JIWS Fellowships

JIWS Fellowship Details

The Journal of International Women’s Studies offers a fellowship competition twice per year. We usually have $1,600 in prize money that we divide among 2 to 3 winners each semester. In 2024, we are prioritizing proposals from African countries or from the Caribbean region. The guidelines for submission are as follows:

  • Write a 3-4 page essay, double spaced, 12 point font, that identifies the goals of the project, methodology for implementation, and qualifications for carrying out the project. Please also include a budget estimate: amount sought (between $300-1,200) and anticipated expense breakdown.
  • Please include a C.V.
  • The JIWS mission must be integral to the project. See our mission statement at https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/about.html
  • A condition for receiving the award is that the recipient must send the editors a report of the final outcome of the awarded project and submit an article, essay or other project-appropriate piece (video, art work, literary piece for example) for publication to the JIWS.
  • Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis and funds are distributed based on availability. We usually distribute funds twice yearly. To ensure consideration, submit by September 15th or by February 15th. (Awards are announced in December and May).
  • Please email all materials as attachments to .


2023-2024 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Niyathi Krishna, "On Labour, Label, and Law: A Narrative Study of Cyber Sex Workers in India"
  • Sharon Koshy, "Experiencing Care Economies: Gender, Transnational Families, and Development between Israel and Kerala"
  • Saad Ali Khan, "Pindi Boys: The Socio-cultural Production of Urban Masculinity in Contemporary Pakistan"

2022-2023 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Manal Al Natour, "Afghan Women Refugees at the Crossroad: Navigating Social Spaces from Crisis to Settlement"
  • Panchali Ray, "Intimate State Craft: Love-Jihad on the Borderlands of India"
  • Ipsita Pradhan, "'Salon at the Comfort of your Home!': Understanding Gendered Labour Practices in the Platform Economy"
  • V.K. Karthika, "Engendering an Endangered Art: Gender-based Vulnerability in Performing Pentholppavakkooth (Female Leather Shadow Puppetry)"

2021-2022 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Raka Banerjee, "Retracing her Footsteps: Locating Andaman 'Settler Women' in the Archive and in the Field"
  • Sayan Dey, Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. "The Role of Siddi Women within the Indigenous Spiritual Spaces of the Siddi Community in India: A Case Study on Women's Participation in Mai Misra Worship in Gujarat"
  • Ankita Rathour, Louisiana State University, Department of English. "Subaltern(ed) Corpses: The Dead Girl Trope in Bollywood and Indian Crime Fiction"
  • Gloria "Mama G" Simms, Maroon Indigenous Women's Circle, Charles Town Jamaica. "Art of the Body: Symbolism and Indigenous Maroon Cultures"
  • Humaira Zulfaqar, University of Punjab. "A Contextual Analysis of the Feminization of Poverty in Urban Slums of Pakistan"
  • Shalini Atri, Department of English, B.P.S Women's University. "Performing Ethnicities and Transformative Spaces: Defining Identities of Women Kathagayakas of Pandwani"
  • Priyanka Tripathi, Indian Institute of Technology Patna. "Re-storying Widowhood: The (In) Visible Lives of the Bastuhara Nari of Varanasi"
  • Ebru Demir, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Turkey; Irem Sengul, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Turkey; Bilge Sahin, Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, UK. "Bringing Together Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Toward an International Refugee Protection Regime in Turkey"

2020-2021 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Aleisha Ebrahimi, University College London, Faculty of Laws, PhD Candidate: "Reconceptualizing Gender Based Violence: the Spectrum of Domestic Abuse"

2019-2020 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Esita Sur, Assistant Professor in Political Science, Scottish Church College,Kolkata: “Reconceptualising the Muslim Women's Question in the Women's Movement in Bengal: Dynamics of Feminist Coalitions, Solidarity and Difference”
  • Ragini Upadhayay Grela, Artist/Former Chancellor of Arts, Nepal: “Overcoming Barriers for Women Artists in Asia”
  • Yamuna Ghale, Faculty of Agriculture, Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal: “The Representation of Women in State Structures: Success Stories from Nepal”

