Student funding
Student funding

The Women’s & Gender Studies program provides multiple opportunities for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to achieve excellence.

For additional funding opportunities, please also visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the College of Arts and Sciences' student funding web page.

Undergraduate

Dr. Christine Black Scholarship

The Dr. Christine Black Scholarship recognizes the importance of supporting undergraduate Womens and Gender Studies students in their academic studies and acknowledges the potential contributions WGS students make to the WGS program, the campus, and the wider community. Two $2,000 scholarships are given to Women’s & Gender Studies undergraduate majors for the upcoming academic year ($1,000 per semester).

The scholarships are awarded at the Womens and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May. Winners are notified ahead of time so they can be present.

Eligibility

  • WGS major
  • Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior standing
  • GPA of at least 3.0 (cumulative)
  • Preference will be given to those with financial need
  • Previous scholarship winners can reapply

How to apply

By February 1:

  • Apply through the Application link -- AND --
  • Complete the Scholarship Application available through MyRED (located under the Financial Aid tab). This is the combined Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and College of Arts and Sciences application.
  • To be eligible, BOTH must be submitted by the deadline.

Application  MyRed

Undergraduate

Womens and Gender Studies Outstanding Achievement Award

This award of $400 is given to an undergraduate student who has done outstanding work in Women’s and Gender Studies at Nebraska during the last two completed semesters. This award recognizes contributions to Women’s and Gender Studies within an academic, activist, and community framework.

Students should show evidence of contributions to the campus and/or wider community as well as academic work. Submissions might include evidence of campus or community activism, internships on campus or in the community, and/or unpublished term papers, projects, or creative work. In the case of a tie, the award will be divided evenly.

The award is presented at the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May. The winner is notified ahead of time so they can be present.

Eligibility

  • WGS major or minor
  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Completed 12 hours of Women’s and Gender Studies courses at UNL
  • Demonstrated outstanding work in Women’s and Gender Studies including research projects, creative works, contributions to the WGS Program, and/or campus/community service

How to apply

By February 1:

Apply through the link below.

Application

Undergraduate

Melba Cope Scholarship

The Melba Cope Scholarship recognizes the importance of supporting undergraduate Women's and Gender Studies students in their scholarship and acknowledges the contributions WGS students make to the WGS program, the campus, and the wider community. One $200 scholarship is given to a Women’s & Gender Studies undergraduate major for the upcoming academic year ($100 per semester).

This scholarship is presented at the Womens and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May. The winner is notified ahead of time so they can be present.

Eligibility

  • Full-time WGS major
  • Junior standing
  • 9 hours of Women’s and Gender Studies courses completed
  • Demonstrated outstanding work in Women’s and Gender Studies, including research projects, creative works, contributions to the WGS Program, and/or campus/community service
  • Preference will be given to those with financial need
  • Previous scholarship winners can reapply
How to apply

By February 1:

    • Apply through the Application link -- AND --
    • Complete the Scholarship Application available through MyRED (located under the Financial Aid tab). This is the combined Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid and College of Arts and Sciences application.
    • To be eligible, BOTH must be submitted by the deadline.

Application   MyRed

Undergraduate

Karen Dunning Scholarly Paper/Creative Activity Award

This $300 award is presented to one undergraduate student on the basis of their projects relevance to Women’s and Gender Studies, quality of the work, originality, and potential impact. 

The award is presented at the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May. The winner is notified ahead of time so they can be present.

Eligibility

  • Currently registered at UNL
  • Does not need to be a WGS major or minor
  • One submission per applicant

Judging Criteria for Karen Dunning Award

Each submitted project will be evaluated by:

  1. Relevance to Women’s and Gender Studies: Although many projects will be situated within the context of a discipline other than WGS, gender should be a central construct of the project that is addressed in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
  2. Quality of the Work: The projects should reflect high quality work, taking into account the students' discipline and educational level (e.g., graduate v. undergraduate).

How to apply

By February 1:

Apply through the link below. When uploading your creative/scholarly project, please remove your name from the document to ensure anonymity.

Application

Undergraduate

The Drs. Crompton & Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship

A scholarship through the NU Foundation Crompton & Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship Fund is available through Student Involvement’s LGBTQA+ Resource Center at Nebraska. The award encourages continuing education through financial support to LGBTQA students at Nebraska. The $1,500 scholarship is split evenly between fall and spring semesters.

Contact

LGBTQA+ Resource Center, (402) 472-1652.

 apply

Apply through the link below:

Application

Undergraduate

The Leta Stetter Hollingworth Fellowship

For University of Nebraska students who go to Columbia University for their Graduate Studies.

Eligibility

  • Graduate students at Columbia
  • Preferably, but not necessarily, women graduating or graduated from the University of Nebraska

How to apply

Documentation:

  • A copy of the students transcript from the University of Nebraska
  • A letter of reference from a faculty member of the University of Nebraska

Columbia's website

Graduate

Karen Dunning Scholarly Paper/Creative Activity Award

This $300 award is presented to one graduate student on the basis of their projects relevance to Women’s and Gender Studies, quality of the work, originality, and potential impact.

The award is presented at the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May. The winner is notified ahead of time so they can be present.

Eligibility

  • Currently registered at UNL
  • Does not need to be a WGS graduate specialization/minor student
  • One submission per applicant

Judging Criteria

Each submitted project will be evaluated by:

  1. Relevance to Women’s and Gender Studies: Although many projects will be situated within the context of a discipline other than WGS, gender should be a central construct of the project that is addressed in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
  2. Quality of the Work: The projects should reflect high quality work, taking into account the students' discipline and educational level (e.g., graduate v. undergraduate).

How to apply

By February 1:

Apply through the link below. When uploading your creative/scholarly project, please remove your name from the document to ensure anonymity.

Application

Graduate

Graduate Student Travel & Research Award

NOTE: Applications available beginning SPRING 2022!

Each semester, the Women's & Gender Studies program supports WGS graduate students with a one-time award of $300. This can be used to fund expenses related to a WGS-related conference presentation or costs incurred when completing a thesis or dissertation on a WGS-related theme.

Up to five graduate students can receive funding each academic year—three in the fall, two in the spring. Remaining funds, if any, will be rolled over for the next academic year.

When used for travel, students must do their Concur authorization request before their trip. To make your Concur appointment, or if you have questions about your research expenses, please contact the WGS Finance Coordinator Robert Hart at rhart8@unl.edu.

Process

Once your application has been approved, the WGS Administrative Technician, Amy Peterson, will contact you regarding the reimbursement process. If the conference has already occurred at the time of application, keep in mind that reimbursement requests must be received no later than 60 days after the final day on which expenses were incurred. Please plan accordingly.

How to apply

By October 1 for fall or March 1 for spring, submit:

  • The WGS Graduate Student Travel Award Application.
  • A pre-travel authorization request through Concur before traveling.

Application