Mary Washburn Willets Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences

This award recognizes an outstanding Ph.D. student in the social sciences working in the area of gender/women’s studies. It is named in honor of Mary Washburn Willets (1629-1713), who was a prominent Quaker Minister in Long Island. She gave public testimony, held meetings in her house and remained faithful to her beliefs despite public and private persecution.

How to Apply
Faculty may nominate University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students who meet the criteria listed below by writing a brief letter of nomination, enclosing a CV and copy of the student’s relevant written work (e.g. class papers, research or dissertation proposals). The Center for Research on Gender and Women administers the program on behalf of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.

Conditions of Award

  1. Must be a Ph.D. student who have been admitted to candidacy in the social sciences. Preference will be given to those who have completed an Option A or B minor or a graduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies.
  2. Dissertation topic to be relevant to gender/women’s studies in some area of the social sciences (e.g. anthropology, psychology, economics, history, geography, political science, sociology).

Selection to be made on the basis of excellence in academic work as evident in classwork, papers, etc. This is not intended as a teaching award.

For more information about this scholarship, please visit the program site

Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a Ph.D. student who has been admitted to candidacy? If no, please do not go any further.
  2. Have you completed a minor or graduate certificate in Gender and Women's Studies? (preferred, not required)
  3. Please upload your resumé.
  4. Please provide a copy of your dissertation proposal, double spaced, 1,500 – 2,000 words. Pdf is the preferred document type.
  5. Please provide the name of the faculty member who nominated you for this scholarship award. (GWS)
  6. Please provide the names and contact information for two professors who can serve as references.
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