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The Women and Gender Summer Fellowship Program (WAGSFP) provides a stipend for UM or Michigan Community College students to conduct cutting edge research with a University of Michigan faculty member for 10 weeks. Those who are not UM students, nor Michigan Community College students, may apply if they have the financial support of their home institution or are self-supporting. The community of scholars who participate in WAGSFP will also engage in programming throughout the summer in addition to their research. Students will participate in seminars to learn more about current and emerging research in women and gender studies, read and share articles related to research in women and gender studies, learn how to publish their research and engage in other professional development activities. At the end of the 10 weeks, fellows are required to present their research project at the UROP Summer Research Symposium.
This program is funded by a generous gift from the Riecker Foundation in collaboration with the Center for the Education of Women.
Projects are welcome in a wide variety of areas including: women’s cancers (ovarian, endometrial, etc.), gender and sexuality, queer studies, third world feminism, cultural representation and literature, women and labor, feminist theory, immigration and citizenship, and social activism. Research projects can be in any field or discipline including laboratory and clinical research studies related to maternal health, genetic research related to diseases affecting women such as breast and ovarian cancer, genetic screening, health care disparities related to women or LGBTQ populations, women and gender studies including work in history, American culture, global studies, anthropology, psychology, political science, public policy, economics, literature, etc. WAGSFP Fellows are matched with a project in our database (submitted by UM faculty, research scientists, and postdoctoral fellows) according to their interests.
Stipend Award: $2000-$4000 (number of hours per week 20-40)
Fellowship Dates: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - Friday, August 3, 2018
Application Deadline: The 2018 application period has ended.
For an application to be considered for review, the following requirements must be met:
- Online Application Form
- Personal Statement
- Research Proposal
- 1 Letter of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts
- Blank application for your reference
If you would like an application link that allows you to save and continue your progress, please request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students applying should be one of the following:
- Applicants must have already graduated from High School (or earned a GED).
- Applicants must be a currently enrolled student at the UM or at a Michigan community college. (Others may apply if they have financial support from their home institution or are self-funded.)
- All gender identities are welcome to apply. WAGSFP is not just for women.
- Note to International Students currently in the U.S.: Because these fellowships come with a stipend, it is important for any F-1 or J-1 status holders to obtain authorization through F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT) to be able to participate. Please consult with your Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at your institution to verify CPT/AT eligibility, requirements, and application procedures.
WAGSFP Contact Information
For more information please email us at: email@example.com
March 9, 2018 - Early Decision Deadline
March 16, 2018 - Early Decision Letters of Recommendation Deadline
Early April- Admissions Decisions
April 23, 2018 - Project Search/Interviewing Process if necessary
May - August
May 30, 2018 - Orientation
May 30 - August 3 - Summer Fellowship
The Summer Fellowship typically begins in late May and ends in early August (actual program dates are updated online). Information on research work hours and stipends can be found below.
Hours and Stipend:
Research fellows receive a $2,000-4,000 stipend depending upon their level of participation in the program (approximately 200-400 hours total over 10 weeks).
Students from Other Institutions:
Funding is not guaranteed for fellows who are not currently enrolled at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor and will need to be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding funding for non-UM participants.
Please see “WAGSFP Eligibility” for more information.
Please Note: Stipends will be prorated for fellows unable to complete the agreed-upon hours in the time allotted.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is this a paid summer fellowship? Yes- please see the “WAGSFP Compensation” section above for information, details, and disclaimers.
2. Can men apply? Yes! All gender identities and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply to WAGSFP.
3. Can International students apply? Yes. However, please note that because these fellowships come with a stipend, it is important for any F-1 or J-1 status holders to obtain authorization through F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT) to be able to participate. Please consult with your Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at your institution to verify CPT/AT eligibility, requirements, and application procedures.
4. How long is the summer fellowship? The summer fellowship is 10 weeks long and runs from Wed., May 30th, 2018 through Fri., August 3rd, 2018.
5. Does the fellowship provide parking on campus? Due to parking restrictions, UROP is unable to cover on-campus parking for fellows. However, UROP will work with students to find accessible commuter parking lots and access to free public and university transportation.
6. What fields are available for the summer fellowship? Research projects are available in ALL fields so long as the project is related to women and gender studies.
7. When is the Recommendation Deadline? Your recommenders have one week after the regular deadline to submit their letter of recommendation. Once you submit your application, on which you include your recommender's contact information, they will receive an automated email from WAGSFP requesting their letter.
8. Can I take summer classes and participate in the summer fellowship?Yes. However, we strongly discourage you to take summer classes and do research. The stipend and programmatic structure of this summer fellowship may affect your financial aid and other criteria. Additionally, the summer fellowship and the program require a significant amount of time commitment.
Past Research Project Examples
“Identifying Learning Outcomes for a Reproductive Justice Curriculum for physicia”
“University Responses to Sexual Assault on Campus”
“Social Position, Childbearing, Contraceptive Use, and the Economy”
“Biomaterials for fertility preservation”
“Three-dimensional ovarian follicle culture”
“Parental Decision Making For Children Born With Disorders of Sex Development”
“Using the Web to Enhance Healthcare in Differences of Sex Development”
“Assisted Reproduction for HIV-Affected Couples in Kenya: Current Practices”
“Community-based Sexual Health Project in Detroit”
“Estrogen and Human Affective, Behavioral, and Cognitive Sex Differences”
“Women of Color and Asthma Control Study”
For more information, please email us at email@example.com.
To learn more about what it is like to be a WAGSFP summer fellow, please check out the WAGSFP Blog below.