International Research Fellowship

The Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship was established in 2012 to recognize the distinguished contributions to research and education on women and gender of Professor Isabel S. Marcus, co-founder and co-director of the Gender Institute (1997-2003) and recipient of UB's 2012 Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education. 

The Gender Institute invites applications for the Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship to be awarded in 2019-2020 to a UB graduate student to support research by and/or about women outside of the United States.

Deadline for applications for 2019-2020 award: midnight on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

Applications must include:

1. Application cover sheet, available here    
2. Cover letter (1 page maximum)
3. Statement of research interests, accomplishments, and career goals (500 words)
4. Academic transcripts
5. Writing sample (5-10 pp.)
6. Resume or c.v.
7. Two letters of recommendation

The Gender Institute must be acknowledged in any publications or exhibitions that are enabled or enhanced by the fellowship. Applications should be sent to the Gender Institute Fellowship Review Committee at  Please use the subject line: "Isabel Marcus Fellowship Application."     

2018 Fellows

The Gender Institute is pleased to award the 2018-2019 Isabel Marcus International Research Fellowship to Elif Ege, Ph.D. Candidate in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Karolina Kulicka, also a Ph.D. Candidate in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Elif Ege

Elif Ege

This award supports Ege's research or her project, Feminist Intimacies around International Mechanisms: Pitfalls of Feminist Coalition-Building between Kurdish and Turkish Women in Turkey. She will use the funds to conduct the last part of her dissertation fieldwork on feminist coalition-building practices in Turkey. Her research in Turkey conducted with Kurdish and Turkish women's rights activists focuses on their mobilizations around international women’s rights mechanisms (such as CEDAW-Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) from a ‘grounded’ approach to discuss the possibilities and limitations of feminist coalition-building under the growing shadow of nation-states and national divisions. 

Karolina Kulicka reading

Karolina Kulicka

Kulicka will use the award to support her trip to Poland in summer 2018, where she will be researching her project, “The Problem That Has No Name:” Mechanisms of Organizational Gendering in the Polish Civil Service. Her research brings to light those forces behind gender inequity that are invisibly engrained into seemingly gender-neutral organizational policies, practices and cultures. Using the example of the Polish state administration (often labelled as the most women-friendly in the world), her project analyzes how seemingly genderless institutional rules (e.g. political neutrality, professionalism), every-day work practices, spatial arrangements, new technologies, or the norms of the “right” looks can have a discriminating effect on female workers.

2017 Fellow

Natalia Pamula

PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature

"Collective Intimacy and the Promise of Invulnerability: Representations of Disability in Polish Literature, 1945-1989"

Natalia Pamula's dissertation focuses on literary representations of disability in Polish literature from 1945 through 1989 in order to rethink the notions of work, family, and citizenship in socialist Poland. She argues that using disability as an analytical tool affords an opportunity to recognize the tensions and paradoxes within the socialist system in Poland.

Natalia Pamula, 2017 Isabel Marcus research fellowship winner

Natalia Pamula

2017 Gender Institute-WNY Solidarity Fellowships

Elif Ege
PhD Student, Global Gender Studies
Research on how Kurdish women construct transnational connections
at the local level​

Karolina Kulicka
PhD Student, Global Gender Studies
Research on gender in Polish bureacracies​

Former Fellows

Anne Marie Butler, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
Project: "Unintelligible Bodies: Queerness in Contemporary Tunisian Art"

Mehwish Sarwari, Political Science
Project: "UN Responsivness to Wartime Sexual Violence"

Salwatura Prabha Manuratne, English 
Project: "Modern Incarnations of Figures of Violence in Asian and Asian Canadian Literature and Film"

Eman Abu-Sabah, Nursing 
Project: "Jordanian Health Care Providers' Responses Toward Intimate Partner Violence"

2013-14 Honorable Mentions
Maria Fernanda Glaser Danton, Global Gender Studies
Morani Kornberg-Weiss, English
Beth Kuberka, Romance Langauges and Literatures
Nuning Parwaningrum, Global Gender Studies


Anne Marie Butler, Recipient 2016-17 International Research Fellowship.

Anne Marie Butler

Eman Abu-Sabah

Eman Abu-Sabah

salwatura Prabha Manuratne

Salwatura Prabha Manuratne

Mehwish Sarwari

Mehwish Sarwari