Ends on April 12, 2018

NWSA will offer an annual $1,000 Alison Piepmeier book award for a groundbreaking monograph in women, gender, and sexuality studies that makes significant contributions to feminist disability studies scholarship thanks to a gift from Susan Shaw, Patti Duncan, Jane Nichols, Kryn Feehling-Burton, and Nancy Barbour. The donation comes from the contributor budget from a forthcoming ABC-CLIO encyclopedia of women’s lives worldwide. This prize honors Alison Piepmeier, an active member and leader of NWSA whose scholarship examined the intersection of feminist and disability studies, with a particular emphasis on reproductive decisions and disabilities and parenting and disabilities.


Basic Guidelines

  • Must be a current individual NWSA member (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018
  • Must complete the online application
  • Must send five copies of the book to the NWSA office (address below)
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Scholars with disabilities, scholars of color, and LGBTQ scholars are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Suggested topics for feminist disability studies include but are not limited to:
    • Reproductive justice and disabilities
    • Racialized representations of disabilities
    • Queer experiences of disabilities
    • Mothering and disabilities
    • Disabilities activism
    • Media representations of disabilities
    • Gender, sport, and disabilities
    • Disabilities and the body
    • Disabilities, sex, and sexuality
    • Disabilities in politics and policy
    • Disabilities and technologies

To complete your application, you must send 5 copies of their book to:

National Women’s Studies Association
11 E Mount Royal Ave #100
Baltimore, MD 21202
ATTN: NWSA Piepmeier Book Prize

Books must be received by April 12. Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA. 

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.


Basic Guidelines

  • Must be a current individual NWSA member (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018
  • Must complete the online application
  • Must send five copies of the book to the NWSA office (address below)
  • The committee seeks groundbreaking monographs in women's studies that make a significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship
  • Anthologies will not be considered


To complete your application, you must send 5 copies of their book to:

National Women’s Studies Association
11 E Mount Royal Ave #100
Baltimore, MD 21202
ATTN: NWSA Anzaldúa Book Prize

Books must be received by April 12. Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA. 

Ends on April 12, 2018

Thanks to a generous bequest from Sara A. Whaley, NWSA will offer an annual $2,000 Sara A. Whaley book award 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 awards a book prize ($2,000) for a monograph that addresses women and labor from intersectional perspectives.


Basic Guidelines
  • Must be a current individual NWSA member (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018
  • Must complete the online application
  • Must send five copies of the book to the NWSA office (address below)
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Women of color of the U.S. and/or International origin are encouraged to apply.
  • Suggested topics on women and labor include but are not limited to:
    • Migration and women’s paid jobs
    • Illegal immigration and women’s work
    • Impact of AIDS on women’s employment
    • Trafficking of women and women’s employment
    • Women and domestic works
    • Impact of race on women’s work

To complete your application, you must send 5 copies of their book to:

National Women’s Studies Association
11 E Mount Royal Ave #100
Baltimore, MD 21202
ATTN: NWSA Whaley Book Prize

Books must be received by April 12. Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA. 

Only online applications will be considered. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018. Notifications will be sent by May 3, 2018.

Women of color in women’s studies, ethnic studies, or related fields may apply if they aspire to leadership within women’s studies or NWSA. Applicants may include advanced graduate students, faculty, and current program administrators who wish to be more involved in program or Association leadership.

Program Benefits

  • Valuable networking and professional development opportunities at the pre-conference, the NWSA general conference, and via the Women of Color Caucus
  • One-year complimentary individual membership and general conference registration during the first year of participation 
  • Complimentary general conference registration and pre-conference the following year. (To participate in the second year, participants submit the paper registration form after registration opens for the year. Individual membership is not included in the second year.)
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with other women of color who possess a similar interest in program or center administration, as well as women of color who already have administrative experience
  • The support, companionship, and advocacy of the Women of Color Caucus
  • An opportunity to shape the future of the NWSA and women’s studies as a field by participating and exchanging ideas
  • Serve as a conduit for other women of color, particularly young women, to become more involved in women’s studies
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 states of a Master's Thesis or Ph.D Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies. The research project must enhance the mission of NWSA. 

Deadline: Entries must be submitted through the online system by March 31, 2018 (including letter of recommendation).

Applicants must be an individual member of NWSA no later than March 31, 2018.

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.

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.

Submission Requirements

  • Submissions must be from women of color who are current (2018) individual NWSA members and currently enrolled in a graduate or a professional program. Recent recipients of a terminal degree (no later than May 2018) are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should address the 2018 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 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.
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..