Virginia Horne Henry Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships


Eligibility: The recipient must be a full-time graduate student in a doctoral program at the UW-Madison. Preference will be given to students in the School of Education. A major criterion for selection will be the potential research contribution of the candidate(s) to the area of women’s physical education, movement, activity and the female body in culture. Note: Employment of any kind through UW-Madison, including but not limited to graduate assistantships, paid internships, and other fellowships, may affect the fellowship award. There is a firm University policy of a limit of 133.33% on appointments for graduate students. These fellowships are considered to be 100% time.

Application: Nominations may be from a department, a faculty member, or the candidates themselves. There is no limit on the number of students a department may nominate. The recipients will be selected by the Virginia Horne Henry Committee, appointed by the Dean of the School of Education.

Nominations must include the following as the application for fellowship:

  1. A statement of no more than two pages by the nominee, describing her/his academic or program interests, also indicating what the candidate would hope to accomplish during the year in which the fellowship would be held;
  2. The student’s transcript and vita; and
  3. Two letters of faculty support, one of which must be from the student’s major professor. Applications must be received by February 2, 2018, 4:30PM.


The Fellowship
: The Virginia Horne Henry Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship will be an academic year award. The rate for Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships will be $​20,500.

If you have any questions, please call Ruth Benedict at 262-0543.

Fellowship Application form


Distinguished Graduate Spotlight

Madeleine Pape 2016-2017 Fellow

pape_BW_2"In the summer of 2016, I will be traveling to the global headquarters of the IOC and IPC to conduct pre-dissertation research and investigate the history and politics of women’s inclusion in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Representing the two largest sporting events in the world, the Movements encompass the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees (IOC and IPC) and a global network of national and international sports governing bodies, with a mission to promote peace and development through sport. Both Movements are symbolically (and materially) powerful in shaping local and global imaginings of women’s place in sport. An analysis of their gendered politics and histories can therefore provide important insights into why two different modes of women’s  participation in sport – as athletes and as decision-makers – have often followed such divergent trajectories while intersecting with other forms of inequality and marginalization."  www.madeleinepape.com