Applicants must be NWSA individual members in order for their applications to be considered.
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.
- 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 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.
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.
- 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