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Susan McKay International Research Fund

Gender and Women's Studies Program

Susan McKay Women's International Research Fund 

The Gender and Women's Studies Program is pleased to offer funding to promote internationally-focused research that addresses women's and girls’ human rights, inter- and intrastate conflict, and peace.  This program began in 2010 and is made possible through the generous contributions of Dr. Susan McKay, emeritus faculty, and donations from friends of Gender and Women's Studies.


To support scholarship that proactively addresses women's and girls’ human rights, armed conflict, and peace, and to build capacity at the University of Wyoming for addressing these issues through courses and scholarship. Although a broad range of projects will be considered, the following are examples of the research that this fund is intended to address:

  • a study of how armed conflict promotes sex trafficking and/or gender-based violence of girls and women
  • a comparative analysis of geo-political regions of women's peace building initiatives
  • a research project to develop the applicant's ability to teach curricular content about experiences of women/girls in situations of conflict during the past decade, with emphasis on non-state actors
  • an analysis of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (2002) and/or UN 1820 (2008) within country-specific contexts

Examples of specific projects that have been funded include:

  • "Cambodia's Forgotten Women: Gender Based Crimes and Sexual Violence Against Women in Democratic Kampuchea"
  • Providing Access to Justice: Women and Children's Legal Rights in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania"
  • "Femicides in Curded Juarez and the Organizations that Seek to Address this Issue"


UW Graduate student or faculty. The fund seeks to enhance feminist research and dissemination of research findings regarding women and girls, armed conflict, and peace. Recipients may be from any unit on campus.


Up to $2,000 annually   

Types of Support

The following expenses can be covered by this award: 

  • Research support, including travel, equipment, supplies and other purchases if all of such items are directly related to the purposes of the fund.
  • Graduate student thesis/dissertation support including travel, equipment, supplies and other purchases if all of such items are directly related to the purposes of the fund.

Application Process 

Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018

Applications should be emailed to:

The application is available here: mckay_fund/susan-mckay-international-research-fund-application2018.docx. The application abstract should specifically address the relevancy of the research ot the purpose of the fund. A detailed budget is to be submitted with the application.

Susan McKay Women's International Research Fund Award Lectures:

Lali Asali-McKayJess White-McKay

Jess White (MFA Candidate): "Buy and Save: How Social Businesses in

Cambodia Package Charity for Sale”    


Lali Asali (Ph.D. Candidate): "Palestinian Girls: Accessing Education and Human Rights"

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