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FACULTY AWARDS

Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize
The prize includes $1,000 and recognition for groundbreaking monographs in women's studies that makes significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship.

The prize honors Gloria Anzaldúa, a valued and long-active member of the National Women's Studies Association.

Learn more about the prize.

Deadline: May 1 each calendar year



Sara A. Whaley Book Prize
Thanks to a generous bequest from Sara A. Whaley, NWSA will offer two $2,000 Sara A. Whaley book awards on the topic of women and labor. This prize honors Sara Whaley, who owned Rush Publishing and was the editor of Women's Studies Abstracts. Each year NWSA will award up to 2 book awards for monographs that address women and labor.

Learn more about the prize.

Deadline: May 1 each calendar year



NWSA-University of Illinois Press First Book Prize
The National Women's Studies Association and the University of Illinois Press are pleased to announce a new competition for the best dissertation or first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women's and gender studies. Applicants must be National Women's Studies Association members. We welcome nonfiction manuscripts that exemplify cutting-edge intersectional feminist scholarship, whether the area of focus is historical or contemporary. The competition is open to scholars from all disciplinary backgrounds, but we especially encourage work that speaks effectively across disciplines, and projects that offer new perspectives on concerns central to the field of women's and gender studies. 

NWSA and the University of Illinois Press are pleased to offer a $1,000 advance to the winner.


Deadline: June 1 each calendar year

Application details.


WOMEN'S CENTER AWARDS
Deadline: June 1, 2014
Read the complete application and apply online.

Outstanding Achievement Award
The annual NWSA Women’s Centers Outstanding Achievement award is given to remarkable women working in Women’s Centers/Gender Equity Centers who have accomplished a significant endeavor to improve the lives of women, and have addressed gender equity, sexism and other forms of oppression.

Emerging Leader Award
An Emerging Leader is an individual new to the field of Women’s Center/Gender Equity Centers who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the issues that affect women on campus, in their community or globally.

Founders Awards
While collaborative efforts of many faculty, students and staff contributed to the establishment of the early women’s centers in the academy, this award is a special recognition of the pioneers who were the first directors of a college or university women’s center that has continued to serve students, faculty, and/or staff for at least two decades.

Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is given to an individual whose professional accomplishments includes leadership and service for a significant period of time as a Women’s Center director at one or more institutions of higher education in their professional career. This individual will have served as an effective visionary on behalf of women’s equality and lives, as an advocate, role model and mentor to other women and those dedicated to gender equity, and as one whose engagement with policy and systemic change has helped shaped the course of women’s and gender issues in her workplace, and, thus, provided a standard of excellence and enduring legacy.



STUDENT AWARDS


NWSA Graduate Scholarship
NWSA will award $1,000 to a student who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a Master's Thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies. The research project must enhance the NWSA mission. This opportunity is open to current NWSA members.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE 2014 NWSA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Two letters of recommendation must be emailed to awards@nwsa.org no later than May 15 of each calendar year.

Deadline: May 15 each calendar year


Lesbian Caucus Award
The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a $500 research award in recognition of a Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation research project in areas of Lesbian, Queer, and LGBT Studies that resonates with the mission of NWSA.
 
Letters of recommendation must be emailed to awards@nwsa.org  no later than May 15 of each calendar year.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE 2014 LESBIAN CAUCUS AWARD

Deadline: May 15 each calendar year


NWSA Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Award
Deadline:  May 15, 2014

The purpose of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Awards is to discover, encourage, and promote the intellectual development of emerging scholars who engage in critical theoretical discussions and/or analyses about feminist/womanist issues concerning women and girls of color in the United States and the diaspora.

Four (4) $500 awards are available for women of color who are current graduate students and members of NWSA.
 
Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Frontiers; all essays are subject to Frontiers peer review process. If winning essays are accepted for publication, additional revisions may be required.

Eligibility Requirements
Submissions must be from women of color who are NWSA members and currently enrolled in graduate or professional programs. Recent recipients of a terminal degree (no later than May 2013) are also eligible to apply.

The Caucus identifies women of color as those persons from African, Asian (including Asian American, Pacific Islander, Arab or Middle East Asian), Latin American, or American Indian (including African Native American or Alaskan Native) descent.

Submission Requirements
Applicants must complete this form, and also complete the following:
CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE 2014 WOMEN OF COLOR CAUCUS-FRONTIERS ESSAY AWARD

Applicants should address the conference theme, Feminist Transgressions, and/or address one of its thematic areas, 1) Rethinking the Nation, 2) Trans-ing Feminisms 3) Technologizing Futures, 4) Creating Justice, 5) Love and Labor.

Submissions must be original manuscripts, not previously published in whole or in part (whether online or in print) or under consideration for publication or another award.
 
Manuscripts must be word-processed, double-spaced (including endnotes), and should not exceed 14,000 words.
 
The title page should include the applicant's name, address, phone number, email address, college or university affiliation, and student status (graduate or eligible post graduate) in the top right corner. No other identification information should appear in the manuscript.
 
Citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, with "humanities style" endnotes. Source information is provided only through numbered endnotes. This information is not given in parentheses or in a bibliography.
 
All submissions must be exclusive submissions to Frontiers for the duration of the essay award contest, and finalists will be notified by August 15.
 
Submissions must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a mentoring professor. The letter of recommendation should speak to the importance and innovation of the applicant's particular research interventions, and should also address the applicant's skills, accomplishments, and other qualities that make them well suited as a leader in research on women of color. Additionally, the letter of recommendation must address the suitability of the paper for publication in Frontiers
 
Submissions should be emailed to: nwsa.wocc@gmail.com