External Funding

The Department of Sociology encourages and helps students prepare grant applications to public and private organizations that award funds for doctoral research, and recommends other sources of external funding.

Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), a nonprofit professional feminist organization dedicated to sociological feminist theory, established this scholarship fund with a bequest from Dr. Barbara Rosenblum, a longstanding member. Following her death from breast cancer in 1988, colleagues, friends and family members made contributions to the fund in Barbara’s memory.

The $1,500 Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship is intended to encourage doctoral research in sociology, anthropology, psychology and related fields on women’s experience of breast cancer and other reproductive cancers and prevention of these cancers.

Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship

The Society for the Study of Social Problems awards the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship to a doctoral candidate in sociology who began study in a community college or technical school. The scholarship, with assistance from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), carries a stipend of $15,000 to be used to support pursuit of a Ph.D. degree. The award is accompanied by a one-year membership in SWS. The award recognizes Beth Hess’s contributions to the American Sociological Association (ASA).

The award is intended to recognize commitment to teaching, especially at a community college or other institution serving less-privileged students; research and/or activism in social inequality, social justice,or social problems, with a focus on gender and/or gerontology being especially positive; and service to the academic and/or local community, including mentoring.

Cheryl Allyn Miller Award

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) presents the Cheryl Allyn Miller Award to eligible sociology graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients whose research or activism constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work. The award is supported by a bequest from the family of the late Cheryl Allyn Miller, a sociologist and feminist who studied women and paid work.

The $500 award recognizes scholarly or policy research or activism, either completed work or work in progress, close enough to completion so the applicant can concisely describe and contextualize the contribution to the field.

Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) established a Women of Color Scholarship, which has evolved into the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship. The scholarship is intended to offer support to female scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally. The scholarship also seeks to increase the participation of students of color in SWS.

The scholarship, of up to $15,000, is awarded to a woman from a racial or ethnic group facing racial discrimination in the United States. The student's dissertation must be sociologically relevant to the concerns of women of color, domestically and/or internationally. To be eligible, a student must be in the early stages of writing a dissertation, and in the "All But Dissertation" (ABD) phase by the time the term of the award begins (as certified by the student's graduate advisor). In addition, the applicant must demonstrate a financial need for the award.