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Celebrating Women in Science & Engineering Grant Program


This grant program is the result of a collaboration between WISELI and the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Letters & Science, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine & Public Health, and School of Veterinary Medicine.

This program provides funds to departments, centers, or student groups wishing to enhance their own seminar schedules or to create new workshops, symposia, lecture series, or similar events in line with the goals of WISELI: to promote the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering. The maximum award is $3,000, and the maximum time frame for the award is one academic year.

WISELI strongly encourages applicants to seek matching/additional funds from relevant departments, the University Lectures committee, or other campus offices.

Application Process

Who can apply?

Recipient departments or centers must be in the biological or physical sciences, or engineering; or must propose a program/event that directly addresses the status, advancement, and/or promotion of women in academic science and engineering. Applicants might be department chairs, faculty who organize departmental lecture series or colloquia, academic staff members or graduate students who wish to invite particular scientists/scholars to their department, organization, or any other such group.

We are especially interested in considering the following:

What kinds of programs would be appropriate?

Examples of the kinds of programs we have funded in the past include:

Applications can be for one or more speakers, and may include funds for travel, receptions, advertising, honorarium, per diems, or other related expenses. The format of the grants is flexible.

How to apply?

Fill out the application form (scroll down to link below), and attach a description of your proposed program. The proposal should be short (1-3 pages of text plus a 1-page budget), and should address ALL of the following points:

  1. How will the proposed program promote the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering, either in the hosting department/center or overall?
    1. Please specify the goals or outcomes you expect will result from this proposed program?
    2. Please describe what you hope will be different in your department, unit, or organization as a result of this program or event?
  2. What opportunities does the proposed program provide to discuss issues of underrepresentation relevant to women in science? (See Resources for Grant Applicants and Recipients for suggestions on addressing issues of underrepresentation.)
  3. Who will be invited to speak? (Provide a short bio of proposed speaker(s), or attach a c.v. to the application.)
  4. What is the typical (or expected) audience for the talk/s.
  5. How will interactions with the scientific community be facilitated? Be specific about how the invited speaker will interact with two or, preferably, more of the following groups:
    1. Faculty
    2. Academic staff
    3. Post-docs
    4. Graduate students (e.g., dinner/lunch with graduate students, presentation to/discussion with graduate student organizations such as GWIS, GERS, SciMedGRS, BGPSA)
    5. Undergraduates (e.g., teach a lecture, plan an event with an undergraduate club or group such as SWE or the WISE Residential Program)
  6. What is the budget for this program? Please see the budgetary guidelines and use the budget form included in the application. Please note that the budget form includes a request for departmental/unit support.

Applications may be submitted in hardcopy or via email. Hardcopies of the completed application form, proposal, and budget should be sent to: WISELI, 3065 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706. Electronic copies should be sent to:

When to apply?

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due June 29, 2018. Applications may be submitted throughout the year, but applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if funds are still available.

Anything else?

Departments awarded the Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering grants must inform invited guests of WISELIís support and must acknowledge WISELI as a co-sponsor in any advertisements or announcements of the event/s. In addition, the grantee will need to provide WISELI with tentative, and then final, schedules of events with visiting speakers before funds are disbursed. Awarded funds must be used before the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. Finally, WISELI will provide award recipients with an evaluation form that must be completed and returned within 4 weeks of the program's end.

Program Evaluation