Ruth Dickie Awards

Ruth Straethern Dickie, a life member of GWIS, passed away on December 24, 1993 at the age of 80, a Professor Emeritus at the UW‐Madison at the time. Professor Dickie became a member of GWIS in 1947 and served in most offices of the Madison Chapter, including President twice and National President from 1978‐1979. Her support and dedication to the graduate education and research efforts of women in science were expressed in her personal and professional life. She cared passionately and left a generous endowment to the Madison Chapter, the income to provide scholarships and grants‐in‐aid to women in science.

Several awards are given in Ruth’s honor each year as a research scholarship or a grant-in-aid. The amount of the awards vary from year to year but are generally $500 to $3000. Grants-in-aid are always $500.

Who can apply?

Female graduate students at UW-Madison with at least one year remaining before graduation and are current members of GWIS Madison Chapter. Domestic and international students may both apply.

When are applications due?

Applications for 2018/2019 awards open on December 17th, 2018 and are due by February 15th, 2019, 11:59 pm Central Standard Time.

What is required for an application?

Awards are given based on a hypothesis-driven research proposal. The complete application includes:

  • A 2018/19 application form.
  • An abstract and project title, totaling no more than 100 words.
  • A project description. This should cover a hypothesis and specific aims, a brief background of the project, and brief explanation of methods used for the planned experiments.
  • A brief resume-style summary of the candidate’s academic history and professional experiences.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from an advisor or department head, and one from another person qualified to evaluate the candidate’s ability to perform the research proposed.
  • A budget proposal showing how the Ruth Dickie award or grant-in-aid will supplement the funding for your entire research project.

How are applications submitted?

Application materials should be submitted via email to Megan Dowdle ( All submissions should be in word or PDF format and given filenames in the format “lastname_year_grant in aid or scholarship” for our ease of use.

Helpful documents:

An overview of the awards and grants available is found here. A definition of the awards (including candidate qualifications and terms of the awards) may be found here.

Guidelines for writing an application are found here.

If you have questions about the awards, contact our scholarship coordinator Megan Dowdle (