Skip to main content

Scholarships, Grants, Fellowships, & Awards

News, updates, and deadlines are available through via our weekly email.

(Click here to be added to the email via our sign-up form.)

Experiential Learning Adventure Funding

Global Women's Studies students are encouraged to participate in an approved, substantive experience that augments their BYU education. The GWS program has some funds to support Experiential Learning projects that students propose. Our priority is to support experiential learning related to Global Women’s Studies for our minors and students by helping to offset travel expenses and supply costs. We will prioritize funding for:

  1. GWS-related internships & student-led mentored (capstone-style) research projects
  2. GWS-sponsored study abroad programs (i.e.- Human Rights/Women's Rights)
  3. GWS minors’ Study Abroad programs related to women
  4. Non-GWS minors going on a study abroad where students link their experience to women’s topics

Proposals that succinctly make a strong case for their connection to GWS and that provide a detailed travel and supply budget will more likely receive support.

Our 2021 funding application is available at this link.

Susa Young Gates Award

For the Best Student essay in Women's Studies. The winner will be awarded $200. Send essay to with "Susa Young Gates" in the subject line. Click here to see a flyer with more information.
Deadline: Last day of classes each Winter Semester by 11:59 pm.

1000 px SYG award_CFP.png


The Women’s Studies program accepts and reviews applications for the Ella Carpenter Jensen fellowship (awarded to female graduate students in Family, Home, and Social Sciences) and the Beverley Nalder Scholarship (for Global Women's Studies students who are parents and struggling financially.)
These awards are made during the winter semester for the following academic year. Continuing students are strongly encouraged to consult with the writing assistants at the FHSS Writing Lab (801)-422-4454,, or their faculty advisor as they draft their application materials.

  • The Ella Carpenter Jensen Fellowship

Clarence Jensen established this scholarship in memory of his wife Ella Carpenter Jensen to support the graduate work of women studying in the Family, Home, and Social Sciences college. "In 1986, LDS women were not pursuing education in the way they currently do." Grateful for what Ella had done for him, Clarence wanted to help support LDS women’s investment in education, especially beyond the bachelor’s degree.
Ella Carpenter Jensen was born in 1905 in the small southern Utah town of Glendale. She was the youngest daughter in a family of four. She became a teacher and during the difficult years of the Great Depression taught first in the small Utah town of Oasis and then taught elementary school in Kaysville. In 1938 she married Clarence Jensen, a machinist from Michigan who had come to Salt Lake working for the Civilian Conservation Core, a jobs program initiated to put men back to work. She taught Clarence how to read and introduced him to the gospel. They married and were eventually sealed in the temple. Ella and Clarence established a home in Salt Lake City. They had no children of their own, but helped to raise and support nieces and nephews. Clarence worked as a machinist, Ella was a teacher. Every week Clarence brought his paycheck home and Ella put a small portion into savings bonds. Her money management, his work ethic (he continued to work well past his 80th birthday), and their modest lifestyle enabled them to put away a sizable sum of money by the time Ella passed away in 1986. In honor of Ella, Clarence established the Ella Carpenter Jensen Scholarship to support the graduate work of women studying in the Family, Home, and Social Sciences college. In 1986, LDS women were not pursuing education in the way they currently do. Grateful for what Ella had done for him, Clarence wanted to help support LDS women¹s investment in education, especially beyond the bachelor¹s degree. Ella and Clarence Jensen were survived by many grateful grand nieces and nephews who benefited from their support.

Click here for the application.
DEADLINE: MARCH 31 at 11:59 pm

  • The Beverley Nalder Scholarship

Beverley Nalder originally established this scholarship in order to assist undergraduate, single mothers who are majoring in social science, which was her field of study. It has been altered in recent years, per Nalder's request to expand to Global Women's Studies students who are parents and struggling financially.
Click here for the application.
DEADLINE: MARCH 31 at 11:59 pm

For more information about Beverley Nalder visit here.

Women's Studies Academic Conference Travel Grant

The Global Women’s Studies program encourages student presentations at academic conferences and symposia pertaining to women’s issues. If you are a currently enrolled BYU student and have been accepted to give a presentation at a meeting related to women, you may be eligible for a travel grant of up to $250. Please submit your presentation proposal, the mail confirming the acceptance of your paper, a budget for your conference trip (including how you propose to use the grant money), and a link to the conference website. Send these in an e-mail to, specifying “Conference Travel Grant” in the subject line. These are granted on a rolling application process. Apply when you are accepted into a conference.

