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Director's Welcome

On behalf of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) at the University of Illinois, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the new semester.

Since 1980, WGGP (formerly Women in International Development (WID)) has had as our goal encouraging and facilitating research, instruction, and service focused on human development and gender equity.  Our Faculty Affiliates from across campus comprise a rich community of scholars with expertise in these areas.  The complete list of Faculty Affiliates is located on the People page of our website.

Over 136 graduate students have been involved with WGGP through what was originally a certificate program and is now a graduate minor on Gender Relations in International Development (GRID).  September 20th we will host our WGGP Student Symposium showcasing the research of our graduate students. For more information about our GRID minor, please look under the Academics page. During the 2017-2018 AY, we will also be highlighting GRID alum on our website, in our weekly newsletter and on social media. 

Our program strives to engage students, faculty as well as community members through lectures, brown bags, and symposia. On the Home page of our website, you will find upcoming events that we are hosting or co-sponsoring. 

WGGP has received a generous estate provision to make a gift to support an endowment for a graduate student fellowship and programming.  Professor Emerita Barbara A. Yates’ bequest will create the Barbara A. Yates Graduate Fellowship and Barbara A. Yates WGGP Program Series.  The Barbara A. Yates Graduate Fellowship will provide the awardee with financial support plus tuition and fee waiver for an academic year.  The Barbara A. Yates WGGP Program Series will provide support for lectures, workshops, and conferences on gender equity.   Barbara was the founding Director of WGGP and recently passed away on August 11, 2017.  Barbara has made a lasting impact on our campus and future scholars with her generous endowment.  You can learn more about Barbara and her impact through the WILL interview I did with Brian Moline on August 16th here.

I encourage you to look over our website and learn more about our program.  I also invite you to “Like” us on Facebook  and “Follow” us on Twitter to learn about happenings on campus and around the world related to human development and gender equity. 

We are happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you might have about our program or about how you may get involved with WGGP.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at or (217) 333-6221.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Generous private donations provide critical support for our programming and for our students by fellowship and scholarship opportunities.  If you would like to contribute to one of our funds, click here and select a fund you would like to support.

Finally, I would like to invite you to our Fall Reception on August 30, 2017 from 4-5pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about WGGP and meet colleagues and supporters from across campus.  RSVP is appreciated by August 26th at

Warm regards,

Colleen Murphy
Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Professor, Law, Philosophy, and Political Science

Annual Fall Reception and New Endowment Announcement

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) invites you to join us for our annual fall reception. This year we will honor Professor Emerita Barbara A. Yates and celebrate her tremendously generous gift that will establish the Barbara A. Yates Graduate Fellowship and the Barbara A. Yates Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program Series.

Event Details
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
4:00-5:00pm (remarks at 4:20pm)
Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom
(601 S. Lincoln Ave, Urbana)

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP online by August 26th is appreciated

Press release with more information about Barbara A. Yates available here


PhD Internship at the UN (Helsinki)

This internship programme offers registered doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at the United Nations for their PhD dissertation or thesis research.


Fellowship for tenured professors who will have a paid sabbatical for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars offers tenured professors of U.S. foreign policy and international relations direct experience in the foreign policymaking field through placement in a U.S. government agency or international organization for a period of twelve months. The program will match 50% of the fellow’s base salary for the academic year at their university (up to a maximum of $80,000 for the year).

The fellowship is open to tenured professors who hold a PhD, have arranged a paid sabbatical with their home university, propose to work on peace and security issues, and have never worked at a U.S. government agency or an international organization.

Interested applicants should apply on CFR’s website by October 31, 2017. Official selections will be made in December.

If you are interested and/or have questions, visit or email


Verdell Frazier Young Awards for Women
Applications Due September 1st

Apply Today!

The Verdell Frazier Young Award was established to assist women who have had an interruption in pursuing a college degree. Awards are available for Fall, Spring and Summer. Individual applicants can be awarded for two semesters within a given degree program. The application is currently open and must be submitted by Friday, September 1st at 5pm for full consideration.

Additional questions can be directed to the Women's Resources Center at or (217) 333-3137.



IFUSS:  The International Forum for U.S. Studies:  A Center for the Transnational Study of the United States, at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announces new Fellowships for THE 'OTHER' BORDER :  Canada and the United States. 
More information available here

WGGP Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address global human security and gender equity issues in research and policy analysis, as well as daily life. In this age of global economic transformation, it is especially necessary for researchers and practitioners to examine who gains and who loses from new policies, to assess the disparities in the impacts of reforms on women, men, and children, and to study the successful strategies and policies that appear.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at or by phone at 333-6221.



Certificate in

Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

GLBL 240 and GLBL 440 are both offered Fall 2017

Certificate Description

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) is offering a Certificate in Global Health beginning Fall 2015. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More information about the Global Health Certificate including upcoming information sessions is available here.

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