2018-2019 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Akilah Jaramogi, Co-Founder Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project: “A Dialogue for Forest Ecology and Sustainability: Protecting the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project”
  • Andrew B. Reid, JD, LLM., Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law: “Legal Dimensions of the Status of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas”
  • Dr. Adeela Rehman, Department of Gender Studies/Incharge Department of Sociology, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi Pakistan: “Are 'Still Unmarried' Women Deliberated as Leftovers in Pakistan? Experiences of Single Women and Their Families Facing Socio-Cultural Stigmas and Encounters”
  • Dr. Sayan Dey, Faculty of Humanities, Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan: “Voices of the Dead: A Socio-historical Documentary Research on the Untold Histories of the 'Scottish Women's Group' of Kolkata, Scottish Cemetery, Sealdah”
  • Akilah Jaramogi, Co-Founder Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project: “Merikin Maroon Awareness and Activism: Strategies for the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)”
  • Dr. Osituyo Oladapo Olufemi, Office of the Head of Service, Governor's Office, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria: “Preventing Violence against Girls and Women: Engaging Information and Communications Technology (ICT) For a Secure and Resourceful Livelihood amongst Ijebu Women in Isonyn, Nigeria.”
  • Honorable Fidelia Graand-Galon, Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Suriname: “Working toward Maroon Unity and Indigenous Status”

2017-2018 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Sayan Dey, Amity Institute of English Studies and Research, Amity University: “Dismantling Colonial Heteronormative (His)tories and establishing Decolonial Inter-racial (Her)stories: A Documentary Research on the Anglo-Indian Women of Bow Barracks, Calcutta”
  • Rachel Mulroy, Bridgewater State University Alumna, Anthropology Department: “From Glass Ceiling to Green Canopy: An Intersectional Model for Feminist, Afro-Caribbean Permaculture”
  • Natalie W. Romeri-Lewis, Brigham Young University & The WomanStats Project: “The Global, Gendered Truth Commission Dataset and Indices: Searching for Best Practices in Gender-Mainstreaming and Intersectionality-Mainstreaming Among 37 Truth Commissions to Improve Female Participation and Victim Outcomes Among all Three Phases of a Truth Commission: The Design, Operations, and Final Report Periods,” a project within the new Global Truth Commission Index Project

2016-2017 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Seyedehbehnaz Hosseini, PhD, Department of Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Vienna: “Women, Slavery in Iraq, and Forced Migration”
  • Caitlin McDonald, Master of Public Administration candidate, University of Utah: “Why Don’t They Ask for Help? Refugee Service Providers’ Perceptions of Needs and Best Practices related to the Mental Health of Resettled Refugee Women”
  • Dr. Okorie Nelson, Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria: “Sexual Violence and Rape Cases of Women in Nigeria: A Documentary Investigation”
  • Farhana Rahman, PhD Candidate, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge: “'Moral Crimes' in Afghanistan: Women, Violence, and the Construction of Gender Identity”
  • Gaama Gloria “MaMa G” Simms, Paramount Queen of the Maroons, Jamaica, Founder & Director of Maroon Indigenous Women Circle: awarded for the article series, “Maroon Indigenous Women Circle, Jamaica: Views/Reviews/Perspectives”
  • Madhavi Venkatesan, Assistant Professor, Economics; Consultant, Center for Economic Education; Faculty Fellow, External Affairs, Bridgewater State University: “Narrowing the Wage Gap: Using Data to Implement Policy”

2015-2016 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Shabana Shamaas Gul Khattak: “The War on Terror is a War on Women: The Impact of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism on Women’s Education in Swat, Khyber Pukhtunkhwah Pakistan”
  • Gloria Simms: with assistance in organizing the first “Maroon International and Indigenous Women’s Conference, Jamaica”

2014-15 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Norah Mwakio: “Education Access by the Girl Child in Kenya: Overcoming Obstacles”
  • Joshua A. Irizarry, Department of Anthropology, Bridgewater State University: “Gender, Age, and Religiosity in Japanese Sōtō Zen Goeika Music”
  • Naina Rao Athalye: “Girl Power: Governance and Leadership among Culturally Oppressed Dalit Girls in the Human Trafficking Area of North Karnataka”
  • Jihan M. Zakarriya Mahmoud: “Contrapuntal Readings of the Interaction between Politics and Gender Studies in Arab Academia”

2013-14 JIWS Fellowships:

  • Lomarsh Roopnarine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Caribbean and Latin American History, Jackson State University History Department: “East Indian Women Leadership During Indenture in British Guiana.”
  • Trevor G. Gates, Ph.D., LCSW, Assistant Professor Department of Social Work School of Education and Human Services College at Brockport, State University of New York: ”Heterosexism and Homophobia in Tbilisi: Social Workers’ Feminist and Gay-affirmative Practice Intentions.”

