WRRC Awards & Scholarships


The Ellen Hansen Prize is awarded annually to a UCD woman-identified student whose original creative project best demonstrates the bravery and independence of women.

This $1,200 prize was established in honor of Ellen, a creative and art-loving UCD student who was killed in 1981 while hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Applications are available now and are due on Tuesday, February 27th. Apply here.

Creative projects can be:
photography, sculpture, film, painting, dance, poetry, musical composition, creative nonfiction, mixed media, or any artistic medium that inspires you. New and old pieces are welcome from folks of all majors!

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged are eligible for the prize. The submission deadline is Tuesday,February 27th by 11:59pm.

The Ellen Hansen reception will be held on Friday, April 13th in the Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room from 6:30pm- 7:30pm. We welcome all artists and community supporters to attend this event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at wrrc@ucdavis.edu.


In September 2004, firefighter Eva Schicke died while fighting a fire in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Eva, 23, was a member of the elite California Department of Forestry Helitac crew and was admired and respected by all who knew her. She was the first woman to in CDF history to die in action. To honor her, and the determination and courage she exemplified, UCD firefighter Terry Zimmer established the Eva Schicke Memorial Fund.

The Eva Schicke Memorial Scholarship supports UCD undergraduate students who pursue gender-related research or who hope to attend conferences, workshops, or leadership institutes.

Applications will be available in Spring 2018.


Margareta Lelea worked tirelessly as the coordinator for UCD's Gender and Global Issues (GGI) program while a graduate student in Geography (PhD, 2009).

She managed and nurtured successful international internships for students in Romania, India, Mexico and China with a critical gender studies focus; provided support for students in the GGI Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and visiting scholars at the Consortium for Women and Research (CWR); and grew the Davis Feminist Film Festival, which is now an annual event housed in the CWR. In 2010 this scholarship was established to honor her work and inspire other students.

The Margareta Lelea Scholarship supports UCD students in pursuing international gender justice focused internships.

For the 2016-2017 year, the scholarship supported one specific internship opportunity with the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL). The internship provided support for a student to travel to Germany and then to Kenya or Uganda to create a documentary film using feminist and social justice frameworks to develop themes linked to transdisciplinary agricultural research conducted as part of the RELOAD Subproject focused on Social Sciences: Collaborative Learning, Knowledge and Action.

Applications will be available in Spring 2018.

Graduate Scholarships


The Women’s Resources and Research Center is pleased to announce the availability of summer awards for UC Davis graduate students. We invite applications from students with marginalized gender identities (such as women, transgender, non-binary, and non-conforming) whose research projects promote gender equity.

Proposals should approach the study of gender and promote gender
  • Bring visibility to marginalized gender identities
  • Question or unsettle gender norms
  • Assess and challenge gender inequalities
  • Examine the intersection of gender with other identities
  • Envision gender equity
  • Engage with feminist theories and methodologies

Funding may be used to support research-related expenses such as materials or travel; and/or living expenses for writing.

For more information please click here.

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation

ELA is an organization based in California which works to promote, through scholarships and grants, the inclusion of people with disabilities in arts, advocacy and education

The scholarships are for any woman with a physical disability who is enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited college or university in the United States.

For more information, click here.

Latino College Dollars

Search for scholarships available regardless of documentation status.

For more information, click here.

Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship

The Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD.

This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies. Women who are interested in this scholarship must apply during first year of graduate studies.

For more information, click here.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship

T.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada.

P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are either pursuing a doctoral level degree or are engaged in postdoctoral research at an accredited college, university or institution.

For more information, click here.