Each year, the Graduate Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to one to three outstanding Stanford doctoral students who are engaged in research on women or gender. Fellowships provide financial support for top gender scholars as they complete their dissertations, while encouraging interdisciplinary connections for their research. Clayman GDFs teach or TA a course in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, have offices at the Clayman Institute and participate in the intellectual life of the Clayman Institute. They also take part in the Graduate Voice and Influence Program.
Current Clayman Institute GDFs are (pictured above) Emily Carian, sociology; Mariana Castrellon, law; and Taylor Orth, sociology. GDFs often tell us their fellowship enhanced their time at Stanford. Former GDF Fiona Lee wrote:
“I rarely had opportunities to collaborate with researchers outside of my own discipline. The Clayman Institute was a hub for enthusiastic gender scholars from diverse fields. As a Graduate Dissertation Fellow, I attended faculty research talks and meetings and interacted with researchers affiliated with the [Institute]. From these experiences, I gained perspectives and connections that I could not get from elsewhere.”
Recent GDF graduates have followed diverse professional paths. Following are examples of where a few former GDFs are today:
The GDF program has supported these and so many other scholars. They expand their gender knowledge, and their professional skills and networks, to go on to succeed and be agents of change in their careers. The fellows are central to our mission of educating the next generation of gender scholars and feminist leaders.
During their time as Clayman Institute GDFs, fellows not only deepen their gender research skills, but also find their public voices.
Applications currently are being accepted for the next Graduate Dissertation Fellows, and are due Feb. 7, 2019. Learn more about applying to become a GDF.