$5,000 Fellowship For Women’s Philanthropy Study

A one-year, $5,000 fellowship to support doctoral research and dissertation writing that contributes to understanding of women’s philanthropy is being offered by The Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Applications are due by April 30.

The $5,000 fellowship is double the amount from the last time it was awarded in 2012, to Brent Pieper of Indiana University. It was also awarded in 2009 and 2010. The doubling of the award is in recognition of WPI’s “commitment to grow the field of scholars who conduct research in issues of gender and philanthropy,” according to a WPI announcement regarding fellowship.

The $5,000 for the fellowship will be paid in the form of a stipend, and will be given to the recipient at the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year.

“Our doctoral dissertation fellowship is designed to encourage emerging scholars to delve more deeply into gender differences in philanthropy,” said Dr. Debra Mesch, director at WPI. “New research will provide insights for donors and nonprofit leaders to better understand the role of gender in philanthropy.”

Eligible applicants for the fellowship must be:

  • Candidates for the Ph.D. degree at an accredited graduate school in the United States; and,
  • Must have completed coursework and defended the dissertation proposal successfully.

Previous winners include Deborah Skolnick Einhorn (Brandeis University, 2009) for her dissertation “The Power of the Purse: Jewish Women’s Philanthropy and Social Change;” Laura Gee (University of California at San Diego, 2010) for her studies to better understand how donors, especially women, choose between volunteering, fundraising, and monetary donations. Pieper’s 2012 win was for his dissertation on women’s philanthropy programs at higher education institutions and their impact on giving.

You can find more information at http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/wpi-doctoral-dissertation-fellowship