session: February 2 from 1pm to 2pm at the Center for Women.

3rd Floor, Cox Hall (in the back).

Deadline: February 27, 2015 

The Center for Women at Emory (CWE) will support one advanced graduate student for academic year 2015-2016. The CWE Graduate Fellowship provides an opportunity for graduate students to put theory and research “into practice” in a very hands-on, practical way.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship will be particularly attractive to those interested in:

  • learning how universities work
  • mentoring undergraduate women
  • working to increase faculty diversity
  • learning how to produce academic and educational programs
  • gaining skills crucial to future positions in university administration (from directing a center to chairing a department)

The CWE provides opportunities for the critical exploration of local, national, and global gender issues. We also advocate for gender equity throughout the university and provide feminist leadership development opportunities for students. Through our many initiatives, we offer education on gender issues, support public scholarship and engaged learning, and provide a platform for women's voices and experiences to be heard.

Fellows work at the CWE 20 hours per week and are assigned a variety of tasks and projects. Fellows may also have opportunities to pursue their own interests in relation to Center’s mission by developing their own events and programs. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: advising and assisting student groups associated with the CWE; serving as a mentor to other students; organizing educational programs; assisting with university community and diversity initiatives related to issues such as faculty diversity and the nondiscrimination policy; completing research projects; performing administrative/clerical work; collaborating with and assisting other CWE staff and students; and participating in CWE programs. We require a fellow who has strong interpersonal and written communication skills, is well organized and detail oriented, has interest in and knowledge of gender issues, and is computer literate. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods and/or web design and graphic arts capabilities.

This is a nine-month fellowship carrying a stipend of $18,500. The recipient will also receive the health insurance subsidy from the Graduate School for the academic year. The fellowship will run from September 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. The fellow is also required to attend 16 hours of training in August. The training session schedule is flexible and will be determined in conjunction with the fellow.


"The CWE taught me a lot about how to build relationships and build community, especially through personal outreach, and I use those skills on a regular basis in my current position. The CWE fellowship was the first position I held at Emory in which I felt I learned the meaning of the word 'professionalization.' My experience as a CWE fellow helped me learn to present myself as a working professional, not simply as a graduate student or a fledgling college professor."- former CWE Fellow

"Working at the CWE helped me to connect the feminist and queer theory I was reading and writing about to the way that gender and sexuality inform people's lived experiences outside of the context of scholarship. This relationship has informed my commitment to producing scholarship that is relevant to contemporary social problems, movements, and relations. The financial support that the CWE fellowship provided and the flexibility of hours to do research and writing were instrumental in helping me to progress towards the completion of my dissertation."
- former CWE Fellow

"It is a fellowship that is especially well-suited to graduate students who are considering careers outside of the professorship track, and I fear there are fewer and fewer of those available despite increasing need for them. I also think that it provides a unique space for graduate students with an interest in gender issues to experience what engaging with those issues looks like ‘on the ground’ in people's lives."
- former CWE fellow


To be considered for the fellowship, applicants must:

  • be full time students in a doctoral program, in good standing both in the Laney Graduate School and in their program.
  • be in candidacy at the time of application.
  • be in their 7th or earlier year of graduate study at the time of application. While students in their 7th year are eligible to apply for the fellowship, preference will be given to students in their 5th or 6th year who show that they are likely to complete their dissertations during the fellowship year.
  • not have held an Emory completion fellowship in a previous year.

When applicable, the CWE Graduate Fellowship replaces other graduate school stipends and scholarship funding a student may have been scheduled to receive for the fellowship year, and the eligibility for that other funding cannot be “banked” to be used in a subsequent year. Fellows may not undertake other teaching opportunities at Emory or elsewhere. Fellows are eligible for Professional Development Support funds. Fellows who receive offers for other awards should contact the Laney Graduate School to determine whether the two awards may be held concurrently.

Application Materials

1) Graduate School Fellowship Cover Sheet, posted on the graduate school website.

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Emory transcript (A copy of an unofficial transcript issued to the student is acceptable.)

4) Statement of interest regarding working at the Center for Women, including experience working on gender issues as a scholar, teacher, volunteer, and/or activist.

5) Letter of support from the dissertation advisor. In addition to addressing the candidate’s suitability for this specific fellowship, the letter should address the candidate’s progress to date on their dissertation, and assess the likelihood that the candidate will complete the dissertation during the fellowship year.

Submit application materials no later than 5 p.m., February 27, 2015 via email in one single PDF file to or in person to the Center for Women, Cox Hall, 3rd Floor, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322.