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 (2019) individual NWSA members and currently enrolled in a graduate or a professional program. Recent recipients of a terminal degree (no later than May 2019) are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should address the 2019 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 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, 16th 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 16.
  • 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. 

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.

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, 2018 and April 30, 2019
  • 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
1720 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
ATTN: NWSA Piepmeier Book Prize

Books must be received by June 3, 2019. 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, 2018 and April 30, 2019
  • 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
1720 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
ATTN: NWSA Anzaldúa Book Prize

Books must be received by June 3, 2019. Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA. 

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, 2018 and April 30, 2019
  • 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
1720 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
ATTN: NWSA Whaley Book Prize

Books must be received by June 3, 2019. Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA. 

Nominations for Women's Center Committee awards may be self-submitted.


Requirements for submission of nominations include:
 

  1. Current individual NWSA membership
  2. Completion of online form
  3. One letter of nomination or self-nomination*
  4. One letter of support from a professional reference (the form has a field to input the email address for the person writing the letter of support, and they will be automatically sent instructions to upload their letter directly to your nomination)
  5. A copy of your resume or CV

 
Coalition Builder Award 

This award celebrates the coalitional work of  individuals working in  women’s and gender equity centers. Recipients will have built successful partnerships in the service of racial justice and gender equity. Partnerships may include campus departments, academic units, other institutions, community agencies and/or professional organizations/associations. 

Feminist Change Agent Award 

This award recognizes the remarkable work of change agents within the field of women’s and gender equity centers. Feminist/Womanist leaders play an important role in advancing justice and social change. Recipients will have done work that embodies intersectional feminist values and their contributions may include, but are not limited to the following: campus advocacy, strategic planning and visioning, policy development and/or scholarship that informs our work.  

Mentorship Award

This award honors the critically important role that mentors play within women’s and gender equity centers, and the advancement of our field.  Recipients will have a demonstrated commitment to the development of others as shown through their work supporting students and/or colleagues.  This award can also be received by an individual who has contributed to the support or development of mentoring programs.  

Outstanding WGEC Program

This award recognizes the work of women’s and gender equity centers as sites of feminist praxis and celebrates specific programs/initiatives developed and implemented by a center.  Selected programs/initiatives will have demonstrated commitment to intersectional feminism and employ inventive strategies to address the emergent and changing needs of our campus communities.  

*When nominating for this award, please include a program overview and learning outcomes in place of a resume/CV. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

The purpose of this award is to recognize and support the work of scholars working in the emergent field of Trans Studies, broadly conceived. This $200 prize will be awarded to any caucus member whose paper was accepted for the 2019 annual conference and demonstrates potential to advance the field of trans studies. The recipient will be selected by a committee composed of the caucus chair and two caucus members.
 

The paper will be selected based on the following criteria: originality of topic; quality of analysis and/or methods; potential to contribute to the field of trans studies; integrative analysis of race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, empire, etc.; and clarity and organization.

Submission requirements:

  • Accepted paper at the 2019 annual conference
  • Member of Trans/Gender Variant Caucus at time of submission
  • Completed online submission form
  • Paper of no more than 20 pages, double-spaced
  • 1-2 page CV
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