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Fellowships & Prizes

Annual SWG Prizes

The Jeanne McFarland and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prizes are awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender.

The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies is awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender for excellent work in queer studies.

The Meg Quigley Prize is awarded annually for the best work in SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender.



Papers are due by 10 am on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, by electronic submission to rsiegel@smith.edu. Items that cannot be submitted electronically may be submitted in hard copy to the program office, Seelye 207b.

Winners are notified by the Dean of the College in writing and are announced on Commencement weekend at Last Chapel and at Convocation in the fall.


Quigley Research Fellowship

Quigley fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to SWG majors in their junior year to enable majors to work one-on-one with SWG faculty. The paid research fellowships each enable majors to participate in ongoing or new projects as part of a faculty member’s research or development of SWG course materials.

Majors will learn valuable research tools that will prepare them for advanced work in seminars or to propose honors theses.

Each fellowship award is $1,000 paid research assistance (or about 100 hours) The fellowships are available only during the academic year, but may be either for a semester or for two semesters.  For example, a fellowship might require a commitment of 10 hours of work per week for a semester, or 5 hours a week for the academic year. Faculty proposals will identify their preferred time frame.

In early spring of their sophomore years, majors can apply for one or more of these fellowship opportunities, and rank their choices.



Call 585-3390, e-mail rsiegel@smith.edu or contact Carrie Baker