Funding Opportunities

The Feminist Research Institute has active funding opportunities awarded yearly to UC Davis faculty and graduate students across the campus. Funding for seed grants, graduate fellowships, and working groups have closed for the 2017-18 academic year.

Seed Grant Competition

The FRI Seed Grant Competition invites proposals from UC Davis faculty for collaborative projects that use feminist approaches to engage in transformative, trans-disciplinary research. Seed grant funding may be used to develop a promising idea, pilot-test a method, gather preliminary data, further an ongoing collaboration, or otherwise provide support that will improve a project’s chance of receiving external funding. Proposals are encouraged that involve collaboration with faculty from more than one college/school. The Seed Grant provides up to $10,000 for UC Davis Academic Senate or Academic Federation faculty.

Our 2017-18 awardees included

  • Feminist Activist Scientists and Their Archives. Project Leaders: Sara Giordano and Rana Jaleel (Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies)
  • Linking Lack of Sanitation, Water, Menstrual Hygiene and Energy to Gender Disparity in Rural Kenya. Project Leader: Maureen Njoki Kinyua (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Women Immigrants and Access to Citizenship. Project Leader: Jeannette Money (Political Science)
  • Interdisciplinary Comparative Feminist Research on Discourses of Gender and Adolescence. Project Leaders: Liz Constable (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies), Corrie Decker (History), Jenny Kaminer (Russian)
  • Empowerment or Further Assault on Female Autonomy? Exploring Issues of Race, Class, and Power in Post-Sexual Assault HIV Prevention. Project Leader: Jessica Draughon Moret (School of Nursing)
  • Women’s Work: Feminist Perspectives on Food Waste, Sustainability, and Environmental Design. Project Leaders: Claire Napawan (Landscape Architecture) and Sahoko Yui (Geography)

Read full descriptions of the 2017-18 seed grant projects here.

Graduate Summer Research Fellowships

The Graduate Summer Research Fellowship invites proposals from UC Davis graduate students for summer funding whose work engages with feminism or takes a feminist approach in their research. Projects should seek to realize the potential of feminism to ask new questions, develop new methodologies, provoke innovative practices, create new connections, reach out to communities, and engage new audiences.

Our 2017 awardees included:

  • Tory Brykalski (Anthropology) "When the Hour Comes: Raising Life in the Aftermath"
  • Jeanelle Hope (Cultural Studies) "Grassroots Oral History as Resistance: The Narratives of Black Oak Park"
  • Katja Herges (German Literature) "The Body Encounter: Life, Materiality, and Care in German Life Writing about Chronic Illness"
  • Mayra Sánchez Barba (Geography) "The Slow Violence of California Agriculture and the Gendered Ethics of Everyday Caring"