Possible venues include, but are not limited to the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, the Feminist Art History Conference, the Western Association of Women Historians, the Mormon History Association (panels on women), Attending to Early Modern Women, GEMELA, Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica, the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, the Arizona State University Women in French Conference, the Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting, the Association for Women in Psychology Annual Conference, and the Idaho State University Art of Gender Conference.

_ _ _ _ _ _

We encourage you to look across campus and beyond for other reputable entities and departments which may have awards relating to women and gender, such as:

Annaley Naegle Redd Student Award in Women's History

The Annaley Naegle Redd Student Award in Women's History will be given each year to one undergraduate or graduate student doing research on women in the American West (west of the Mississippi River). It is named after Annaley Naegle Redd, a prominent southeastern Utah rancher and philanthropist and wife of Charles Redd. Awards may be used for any worthy project including preparation of seminar papers, theses, and dissertations. The award is a $1,500 grant to be used for research support (supplies, travel, etc.). The funds cannot be used for salary or capital equipment. Applicants not receiving the Annaley Naegle Redd Award will be considered for the Redd Center's other student grants ($1,500 maximum) if the study area is in the Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, or Colorado). Proposals in all areas of the humanities, arts, and social sciences are welcomed. ONLINE APPLICATION

Helen Z. Papanikolas Award for Best Student Paper on Utah Women’s History

Utah State History sponsors the Papanikolas Award to encourage new scholarly research in the area of Utah women’s history at colleges and universities. The award is named for Helen Z. Papanikolas (1917-2004), a former member of the Utah State Board of History who was most noted for her research and writing on Utah and ethnic history, but also wrote fiction, as well as women’s history.Applications are due in April. Winner receives a monetary award and recognition at the annual Utah Historical Society meeting. Call the Utah Historical Society for more information.

Carol Cornwall Madsen Student Paper Award in Mormon Women's History

In honor of long-time BYU history professor, author, and Mormon historian, Carol Cornwall Madsen. In 2008, the Mormon Women’s History Initiative Team (MWHIT) initiated an award recognizing an outstanding paper in Mormon women's history written by an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University. Sponsored by MWHIT, the award of $250 is supported by BYU Women's Studies, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, and members of the Madsen family. It is administered by the BYU Department of History.

Applications are due in January. See for more information and and have published lists of scholarships for women as part of their mission to help students achieve success throughout their college careers. There are a wide variety of scholarships available only to women, and they want to ensure female students are made aware of them. While the ranks of women in college have greatly expanded over the years, there is a continued effort to increase the diversity of the student population, create additional opportunities, and encourage entry into non-traditional fields of study, through women-only scholarships. For more information, the resources can be found here: and here:

Past Award Recipients

Susa Young Gates Award

Kristin Perkins, First Place"'If It's Not Right, You Have to Put it Right': The Play and Work of Children in Matilda the Musical"

Emma Chapman, Honorable Mention"'Due to me': Women and the Economy of Seventeenth-Century New England in the Account Book of Elizabeth Gibbs Corwin"

Beverley Nalder Scholarship

Daniela Mason

Reina Dorff

Ella Carpenter Jensen Scholarship

Hannah Page Bell, "The Role of the Mu-opioid Receptor Gene on Mother-Infant Relationships in Rhesus Macaques"

Lauren Cook, "'I think I can. I think I can': Predictors of Perseverance"

Helena Haueter, "An Examination of Risk Factors Among Utah Suicide Decedents"

Madison Memmott-Elison, "Prosocial Protection: Bidirectional Linkages Between Prosocial Behavior, Aggression, and Delinquency"

Dorothy Simister," Social Work"

Daye Son, "Predictors and Outcomes of Child Disclosure to Parents During Emerging Adulthood"

Elizabeth Wood, "Sensitivity to Ketamine Predicts High Alcohol Intake: A Nonhuman Primate Model"

Marcia Ventura, "A Menstrual-Cycle Phase Effect on Loss Aversion: An Initial Investigation Using Concurrent-Operants Method with Gains and Losses of Money"

