IWL 2021 Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program

The goals of the Institute for Women’s Leadership interdisciplinary grant program are to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations across the Marquette University community that further our understanding of gender and sex across the full range of human affairs, and to stimulate the development of such research into larger extramurally funded projects.

The Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program will support high quality, interdisciplinary research projects involving collaborators from two or more disciplinary backgrounds or traditions that advance our understanding of gender and/or sex in any domain of human endeavor and show promise of receiving extramural funding.

The application can be completed by filling out this form by March 19, 2021 and emailing it to Jennica Webster.

IWL Research Mini-Grants

Institute for Women's Leadership is now offering mini-grants for research. The IWL Mini-Grants will offer up to $1,000 to individuals who need funds for academic advancement reasons involving the research of gender or sex.

IWL Pilot Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program Recipients Awarded for Summer 2020

With the start of Marquette University’s Summer 2020 term, the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) launched its Pilot Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program.  This research grant program seeks to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations across the university that further the campus community’s understanding of gender and sex across intersecting disciplines.

IWL's pilot grant program funded 6 interdisciplinary research projects aimed at advancing understanding of gender and which had the potential for extramural funding.  “IWL recognizes that research on gender spans many disciplines and that gender intersects with other social categories and hopes to expand the research at more intersections through encouraging interdisciplinary research across campus.  As IWL’s mission is to, ‘Engage.  Inspire.  Transform.’ we strive to achieve this in all areas of the work done at Marquette and in the greater community.”  Jennica Webster, IWL Co-Director and spearhead of the new grant program, shared.

The IWL Pilot Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program supports projects involving collaborators from two or more disciplinary backgrounds or traditions. Projects may be directed toward:

  • The gathering of primary data,
  • The application of innovative approaches and analyses to provide novel insights from existing data, and/or
  • Creative endeavors that stimulate or strengthen competitive extramural grant applications.

IWL's research is focused on the advancement of women in leadership roles both locally and globally. IWL looks to advance research that drives intersectional inclusivity and gender equity. 

Award Recipients

The inaugural 2020 Interdisciplinary Summer Pilot Grant Program award winners are:

“Black Women’s Lives: An Interdisciplinary and Multimethod Exploration of Identity and Strength within Intersectionality”

Principal Investigators:

de St. AubinRobinsonDr. Ed de St. Aubin, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Karen Robinson, Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Director of Marquette’s Nurse-Midwifery Program




“The Genuine Farmer: The State, Gender and the Dynamics of Agricultural Change in Southeastern Nigeria, 1900-1960”

Principal Investigators:


Dr. Chima Korieh, Associate Professor of History







“The Effect of Mindful Prayers on First-Generation Immigrant/Refugee Muslim Women’s Wellness: A Mixed Methods Research”

Principal Investigators:

Korieh   OngCallendar







Dr. Enaya Othman, Assistant Professor of Arabic

Dr. Lee Za Ong, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

Dr. Karisse A. Callender, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology



“The Sexual Education of Catholic Young Women: An Ethnographic Study of the Gender Messages in Catholic Sexual Pedagogy”

Principal Investigator:

RossDr. Karen Ross, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology & Christian Doctrine, Program Director for the M.A. in Christian Doctrine Program






“Intimate Partner Violence as Structural Torture: An Integrated Interdisciplinary Analysis”

Principal Investigators:

Valentine   Wolfendale

Dr. Desiree Valentine, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Jessica Wolfendale, Professor of Philosophy




“Global Voices from the Woman’s Building Library, Chicago, 1893: A Case Book in Close and Distant Reading”

Principal Investigator:


Dr. Sarah Wadsworth, Professor of English






Check back with us for future award opportunities.