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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.


If you missed the Director Welcome by Colleen Murphy last week, please click here for full welcome. 

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 is appreciated

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

Alumni Spotlight

Varsha Venugopal
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna

GRID Minor, 2002
Master's in Urban Planning, 2002

Current Position

My current position is Assistant Director of Programmes at Options, Consulting Firm focused on Maternal and Child Health in developing countries located in London, UK

See full interview here


Varsha was the first recipient of the Barbara A. Yates International Award

Upcoming Events
Faculty Affiliates in the News



WGGP Faculty Affiliate and Executive Committee member, Susan Koshy, was awarded David Dodds Henry Lectureship Funds for work on Technocultural Futurisms.

To learn more about our faculty affiliates, please visit here

If you are a WGGP Faculty Affiliate and you have news to share, please contact Anita Kaiser at or (217) 333-6221.


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. More information available here.


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).

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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