Seetha Menon
The 2012-2013 JIWS Fellowship was awarded to Seetha Menon for her proposal: “Quantifying the costs of Gendered Violence in India.” Seetha Menon is affiliated with the Institution of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex

Alexandra S. Guild
Winner of the JIWS Logo contest.

Sarah Feinbloom
The 2011-2012 JIWS Fellowship was awarded to Sarah Feinbloom for her proposal: “Filming Survival: Water, Gender and Biocultural Diversity.” Sarah Feinbloom is the founder of Sarafinaproductions: Media for Social Impact, a Media Company that builds hope, awareness and community by telling compelling stories.

Naveed S. Sheikh
The 2010-2011 JIWS Fellowship was awarded to Naveed S Sheikh for her proposal: “Feminism & Terrorism: Women’s Studies and the Global War on Terror Ten Years After 9/11.” Naveed is a Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University, United Kingdom.

Olivera Simic
The 2009-2010 JIWS Fellowship was awarded to Olivera Simic, LL.B, MA, LL.M, Doctoral Candidate at Melbourne Law School for “My Past and my Future: Women's reflections on the transitional justice processes in Bosnia and Serbia.”

Avant Strangel
The 2008-2009 JIWS Fellowship was awarded to Avant Strangel, Chair, Minority Caucus, Democrats Abroad–France for “Domestic Violence: Website Outreach, Education and Mobilization for Minority Women Ex-Patriots.”

Nurul Mustakim
The Third Annual JIWS Fellowship was awarded to Nurul Mustakim, Collective for Empowering Sasak Muslim Women in partnership with Dr. Bianca J. Smith, Islamic Research and Training Centre, Lombok, Eastern Indonesia “Literacy Training for Muslim Women in Lombok, Eastern Indonesia.”

Yeliz Kizilarslan
The Second Annual JIWS Fellowship was awarded to Yeliz Kizilarslan, a Turkish citizen, who will use the funds to travel to the region and interview the women and write their stories as “Maidenhood and Motherhood: Narratives from Kurdish Women of Diyerbakir”. On completion of her project, Yeliz will publish a version of her manuscript in the JIWS.

Joy Keshi Walker
The First Annual JIWS Fellowship in the amount of $300 was awarded to Joy Keshi Walker, to launch her non-profit organization in Nigeria to assist with education and prevention of Female Genital Mutilation.

Undergraduate Conference Presentation Fellowship details

The Journal of International Women's Studies offers an annual $300 fellowship competition for undergraduates who have already been accepted to present their work at conferences, to help defray the cost of attending. The application guidelines are as follows:

  • Write a 2-3 page essay, double spaced, 12-point font, describing the conference you plan to attend, a 250-word summary (abstract) of your paper, and how presenting will help you to achieve your personal and professional goals as a feminist thinker and scholar. The JIWS's feminist and gender studies mission must be integral to the presentation.
  • Include a screenshot or attachment of the email or letter indicating that you have been accepted to present at the conference.
  • Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis and funds are distributed based on availability.
  • Please email all materials as attachments to .
  • Post-conference, awardees will be invited to write a feminist reflection essay about their conference experience, or to submit the presentation itself for publication consideration in the Journal of International Women's Studies.


2022-2023 Undergraduate Conference Awardees

  • Natalia Downer (Major in Writing, Literature, and Publishing), Department of Literatures in English in the Faculty of Humanities, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
  • Kandice Thompson (Major in Literatures), Department of Literatures in English in the Faculty of Humanities, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
  • Aaliyah Lunan (Major in Writing, Literature, and Publishing), Department of Literatures in English in the Faculty of Humanities, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica