NWSA Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Award

National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)

This award was established by the National Women's Studies Association to discover, encourage, and promote the intellectual development of emerging scholars. Scholars must 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. This award is open to women of color currently enrolled in graduate or professional programs.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Gender:
  • Age/Grade Level:
    Women of color who are current graduate students
  • Financial Need:
    Not Required
  • Ethnicity:
    Award is available for 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.
  • Organization:
    Individual NWSA members
  • Other Benefits:
    Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Frontiers.

Application Details

  • Judging Criteria:
    Award selection is based on the submitted essay/manuscript.
  • Transcript:
    Not required
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Not required
  • Essay:
    Essay addressing the conference theme, Decoloniality, and/or address one of its thematic areas: 1) Unsettling Settler Logics, 2) Movements and Migrations, 3) Bodies and Biopolitics, 4) Borders and Be/longings, 5) World-Making and Resistant Imaginaries.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.
  • Recommendation Letters:
    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.
  • Other Materials:
    A completed online application

Contact Information

  • Phone: (410) 528-0355