Clayman Institute creates new writing fellowship to support future feminist leaders

A new fellowship at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research aims to offer undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to gain and practice writing and journalistic skills.

The eight-month fellowship launches in the fall quarter as part of the institute’s mission to foster and educate the next generation of feminist leaders.

Fellows will contribute stories about on-campus events, research and other topics to the institute’s monthly newsletter, Gender News, and write pieces for publication in other media outlets, said MARCIE BIANCO, a managing editor at the institute who will oversee the program.

Marcie Bianco
Marcie Bianco

“The Clayman Institute is committed to the translation and dissemination of gender research – this mission could not be truer or clearer in the contemporary American culture of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts,’” according to the institute’s announcement. “We believe in training students to learn the writing and analytic skills to effectively communicate information as well as to parse information through a gender lens.”

As part of the fellowship, a series of four workshops will be held throughout the 2017-2018 academic year during which the students will learn from experienced writers, editors and journalists. In addition, fellows will receive a stipend.

“I’m excited to support students’ voices and let them explore the journalism field in an academic setting,” Bianco said. “Hopefully this would help them arrive at new ways of writing thoughtful critiques and pieces that provide an antidote to the viral online culture we have.”

Interested students should complete an online application form by Oct. 13 to be considered.