Awards and Prizes
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.
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.
about the 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
Women's Centers Awards
In addition to completing the online application, you must also submit:
one letter of nomination or self-nomination AND
at least one additional letter in support of the nomination.
In addition to these requirements, you may choose to submit an resume or CV. Only applicants with current individual membership and completed applications will be considered. Any questions can be directed to Amanda Linsenmeyer (Amanda.Linsenmeyer@colorado.edu
), Chair of the Women's Center Awards Committee.
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.
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.
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 individual members.
Current individual membership
Online application form
PDF of one-page CV
Two letters of recommendation
Deadline: March 31, 2017
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 project in areas of Lesbian, Queer, and LGBT Studies that resonates with the mission of NWSA. The field of the degree is open, but the work should focus on lesbian (defined broadly) lives, identities, or realities and make a contribution to the fields of lesbian and sexuality studies.
Award applications are evaluated on the basis of
- Clarity of project description;
- Relevance to mission of NWSA, goals of Lesbian Caucus, and field of Women’s and Gender Studies;
- Engagement of feminist analytical frameworks/methodologies; and
- Potential impact on the fields of lesbian/sexuality studies.
Deadline: May 31, 2017
- Individual NWSA Membership at the time of application
- Completed online form
- One letter of recommendation, preferably from dissertation or thesis adviser, although DGS letters will be accepted. Note that the system will automatically send a notification to your letter writer so they may directly upload their recommendation.All scholarship applicants are encouraged to apply for NWSA Conference Registration and Travel Grants Awards if assistance is needed for NWSA conference participation.
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.
One (1) $500 award is available for a woman of color who is a current graduate student and member of NWSA.
The prize-winning essay 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.
- Submissions must be from women of color who are current (2017) individual NWSA members and currently enrolled in a graduate or a professional program. Recent recipients of a terminal degree (no later than May 2016) are also eligible to apply.
- Applicants should address the 2017 conference theme (complete details at www.nwsa.org/CFP)
- 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, 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 mid-August.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Deadline: May 31, 2017