The Center for the Study of Women offers grants to all UCLA ladder faculty for research development, new project development that may lead to external funding opportunities through CSW, and project completion that could be considered for CSW publications (policy briefs, research reports).

Preference will be given to junior faculty and projects that link to CSW’s current research projects (i.e., Chemical Entanglements, Gender and Water, Feminist Anti-Carceral Studies, Sexual Violence and Intersectionality). For more information regarding CSW’s current research projects, visit here.

Amount: Ranges from $1500-$3000

Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020

Criteria 

  • Applicants must be UCLA tenure-track faculty and can apply for support for research projects on gender, sexuality, and/or women's issues.
  • Faculty are not eligible to receive a Faculty Research Grant (formerly known as Faculty Development Grant) within three years of their receipt of an earlier one
  • Recipients must agree to the following:

 -Submit a final report describing the project outcomes
-Acknowledge CSW in all public informational materials and publications resulting from the grant
-Provide an article or blog post for a CSW publication
-Provide one of the following services based on CSW need: 1) Serve on an awards review committee or 2) Moderate a panel at the Thinking Gender Conference
 

To Apply
The application requires the following documents: 

  1. Research Proposal (maximum 3 single-spaced description that includes the title and an explanation of the proposed research)
  2. Bibliography
  3. Itemized Budget (1 page describing how funds will be used)
  4. Supporting Documents (quotes/invoices) of Budget Items (e.g., if airfare, provide copy of airfare prices if ticket is not yet purchased)
  5. Curriculum Vitae
     

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, May 4, 2020.

DESCRIPTION OF AWARD
The Center for the Study of Women and Institute for American Cultures established the joint Research Excellence Award for Associate Professors in January 2017. This Award consists of a monograph manuscript (or equivalent) workshop organized by CSW-IAC to promote continuing excellence in scholarship by UCLA professors at the associate level addressing questions important to the fields of critical race and postcolonial studies and/or gender, sexuality, and ethnic studies.
 
NOMINATION PROCESS
Candidates for the award must be nominated by a fellow faculty member (inside or outside of UCLA) committed to co-organizing the workshop alongside the CSW-IAC selection committee and staff.

STRUCTURE OF WORKSHOPS
Each workshop will feature a distinguished outside reader from the awardee’s field who will prepare detailed written reports in preparation for the workshop discussion. Also invited will be a select group of local colleagues and intellectual interlocutors who will also have had an opportunity to read the manuscript or portions thereof. These workshops will offer awardees an extended and detailed discussion of his or her manuscript and a pragmatic plan of action for revisions.  
 
DEADLINE
Monday, March 9, 2020

 TO APPLY
The application requires the following materials:     

  1. Two-page (single-spaced) abstract of the book manuscript, including a progress report on state of completion by the time of the workshop
  2. Curriculum Vitae, with past service to or collaboration with IAC and/or CSW highlighted
  3. Letter of Nomination, noting three potential outside readers of the manuscript

Application may be submitted by nominator or nominee.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 9, 2020.
 

QUESTIONS?
Contact Kristina Magpayo Nyden, Management Services Officer, at kristina@women.ucla.edu.

Funded by Dr. Pat Zukow and CSW supporters, the Center for the Study of Women awards a set of grants that are available only to CSW Research Affiliates. Honoring the memory of a writer who documented the silences imposed on women by family and work responsibilities and financial need, the Tillie Olsen Grants provide funding to support exceptional research and projects by CSW Research Affiliates.

Amount: Up to three $750 grants per year (based on budget submitted)

Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020

Criteria: 

  • Only CSW Research Affiliates may apply
  • Expenses must be incurred from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
  • Grants may be used to support participation in scholarly conferences, travel to research sites, purchase of specialized research materials, or procurement of technical services
  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the project and/or financial need
  • Research Affiliates may apply in successive or multiple years.
  • Recipients are required to 1) write a blog post about their research activities for the CSW website and 2) acknowledge CSW in all publications resulting from this project
  • Award payment is paid via reimbursement based on budget and receipts submitted

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below.  

  1. Research Project Abstract (maximum 2 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Itemized Budget (1 page describing how funds will be used)
  3. Supporting Documents (quotes/invoices) of Budget Items (e.g., if airfare, provide copy of airfare prices if ticket is not yet purchased)
  4. Curriculum Vitae 

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, May 4, 2020. 

Funded through donations from friends and supporters of the Center for the Study of Women, travel grants assist graduate and undergraduate UCLA students with travel expenses related to academic or professional conference presentations and field research on women, gender, and sexuality.

CSW offers two grant cycles every year. For the Fall cycle (deadline in November), only travel that occurs between July 1-December 31 in the respective year will be considered. For the Spring cycle (deadline in March), only travel that occurs between January 1-June 30 in the respective year will be considered. If travel crosses two cycles, the funding cycle will be determined by your return date. If your application is selected, award will be paid via reimbursement based on receipts after travel is completed.

CSW cannot reimburse travel to states on the law AB 1887 prohibited list. Law AB 1887 prohibits state-funded travel to a state that has passed a law that (1) authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or (2) voids or repeals existing state or local protections against such discrimination. For more information and the current list of states, review the Travel Notice: Assembly Bill 1887. If your travel is to a state on the list, we cannot accept your application.

