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Graduate Funding and Fellowships

Awards Internal to IU

The Department of Gender Studies offers a variety of fellowship and assistantship packages for graduate students on a competitive basis. Accepted students will receive packages consisting of five years of funding (through teaching assistantship monies and/or fellowship stipends), along with fee remission and health insurance. A number of students will also be eligible for university-wide fellowship competitions (the Department nominates candidates after reviewing applications). The level of support and the form of the package varies.

Your completed application serves as your request for these forms of funding - no additional forms are needed to apply. There are two exceptions. One is the Equal Opportunity Fellowship (EOF), a small grant for economically and/or socially underprivileged students. The second exception is the McNair fellowship (for graduates and undergraduates), which is generally available to those who were McNair scholars as undergraduates. A letter of support from the Director of the McNair Scholars Program on the student's undergraduate campus is required to document the student's status as a McNair Scholar.

Students who incorporate a foreign language as well as area or international/global studies into their planned doctoral work may be eligible for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The one-year stipend is $14,000, and the award also comes with fee remission. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Applications for these fellowships are submitted through specific area studies programs at IU (or IU's Center for the Study of Global Change). IU has a greater number of area studies programs than most universities. The deadline is February 1. For more information, please visit IU's FLAS web site, at

Eligible students are encouraged to apply for need-based financial aid. For information about need-based aid and student loans, and for more information about graduate student financial aid, visit this page link.

Note that various jobs are available on campus, including jobs and assistantships in other departments and centers.

External Awards

The Department strongly urges applicants to investigate external funding possibilities. Fellowships administered outside the University are often quite competitive but well worth the trouble: many of these awards are lucrative and multiyear. In addition, success in outside competitions only strengthens an application.

NOTE: application deadlines for external fellowships fall BEFORE Jan. 12th, which is the deadline for applications to our Ph.D. Program.

Here are two representative options:

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship

This fellowship is designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligible applicants: U.S. citizens or nationals who are planning careers in teaching and research at the college or university level

Eligible fields of study: open, for those in an interdisciplinary program
Award: tuition, fees, and $17,000/yr for three years
Application deadline: November 17

American Association of University Women International Fellowship

Eligible applicants: non-U.S. citizens (or holders of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the U.S.). Must be proficient in English, and intend to return to one's home country to pursue a professional career. Work should focus on women and/or girls (see web site for specifics). Also, must apply to doctoral program by December.

Eligible fields of study: open
Award: $20,000 for one year
Application deadline: December 1 (but check web site for updates)

The following web links may be of help in researching external funding possibilities for specific areas of study within our program

Gradgrants Center (this is available to current IU students only)
Council of Graduate Schools
American Association of University Women
Graduate School Grants for Women's Studies from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation

The Educational Opportunity Fellowship (EOF) is designed to enable promising students who are first generation college graduates (or have acute financial need) and who do not fare well in conventional competitions for graduate fellowships. Students who have attended marginally adequate or inadequate schools; who have been required to work excessively while attending school; or whose social and economic background make acquiring graduate education an unreasonably difficult enterprise are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship includes a stipend of $1,500 for a given academic year and a tuition reduction. The fellowship entitles nonresident students to pay tuition at the resident rate for up to a maximum or 12 credit hours per semester. A possible summer award includes a $350 stipend and 6 credit hours. Some EOF Fellows are granted stipends for a second year upon reapplication. However, in no case is EOF support available beyond a two-year period.

To be considered for an Equal Opportunity Fellowship, an individual must be:

  • first-generation college student (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree) or demonstrate acute financial need
  • of promising academic ability even though educational and/or economic background may have hampered preparation for graduate level work
  • admitted for or continuing with full-time graduate study at Indiana University at the master's or doctoral level; and
  • a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • By January 12, students should submit a completed EOF student application form to their graduate program. Forms are available at this web link.

    Also, please file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form ( Please do not delay filing a FAFSA beyond January 1.