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 $1,000 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. Entries are due in early Spring and exhibited in May. To learn more about the prize and be inspired, visit the Ellen Hansen website.

ART CALL-OUT for the Ellen Hansen Memorial Prize✨

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.To submit a creative project for consideration, please complete this form. The submission deadline is Thursday, May 11th by 11:59pm.

The Ellen Hansen reception will be on Friday, May 19th in the UC Davis Conference Center 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 email Danielle Martinez 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 are now available till May 24th. Please fill out the application here


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.

Please check back during the 2017-2018 academic year

WRRC End of the Year Awards

The Women's Resources and Research Center End of Year Awards Banquet is hosted to celebrate the end of the academic year for the WRRC, and to recognize undergraduate/graduate students, staff, faculty, and community members who have engaged in work centering gender equity throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

You may nominate yourself, your own department, other individuals, and/or other departments that you are not directly affiliated with. You may submit multiple nominations for different individuals / departments by submitting multiple forms. Please do not nominate the same individual or department for multiple awards. Please also note that paid WRRC career / student staff may nominate others, but are not eligible to receive awards themselves.

The different awards that folx can be nominated for are:

-Undergraduate Student of the Year (Multiple awards). This award recognizes undergraduate students who have engaged in community organizing through leadership, activism, programming, and/or collaborative work. Multiple awards will be given in this category. Awards may potentially be granted to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th/5th year+ undergraduate students, including 1st and 2nd year+ transfer undergraduate students.

-Graduating Senior of the Year (1 award). This award recognizes a graduating senior who has engaged in community organizing through leadership, activism, programming, or collaborative work.

-Graduate Student of the Year (1 award). This award recognizes a graduate student who has engaged in community organizing through leadership, activism, programming, or collaborative work.

-Outstanding Research Contribution / Faculty Member of the Year for Gender Equity (1 award). This award recognizes faculty members at UC Davis who have centered gender equity in their work or research.

-Staff Member of the Year for Gender Equity (1 award). This award recognizes the work and contributions of staff members who have collaborated with and supported the WRRC in order to move closer to achieving gender equity and a positive campus climate.

-Outstanding Collaborative Unit (1 award). This award recognizes the work of our campus partners, who have actively collaborated with the WRRC throughout the year on programs, events, demonstrations, etc.

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**Deadline to submit nominations EXTENDED to: Tuesday, May 23rd by 11:59pm

To nominate folxs please submit a form by clicking here

Please contact the WRRC at wrrc@ucdavis.edu or Eavan Huth at elhuth@ucdavis.edu with any questions.

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.