Established in 2012 to honor 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's Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship is awarded to outstanding UB graduate students to support and encourage research about women outside of the United States. Competition is open to all graduate students but advanced projects are particularly welcomed

Recent projects include a study of ‘care work’ among migrant women workers in Lebanon; research at the Jamaican Memory Bank, an audio archive in Kingston that includes interviews of women who belonged to the religious movement known as Bedwardism; a study of contemporary coalition-building among Kurdish and Turkish women; research on gender inequity in the Polish civil service.

The Office of the Vice-Provost for International Education will be cosponsoring the fellowship providing additional funds. We are very grateful for their support of this important research opportunity.  

Application Information

Applications for 2023 are Due February 13

Applications must include:

1. Abstract summarizing your research project (e.g., your dissertation) and your plans for fieldwork and/or travel to archives and/or other research methodologies (500 words)
2. Writing sample (5-10 pp.)
3. Resume or CV
4. Two letters of recommendation (Recommendations are sent directly from faculty member to the Scholarship Portal.)

Supplemental questions:

1. Are you a graduate student at UB working on a research project about gender and/or sexuality in an international context?
2. Have you passed your department’s proposal defense?
3. Is your project at an advanced stage of research?

The Gender Institute must be acknowledged in any publications or exhibitions that are enabled or enhanced by the fellowship.

Applications should be completed on the UB Scholarship Portal.

Criteria of Evaluation:

1.     Applicants must show a commitment to research on gender and/or sexuality in an international context.
2.     Applicants should demonstrate that they have passed the proposal defense stage.
3.     Priority will be given to students at an advanced stage of their projects.
4.     Applicants must show evidence of academic excellence.
5.     Priority is given to applicants with a well-articulated project and research goals.
6.     Review committee places importance on letters of recommendation.

2022 Fellow: Victoria Nachreiner

PhD Candidate, History

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Victoria Nachreiner, Department of History

Victoria Nachreiner's dissertation, "A Marriage of Aesthetics: Afropolitan Consumption, Bodily Practices, and Cis-Atlantic Gendering in Old Calabar, 1840-1940," examines the changing meanings of womanhood, masculinity, and marriage in the context of trans-Atlantic exchanges. It aims to highlight how the introduction of European fashions, Christianity, Western education, and colonialism altered gender performances, sexual practices, and marriage regulations in the region. Central to this project is the premarital rite of fattening young girls in preparation for marriage due to its role in the transmission of ideas about womanhood and marriage through bodily practices. With support from the Isabel S. Marcus Research Fellowship, Victoria will return to Nigeria to conduct fieldwork essential for gaining the perspectives of African women whose voices have largely been effaced by contemporary written sources. 

Advisor:  Ndubueze Mbah, History

Former Fellows

Marta Aleksandrowicz, Comparative Literature
Project: “Flight, Cockroach, and the Maid: Toward a New, Feminine Universal in Olga Tokarczuk, Clarice Lispector, and Gloria Anzaldúa”

Azalia P. Muchransyah
, Media Study
Project: aims to illuminate the status of media activism, especially documentary film, in contemporary Indonesia as well as to explore the potential of documentary media to contribute to the transformation of HIV activism and advocacy in the face of the paradoxes around HIV/AIDS in key population members related to Indonesian prisons.

Gabriella Nassif, Gobal Gender & Sexuality Studies
Project: centers on migrant domestic workers in Lebanon &
Alexandra Prince, History
Project:concerns the history of the turn of the 20th century Jamaican religious movement known as Bedwardism

Elif Ege
, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
Project: "Feminist Intimacies around International Mechanisms: Pitfalls of Feminist Coalition-Building between Kurdish and Turkish Women in Turkey" &
Karolina Kulicka, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
Project: "'The Problem That Has No Name:' Mechanisms of Organizational Gendering in the Polish Civil Service."

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

2017 Solidarity Fellowships
Elif Ege, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
Project: how Kurdish women construct transnational connections at a local level &
Karolina Kulicka, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
Project: gender in Polish bureaucracies 

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"