Amount: $400 maximum (award amount varies)

Deadline: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Criteria: 

  • Travel for the fall grant must occur on or between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019
  • Awardees will be selected on the basis of merit
  • Awardees must be registered UCLA students and preferably a woman. Awardees must also be registered during the quarter when travel occurs and when the reimbursement is processed. For summer, students must be enrolled in the preceding spring quarter and subsequent fall or winter quarters.
  • Travel must be for research or a conference pertaining to women, gender, and sexuality.
  • For conference travel, awardee must provide evidence that the paper was delivered at a conference
  • CSW reimburses the awardee only after receiving original (hard copy) receipts for eligible travel expenses
  • Awardees will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is highly encouraged.

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.  

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below: 

  1. Proposal describing research project or conference paper (maximum 2 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
  4. One Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the research for which you are applying

Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the reference's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including the letter of recommendation, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Funded through donations from friends and supporters of the Center for the Study of Women, travel grants assist graduate and undergraduate UCLA students with travel expenses related to academic or professional conference presentations and field research on women, gender, and sexuality.

CSW offers two grant cycles every year. For the Fall cycle (deadline in November), only travel that occurs between July 1-December 31 in the respective year will be considered. For the Spring cycle (deadline in March), only travel that occurs between January 1-June 30 in the respective year will be considered. If travel crosses two cycles, the funding cycle will be determined by your return date. If your application is selected, award will be paid via reimbursement based on receipts after travel is completed.

CSW cannot reimburse travel to states on the law AB 1887 prohibited list. Law AB 1887 prohibits state-funded travel to a state that has passed a law that (1) authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or (2) voids or repeals existing state or local protections against such discrimination. For more information and the current list of states, review the Travel Notice: Assembly Bill 1887. If your travel is to a state on the list, we cannot accept your application.

Amount: $400 maximum (award amount varies)

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Criteria: 

  • Travel for the spring grant must occur on or between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020
  • Awardees will be selected on the basis of merit
  • Awardees must be registered UCLA students and preferably a woman. Awardees must also be registered during the quarter when travel occurs and when the reimbursement is processed. For summer, students must be enrolled in the preceding spring quarter and subsequent fall or winter quarters.
  • Travel must be for research or a conference pertaining to women, gender, and sexuality.
  • For conference travel, awardee must provide evidence that the paper was delivered at a conference
  • CSW reimburses the awardee only after receiving original (hard copy) receipts for eligible travel expenses
  •  Awardees will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is highly encouraged.

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.  

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below: 

  1. Proposal describing project or conference paper (maximum 2 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
  4. One Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the research for which you are applying

Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the reference's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including the letter of recommendation, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020. 

This award recognizes an outstanding research report, master’s thesis, dissertation, or published article related to women and health or women in health-related endeavors. It is named for Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., the first woman to graduate from medical school, and made possible by the generosity of Dr. Barbara “Penny” Kanner.

Amount: One $1000 award

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Criteria: 

  • Applicant must be currently registered in a graduate program at UCLA
  • The research report, master’s thesis, dissertation, or published article must have been written while the applicant was enrolled in a UCLA graduate program
  • Co-authored submissions are eligible for this award, as long as all of the co-authors on the project are students (that is, faculty and postdoctoral fellows cannot be co-authors). At least one of the co-authors must be a graduate student; other co-authors can be undergraduates. If selected, one award will be split amongst all applicants. Payment will be issued to one student, who will be responsible for distributing payment to the other members.
  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is highly encouraged.
     

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below: 

  1. Research report or an abstract/summary of a master’s thesis, dissertation, or published article (maximum 6 single-spaced pages. including works cited)

 - For published or accepted work, the committee will accept the published abstract and excerpts from the material to total no more than the allotted length of 6 pages in lieu of a written summary.
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020.
 

This award recognizes an outstanding research report, thesis, or published article related to women and health or women in health-related endeavors. Named for Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., the first woman to graduate from medical school, it is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Barbara “Penny” Kanner.

Amount: One $1000 award

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Criteria: 

  • Applicant must be currently registered in an undergraduate program at UCLA
  • The research report, thesis, or published article must have been written while the applicant was enrolled in a UCLA undergraduate program
  • Co-authored submissions are eligible for this award, as long as all of the co-authors on the project are undergraduate students (that is, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students cannot be co-authors). If selected, one award will be split amongst all applicants. Payment will be issued to one student, who will be responsible for distributing payment to the other members.
  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is highly encouraged.
     

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below: 

  1. Research report or an abstract/summary of a thesis or published article (maximum 6 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
    - For published or accepted work, the committee will accept the published abstract and excerpts from the material to total no more than the allotted length of 6 pages in lieu of a written summary.
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework) (For transfer students, community college transcripts are welcome if applicant feels it will strengthen application.)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university


Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.
If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020. 

This award will help fund a promising law or graduate student’s research focusing on women and the law with preference given to research on women in the criminal/legal justice system. It is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Jean Stone to honor her daughter, Paula Stone.

