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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Ellen Clarke Temple Award In the Study of Women in History

This award is given to graduate students affiliated with WGS in support* of student’s travel, research, and other similar needs in the study of the history of U.S. women.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time graduate student in good standing at The University of Texas at Austin.  Students must belong to the WGS graduate MA degree, dual degree programs, or register as a WGS Portfolio student by March 25th 2014. Information on the WGS Portfolio Program is available online.

Selection Criteria
Preference will be given to those concentrating their studies on some aspect of women in Texas history.  Secondary preference will be given to students concentrating their studies on some aspect of women in American history, looking first to the Southwest region of the United States.  The awards ($1500 to be divided between one or two awards) will be presented at the annual Women’s and Gender Studies Spring Reception in late April/early May, date TBA. *First priority will be given to students who need funding for research.  Second priority will be given to students for conference travel. 

Application Process
If you have questions, please call the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies 471-5765.


  • Application (submitted online)
    • CWGS Affiliation (Portfolio program or WGS MA Program)
    • Title of project; A 50 word summary description of the project, (800 char. max; submitted online)
    • Have you applied for any similar WGS awards in the past? If so, please include the award name(s), year(s) applied, and the results.
    • Does your project address historical questions relating to women in U.S., and/or Texas history?  If so, which area? (800 char. max; submitted online)
    • One-page budget not to exceed $1,500. Indicate the purposes of the funds in terms of furthering the research project and/or disseminating the research (50 lines max; submitted online)
    • A two-page statement of research activities (75 lines max; submitted online) how this project addresses historical questions in scholarship on women; Indicate research questions, its significance, and the current state of the research project
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member addressing the value of the student’s research project and the ability of the student to complete the project successfully or to disseminate the research. The letter will be submitted via the online application.  The online application system is limited in the description used for letters of recommendation. Therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their references know what to include in their letter regarding the Temple award.

Applications and letters must be submitted online by 4:59pm on April 2nd 2014.  When submitting to the online system, double-check formatting as punctuation may be lost.  Double-spacing is not needed.  A word of caution: the website's interpretation of 75 lines may differ from 75 lines in a word processing program. Do not wait until the last minute to apply!  The server may become overloaded due to traffic and your browser might receive an error! Staff may not be available to assist with errors on March 25th. We advise you test your ability to save and work online as early as possible.  Please submit questions or report any glitches you find in advance to the CWGS office.

Applications are available online through UT Direct:

If the shortened link does not work for you, please try:

A note about Letters of Recommendation: The online Liberal Arts Scholarship Administration System was designed to allow one upload/per faculty member/per semester.  This may be problematic if you are applying to more than one award.  Different awards ask for different types of letters, therefore we are accepting email submissions of letters of recommendation under these terms: 1. Students are responsible for contacting faculty and instructing them to email recommendations to 2. Email message subject should read, "[name of award] letter, [last name of student]". 3. If applicable, file name of recommendation should also contain the award's name and the student's last name. 4. Students are responsible for contacting faculty and following up to confirm that letters have been submitted by the deadline.

Applications will open in February 2014.

The award will be presented at the annual Women's and Gender Studies Spring Reception on May 6th at 3:30pm.  Award Recipients should be in attendance.

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