Smalley Fellowship

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Smalley Fellowship

Spring and Summer 2017

The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies will award a Graduate Research Fellowship in the amount of $12,000 for the period of January 15 to June 30, 2017.  The fellowship carries a tuition and fee waiver. 

The recipient of the Smalley Fellowship in Gender and Women’s Studies must be:

1) A Ph.D. student in good standing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours for spring and 4 hours for Summer II.

2) A graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies.

3) Currently working on a dissertation which shows promise of making an important and original contribution to the field of Gender, Women’s, and/or Sexuality Studies.

Preference will be given to applicants who are ABD and who are in enrolled LAS Programs, but students from other colleges are eligible to apply.

The recipient of the Smalley Fellowship will give a public lecture based on her/his dissertation research.


Deadline: November 1

Guidelines For Applications

The 2016 Smalley recipient is Jean Y. Lee, for her proposal“Kala Pani Discourse, JahajiBhain Poetics and Double Diasporas.”

Past Recipients

2009  Natalie Havlin, Department of English.  “Cultures of Migration: Race, Kinship and Coloniality in U.S. Print and Visual Culture, 1927-1939.” 

2010  Chamara Kwakye, Educational Policy Studies, “Loud Silence: Learning to Read, Learning to Speak. Life Histories of Black Women in the Academy.” 

2011  Reshmi Mukherjee, Comparative and World Literatures, ’Who Speaks for, with and to Me?’ Subalterneity, Agency, and the Politics of Representation in Postcolonial Women Writers. 

2012   Peter Campbell, Department of Communication, “Queer Epistemologies of Process and Equality: Judicial Fourteenth Amendment Arguments and the Production of Queer Subjects Before the Law.”

2013   Megan Condis, Department of English, “The Politics of Gamers:  Bodies and Identities in the Age of Digital Media.”

2014 Dominique C. Hill, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, "Transgressngroove: An Exploration of Black Girlhood, The Body, and Education."

2015 Melissa Villa-Nicholas, Library and Information Science,“Towards a Critical Latina Technology and Information Studies: Latinas in the Bell System, 1973-1984”

2016 Jean Lee, Department of English, "Kala Pani Discourse, Jahaji-Bhain Poetrics and Double Diasporas"

2017 Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza, Anthropology, "The Promise of Intimacy: Gay Filipinos on Mobile Phone Apps in Manial and Los Angeles"