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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.

  • 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 participati

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