The Organization for Research on Women and Communication invites submissions for the 11th annual Research Development Grant. Members are eligible to apply in one of five grant categories that support scholars at different levels of their career: Category 1 for undergraduate students, Category 2 for master's students, Category 3 for doctoral students, Category 4 for contingent faculty, and Category 5 for tenure/track faculty. Each grant offers a maximum of $2,500.00.
Grants are designed to assist feminist scholars completing research or creative projects that privilege and advance understandings about the intersectionality and complexity defining women’s lives. Broadly speaking, submitted projects are those that chart new ground in disciplinary knowledge about women and gender; offer insights about the challenges and negotiations confronted by women in light of intersecting identities; and/or favor the diverse voices, experiences, discourses, performances and lives of women. Applicants’ research projects may be at any stage at time of submission. Grant funds may be used, for example, to pay for: conducting interviews, data transcription, archival research whether for copying costs or travel to archives, clerical support, transportation and/or registration fees for a conference to present the submitted project, among other needs.
All applications are reviewed by the grant committee (i.e., composed of ORWAC officers, member volunteers, and/or past recipients). Grant applicants will receive notification about receipt of their materials, and again later when final decisions are made. Review criteria and decision making are based upon: 1) a project that most strongly fits and supports ORWAC’s mission statement, 2) a project that examines the intersectionality of gendered experiences, 3) the overall quality of a submitted proposal, 4) the potential and/or likelihood for intellectual contribution to feminist scholarship in the field of Communication, and 5) the potential and/or likelihood for scholarly dissemination such as a conference paper, thesis, dissertation or book chapter, journal article, or creative project.
The call for grant applications and the application form are posted to this website at the start of each calendar year. Applications are due at the beginning of April and awards are announced in June.
History of the ORWAC Research Development Grant
In November 2007 at an Executive Officers' meeting, Michelle A. Holling (then President) presented fellow officers with a proposal to establish a scholarship or grant for ORWAC members. The grant was conceived as a way to invest in feminist scholars who help support the future of ORWAC and contribute to the growth of feminist communication scholarship. After much discussion about the feasibility of implementing a grant program, officers were unanimous in their support for beginning the “ORWAC Research Development Grant.” In the months that followed, officers contributed to crafting the grant call and teasing out specifics for the review and award process. Promotion for the grant began in the January 2008 newsletter with formal announcement at the 2008 ORWAC Business Meeting, Western States Communication Association conference. Since then, subsequent officers have updated the call, requirements, and review process.
For a list of past recipients and their projects click here.