Gender Policy Report Summer Fellowship

One Gender Policy Report Summer Fellowship will be available to eligible Humphrey School students in 2021. The fellowship is a $4,000 award that will be paid during the summer. 


The Gender Policy Report offers diverse perspectives on how public policy matters for gender equality, gender equity, and constructions of gender itself. Through an active blog and social media presence, we seek to improve public discourse and inform policy debates on issues with national relevance. Our mission is to take the best insights from scholarship and research and make them accessible to the public in a way that is timely for addressing serious policy challenges. We are committed to an intersectional focus on the ways gender interacts with other dimensions of inequality, such as race, indigeneity, class, sexuality, and disability. 

A major benefit of this fellowship is the opportunity for students to consider ways to communicate research findings to broader audiences and shape policy discussions, in collaboration with a faculty mentor. For the fellowship, students must apply to work with a Gender Policy Report faculty curator on a project to translate and transmit analysis on key areas of gender policy, including: 

  • Built and Natural Environment
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Rights, Development, and Security
  • Immigration and Refugees
  • Labor, Family, and Economic Security
  • Leadership and Representation
  • Violence
  • Gender, Race, and Place in Minnesota

Fellows are expected to produce two blog posts for the Gender Policy Report website during the summer or early fall. These may be co-authored with the faculty curator. (Examples of previous posts authored by fellows include California’s New Gig Worker Protections Leave Domestic Workers Behind and Women and War: Using Gender to Predict Conflicts.)


PhD and master’s students from any Humphrey School program are eligible to apply. Preference will go to PhD students. Master’s students with original research in progress related to their professional papers will also be considered.

CLA students from any discipline are eligible to apply for a similar award, the CLA-RIGS Gender Policy Report GRPP Summer Fellowship.

Recipients of the Gender Policy Report Summer Fellowship are not eligible for other internal fellowships during summer 2021 (e.g., Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships or non-contractual department fellowships). As a condition of the award, recipients may not register for courses during the summer term and may only hold up to a 25% appointment during the summer.

Application and Deadline

Applicants should specify the types of projects they intend to work on, describe how working with faculty curators will enhance their own research, and note how their research interests intersect with the aims of the Gender Policy Report. A completed application and proposal must be submitted to [email protected] by 9 a.m. on April 2, 2021. The completed application will include the fellowship application form, a three-page research proposal, a two-page CV, and an unofficial transcript. 

Selection Process 

A faculty committee will review applications and determine awards based on eligibility and merit of the submitted proposals. We will also take into account your current funding availability. 

Reporting Requirements

In addition to submitting content for the Gender Policy Report website, each recipient must submit a one- to two-page report summarizing their accomplishments during the fellowship period. Fellows will receive a form outlining exactly what information is required. This report should be submitted to [email protected] by September 8, 2021.