The CCWH Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship is an annual award of $1000 given to a graduate student working on a historical dissertation that interrogates race and gender, not necessarily in a history department. The award is intended to support either a crucial stage of research or the final year of writing.
The applicant must be a CCWH member; must be a graduate student in any department of a U.S. institution; must have passed to A.B.D. status by the time of application; may hold this award and others simultaneously; and need not attend the award ceremony to receive the award.
The 2021 deadline for the Wells award has been extended to June 15.
2021 CCWH Wells Award Application (MS Word download)
Committee email: WellsAward@theccwh.org
NOTE – Applicants can only apply for one CCWH sponsored graduate student grant each year.
Donations by CCWH members and other patrons support the Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship. To make a one-time or recurring monthly donation by credit or debit card, please fill out our secure online Donation Form. To donate by check, please send your donation to the CCWH at 1313. N. 2nd St. #1508 Phoenix, AZ 85004. You may request that your donation go to a specific award or that it be used where most needed.
The Coordinating Council on Women in History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to the Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship are tax-deductible.
2021 Ida B. Wells Award Recipients
Samantha Davis, Penn State
“In Plain Sight: Confounding Gender and Race in Early Modern Yucatan.”
Rozzmery Vicente, Florida International University
“Menacing Mothers: Medicine, Social Science, and the Politics of Black Motherhood in Mid-20th century Cuba.”
Megan Williams, Purdue University, “Vibrational Reprieves: Black Women’s Soul Food Novels as Aesthetic Sites of Erotic and Sexual Agency.”
2020 Ida. B. Wells Award Recipient
“To Learn to Let Them Go: Black Feminist Archiving and the Creative Revivals of Black Motherhood.”
Caitlin Wiesner, “Controlling Rape: Black Women, the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence and the State, 1974-1994.”
2019 Ida. B. Wells Award Recipient
2019 Honorable Mention- Shelby Pumphrey, Michigan State University, “Finding Asylum: Race, Gender, and Confinement in Virginia, 1880-1930.”
Previous Wells Award Recipients
Michaela Kleber, The College of William and Mary, “Gendered Societies, Sexual Empires: Early French Colonization among the Illinois.”
Honorable Mention, Neama Alamri, University of California at Merced, “Long Live the Arab Worker: A Transnational History of Labor Activism in the Yemeni Diaspora.”
Jordan Lynton, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Diasporic Identities in the Age of Rising China: Examining Chinese Community Membership in Jamaica.”
Honorable Mention – Joan Flores-Villalobos, The Ohio State University, “Colon Women: West Indian Women in the Construction of the Panama Canal.”
Alisha J. Hines, Duke University, “Deinstitutionalization and Disability Rights: Policy and Activism in New York State.”
Honorable Mention – Jessica Blake, University of California, Davis, “A Taste for Africa: Imperial Fantasy and Clothing Commerce in Revolutionary-Era New Orleans.”
Kimberly McNair, University of California, Berkeley, “Cotton Framed Revolutionaries: T-shirt Culture and the Black Protest Tradition.”
Katelyn Aguilar, University of Connecticut, “A ‘Cannes Thing?’ Football, Race and American Conservatism.”
Katie Knowles, Rice University, “Fashioning Slavery: Slaves and Clothing in the United States South, 1830-1865.”
Nicolette Kostiw, Vanderbilt University, “A Lost Generation: The Tutelage of Minors, Slavery, and the Black Family in Rio de Janeiro.”
Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell, Duke University, “Daughters of the Nadir: Black Girls in South Carolina’s Jim Crow Courts, 1885-1905.”
Melissa Lambert Milewski, New York University, “From Slave to Litigant: African Americans in Court in the Post War South, 1865-1920.”
Katy Simpson Smith, University of North Carolina
Nicole Eaton, Brown University
Reena Goldthree, Duke University
Lisa Blee, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Irina Mukhina, Boston College
Linda Rupert, Duke University
Tanfer Emin Tunc, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Katherine Benton, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Gillian McGillivray, Georgetown University
Lisa Materson, University of California, Los Angeles
Julian Carter, University of California, Irvine