Susa Young Gates Award

Sylvia Cutler, First Place"Redefining Representations of Black Female Subjectivity through the Erotic"

Rebecca Johnson, Honorable Mention"I am Real Happy Here: Contentment Amid Containment"

Beverley Nalder Scholarship

Haley Bell

Daniela Mason

Sianee Rae

Bobbi Ulvestad

Ella Carpenter Jensen Scholarship

Alyssa Alexander

Christine Black

Emilie Davis

Madison Memmott-Elison

Elizabeth Passey

Beverley Nalder Scholarship

Daniela Mason, Family Life

Connie Burt, Industrial Psychology

Annie Edwards, Masters of Social Work

Ella Carpenter Jensen Scholarship

Hiu Wai Caldwell, “Relaxation HRV Techniques on Marital Satisfaction”

Brooke Elise Jones, “Gender Threat and Male Dominance: A Perfect Storm for Workplace Aggression”

Li Ping Su, “Learning English in the Hills of Vietnam: Understanding the Implications of Informal Education Models for Evolving Gender Dynamics and Education in Hmong Society”

Veronica Tait, “Age Differences in the Sunk-Cost Fallacy and Loss Version”

Jamie Easler, “The Value of Respite Care for Parents of Children with Autism Compared to Parents of Children with Down Syndrome”

Krista Keddington, Systematic review, and meta-analysis of currently developed mental health smartphone applications

Erin Rackham, “The Physiological Responses that Drive Change in Therapy”

Troy Marie Young, “Focus Groups on Values of Marriage in Taiwan”

Madison Memmott, “I’ll be there for You: How Social Provisions Influence an Individual’s Prosocial Behavior”

Susa Young Gates Award

Arica Roberts - "Una Guerra Contra La Mujer: Chicana Feminism and Vietnam War Protest"

Arica Roberts is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University with a degree in History. She graduated with the Women's Studies minor, as well as a minor in Philosophy. Her studies focused on women and gender history, Latin American history, intersectionalism, and religion. She hopes to continue to study History in graduate school and one day teach and continue research and writing in these fields. She is from Los Angeles, California and draws her inspiration from nature. She loves the beach, mountains, riding horses, and hula hooping under the moonlight.

Jensen Scholarships

Can Cheng - "Parental Involvement and Child Achievement in School: Comparison of the Effects of White-Asian, White-White and Asian-Asian Parent Families"

Yoko H.W. Tsui - "The effect of HRV biofeedback on marital satisfaction"

Christina Riley - "Who is Helpful?: Examining the Relationship between Personality Factors and Supportive Responses and Attitudes toward Domestic Violence Victims"

Ashley Larsen - “Pathways Linking Maternal Education and Child Survival in 30 Countries: A Contextual Argument”

Kersti Spjut - “The Impact of Culture on Marital Satisfaction"

Erin Rackham - "Parents’ Conflict-Resolution Style and Relationship Self-Regulation: A study of family-of-origin influences on ability to use RSR"

Brooke Jones - "Same-sex sexual harassment of men: The process motivating rejection-based harassment"

Connie Madson Ericksen - "Burial Plots: Theatrics of Pre-contact and Colonial Mortuary Performance in Eten, Peru"

Nalder Scholarship

Anne Edwards- School of Family life

Jensen Scholarships

Kathryn Cullen Burner—“Schizophrenia and Cognitive Adaptation Training”

Tracy Brown—“Menopause, Oxytocin, and Cardiovascular Risk”

Natalie Johnson—“Motivations as Mediators of Relations between Parenting and Adolescent Behaviors”

Jessica Palilla—“Autism Spectrum Disorders and Maternal Well- Being"

Annie Samhouri—“A Case Study of the Dar Al-Wefaq Battered Women’s Shelter in Amman, Jordan"

Andrea Sorenson—“Alcoholism Susceptibility: An Internship at the California National Primate Research Center”

Nalder Scholarship

Anne Edwards

Jensen Scholarships

Michele Elizabeth Bendall

Stephanie S. Luster

Whitney Maxwell

Sunnie Giles

Leila J. Nielsen

Ashley Michelle Fraser

Holly Coutts