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Faculty Research Grants

The Feminist Research Institute is now accepting applications for Faculty Research Grants. These annual small grants are intended as “seed money” to support feminist research or projects focused on the study of gender and/or sexuality. They are not intended to support conference travel. Proposals for interdisciplinary projects are particularly welcome, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply.  Only full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty are eligible. The maximum grant amount is $1,500.

Proposals for research about or in collaboration with women outside the United States will be considered for the Susan Geiger award, which is given in memory of 1997 Feminist Research Institute Visiting Scholar and University of Minnesota Professor Susan Geiger.

Applications are due April 1 each spring semester. Please submit the materials listed below electronically as PDF files or .doc Word files to If you have questions please e-mail Anita Obermeier at or call 277-1198.

Applicants should submit the following materials in a single computer file (.doc/x or .pdf, please):

    A cover page with current contact information including department affiliation, campus mail address, e-mail address, and office telephone number (if applicable)
    A 2-to-3 page proposal (single-spaced, 12-point type)
    A brief CV
    A detailed budget

Funds may be requested for research trips, supplies, graduate assistant stipends or other research expenses.  Grants cannot cover stipends for applicants.  Grant money should be used in the summer, and must be spent before December 31 of the application year. Each awardee will be asked to give a public talk on his or her research during the following academic year. For more information, please contact Anita Obermeier at
Award Recipients

Cathleen Cahill, “Making, Marketing, & Buying Baskets: Women’s Economic and Intercultural Networks of Exchange in Northern California.”
Pamela Cheek, “The Gender of Cosmopolitanism:  Women Writers and their Heroines Abroad, 1769-1810.”

Brian Herrera, “Latin Explosion: Latinos, Racial Formation and Twentieth Century U.S. Popular Performance”
Juan Pablo Micozzi, "The More Women at Work, the Sooner We Win? Gender Quotas and Legislative Productivity in the Argentine Congress"

Kathleen Washburn, “Gertrude Bonnin, Literary Reform, and Writing Modern Indians”
Karen Foss, “Fertility Tourism: The Commodification of Human Reproduction”

Amy Brandzel, “Refugee in ‘America’: Gendered Scripts and Colonial Feminism in U.S. Refugee Law”
Glenda Balas and Jan Scheutz, “Facing Down the Odds: Women Pioneers in Communication”
Patricia Covarrubias, “New Identities: Danish Women as Muslims”
Gail Houston, “Envisioning Nineteenth-Century British Women’s Radical Spirituality"

Bárbara Reyes, “Latina Leadership in Mainstream Politics, Civil Rights or Civic Duty: Graciela Olivarez’s Life and Public Service”
Kathryn McKnight, "Afro-Latino Voices: Narratives from the Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic World, 1552-1808."
Ziarat Hossain, “A Developmental-Contextual Approach to Understanding Mothers’ and Fathers’ Involvement with Children and Its Relationship to Children’s Academic Achievement and Social Development in Mexican Immigrant Families”

Carmen Nocentelli, "Islands of Love: Europe, 'India,' and Interracial Romance, 1572-1673"

Alex Lubin, "Intimate Enemies: The Politics of Marriage and Demography in the Israel-Palestine Conflict"
Liz Hutchison, “My Walking Archives: Oral and Archival Research on the History of Chilean Domestic Service”

Melissa Axelrod, “Linguistic Ethnography of the Ixil Mayans of Guatamala”
Anita Obermeier, Assistant Professor, “Seed, Sex, Superiority: Medieval Concepts of Fertility and Sterility”
Rebecca Schreiber, “Exile, Post-Nationalism and the Politics of Frm in the Work of Elizabeth Catlett”

Barbara Reyes, “Women and 19th century California Missions”
Glenda Balas, “Enhancing Internality and Self Awareness among Girls in Roosevelt County, NM”
Gary Scharnhorst, “Biography of Kate Field”