Awards & Scholarships

Young Feminist Leadership Conference Travel Award

Each year the Women’s and Gender Studies Program makes available at least two student scholarships to cover the cost of attending the annual Young Feminist Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C. This conference is sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation and is focused upon a different theme each year. The conference provides an unprecedented opportunity for young feminists to get together to take on some of the most pressing gendered issues of our time. For more information about the conference, please see: http://feministcampus.org/conferences/.

Each scholarship covers the cost of a round trip airline ticket to Washington D.C., the cost of a shared hotel room, as well as a daily allowance for food and the cost of conference registration.

Eligibility criteria and required documentation:

The award is open to students who have declared a Women’s and Gender Studies major or minor.

In order to apply, please submit a 500-word or less statement describing why attending this conference is a meaningful opportunity to you. In your statement you may wish to focus upon the ways in which attending the conference will benefit you in terms of your personal and professional growth as well as the scholarly and/or socio-political contribution that you feel you will be able to make as a result of attending the conference and the most recent copy of your resume.

Please submit application materials to the main office of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program (see information at the bottom of the page). The deadline for applications is January 30, 2016 at 5pm.


Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference Travel Award

Each year the Women’s and Gender Studies Program makes available at least two student scholarships to cover the cost of attending the annual Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference held at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. CLPP's annual conference connects activists across the U.S. and internationally to build a stronger movement for reproductive justice and social change.  For more information about the conference, please see: http://clpp.hampshire.edu/conference-2016/conference

Each scholarship covers the cost of a round trip airline ticket to Amherst, MA, the cost of a shared hotel room, as well as a daily allowance for food and the cost of conference registration.

Eligibility criteria and required documentation:

The award is open to students who have declared a Women’s and Gender Studies major or minor.

In order to apply, please submit a 500-word or less statement describing why attending this conference is a meaningful opportunity to you. In your statement you may wish to focus upon the ways in which attending the conference will benefit you in terms of your personal and professional growth as well as the scholarly and/or socio-political contribution that you feel you will be able to make as a result of attending the conference and the most recent copy of your resume.

Please submit application materials to the main office of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program (see information at the bottom of the page). The deadline for applications is January 30, 2016 at 5pm.


Alice Mary Robertson Award©2003 Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc. and Mike Wimmer

The Alice Mary Robertson award was established to honor the memory of Alice Mary Robertson, Oklahoma's first female representative in the United States Congress.  The purpose of the award is to stimulate an interest among graduate students in the study and interpretation of the contributions made by women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma as well as to awaken the public to a greater appreciation of these contributions.  The Alice Mary Robertson Award is a one-time award to a graduate student whose creative activity and/or scholarly or archival research enhances the appreciation of these contributions.  One award of $1,000 will be made annually.  A committee will select the recipients during the spring semester, based on an evaluation of the creative or research activity.

The Award:

$1,000 award to recognize scholarly or creative activity enhancing the appreciation of the contributions made by women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma.

Eligibility Criteria:

Any graduate student currently enrolled at the University of Oklahoma or Tulsa campuses may submit an application for this award.

To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must:

1.  be a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma

2.  carry at least a 3.5 grade point average in all coursework for the degree

3.  have completed nine hours of course work

4.  be recommended for the award by two professors with whom coursework has been completed

5.  the endorsement and support of the graduate liaison or department chair

Application Process:

Application materials are due to the Women's and Gender Studies Program by March 23, 2015 at noon. Application packet must include:

1.  A copy of the student's graduate transcript

2.  A current copy of the applicant's curriculum vitae

3. A copy of the student's proposal or of their creative or research project.  This may include, but is not limited to, research papers, creative writing, visual and performing arts, etc.  These may be accompanied by a statement prepared by the applicant describing the significance of the submission for enhancing the appreciation of the contributions made by the women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma. The statement must be readable by an interdisciplinary audience.

4.  Reference letters prepared by two professors with whom the applicant has completed coursework.  These letters should speak to the significance of the project for enhancing the appreciation of the contributions made by women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma.

5.  An endorsement signature of the applicant's graduate liaison or department chair.

Selection Process:

A committee selected from members of the Women's and Gender Studies faculty will review the applications immediately following the deadline and recommend recipients to the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.  The recipient will be notified by April 15th and will be included in the Women's and Gender Studies Program student recognition and awards ceremony held annually.

Please submit application materials to the main office of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program (see information at the bottom of the page). The deadline for applications is March 30, 2016 at 5pm.


Applications may be mailed to the WGS Office:

Women's and Gender Studies Program
633 Elm Ave, Robertson 101
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
Phone: (405) 325-3481
Fax: (405) 325-3573
Email: wgs@ou.edu