Amount: One $3000 fellowship

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Criteria: 

  • Applicant must be registered in a J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., or Ph.D. program at UCLA
  • Applicant must be pursuing independent research, the results of which are suitable for publication as an academic article or book
  • Co-authored submissions are eligible for this award, as long as all of the co-authors on the project are students (that is, faculty and postdoctoral fellows cannot be co-authors). At least one of the co-authors must be a graduate student; other co-authors can be undergraduates. If selected, one award will be split amongst all applicants. Payment will be issued to one student, who will be responsible for distributing payment to the other members.
  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is highly encouraged.

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.  

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below.  

  1. Research Project Abstract or Proposal (maximum 5 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020.
 

Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Barbara "Penny" Kanner, the Penny Kanner Dissertation Research Fellowship funds an exceptional dissertation research project that pertains to women or gender that uses historical materials and methods.

Amount: One $3000 fellowship

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Criteria: 

  • The object of study may derive from the social sciences, literature, or the arts
  • Applicant must be registered in a doctoral program at UCLA 
  • Dissertation prospectus must pertain to women and/or gender
  • Research must use historical materials 
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is highly encouraged.

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below.  

  1. Dissertation Abstract or Proposal (maximum 5 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020. 

Made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Jean Stone, this fellowship funds an exceptional graduate student dissertation research project focusing on women and gender.
 

Amount: One $3000 fellowship

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Criteria: 

  • Applicant must be engaged in research on women and/or gender
  • Applicant must be registered in a doctoral program at UCLA
  • Applicant must be advanced to candidacy by award application deadline 
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is highly encouraged.

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below.  

  1. Dissertation Abstract or Proposal (maximum 5 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020.

This fellowship honors the life and continues the work of Constance Coiner, Ph.D. 1987, who died along with her daughter Ana Duarte-Coiner on TWA Flight 800, June 1996. Click here for more information about Constance and Ana.

Amount: One $1500 fellowship

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Criteria: 

  • Applicant must be registered in a doctoral program at UCLA
  • Applicant must be advanced to candidacy by the award application date
  • Applicant’s research must focus on feminist and working-class issues
  • Applicant must reflect a genuine interest in both teaching and research that center on working-class studies and feminist issues
  • Applicant must demonstrate excellence in teaching and a commitment to teaching as activism
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is expected.

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

 To Apply:
The application requires the following documents:  

  1. Personal Essay (5 single-spaced pages maximum):
    a. Discuss how you make sense intellectually of the ways in which society defines and responds to gender, and/or socioeconomic class, and/or racial and ethnic background.  

    b. Drawing on your life and academic activities, discuss how your beliefs and values about gender, class, and race influence your community work, academic study/research, and approach to teaching philosophy, including teaching as activism. Include details pertaining to your activities, such as the following: 
    • Coursework, internships, field studies, and employment
    • Teaching philosophy, teaching experience, and educational service programs
    • Extracurricular activities and service programs, including offices held and leadership roles
    • Participation in programs that promote (1) academic opportunities for students from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and (2) community activities for feminist and/or social change

     2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
    4. Two Letters of Recommendation: One letter from a faculty member of any university focused on scholarship and academic achievement and another  letter from a faculty member focused on your teaching experience.
     

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent via Submittable (once the application is submitted) to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

This fellowship honors and continues the work of Constance Coiner, Ph.D. 1987, who died along with her daughter Ana Duarte-Coiner on TWA Flight 800, June 1996. Click here for information about Constance and Ana.

Amount: One $750 award

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Criteria: 

  • The prize will be offered to low-income undergraduate students who demonstrate an early interest in working-class and feminist issues, as well activist practice for social change
  • Applicant must be an upper-division student enrolled at UCLA
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is expected.

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below: 

  1. Personal Essay (maximum 1500 words)
    a. Discuss how you make sense intellectually of the ways in which society defines and responds to gender, socioeconomic class, and racial and ethnic background.

    b. Drawing on your life and academic activities, discuss what you believe and value about gender, class, or race and how you act on those beliefs and values through your work and study. Include details pertaining to your activities, such as the following:
     
    • Coursework, internships, field studies, and employment
    • Campus- or community-based activities/service programs
    • Tutoring experiences
    • Leadership roles

     2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    3. Unofficial UCLA Transcript (with most recent coursework) (For transfer students, community college transcripts are welcomed if applicant feels it will strengthen application.)
    4. Two Letters of Recommendation: One letter from a faculty member of any university and another letter from a faculty or non-faculty recommender who is knowledgeable about your community work.

    Letters of Recommendation
    Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form, and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

    Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020.

    If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

This scholarship, made possible through the generous donation of Dr. Myrna Hant, rewards the rebirth of academic aspirations among women whose college careers were interrupted or delayed by family and/or career obligations and encourages achievement in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree at UCLA.

Amount: Two $1000 scholarships

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Criteria: 

  • Applicant must be a registered UCLA undergraduate woman who started or returned to college after a number of years
  • Applicant may also have transferred from a community college to UCLA with junior status
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is expected.

 Special Note 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.  

 To Apply:
The application requires the documents listed below: 

  1. Personal Essay (maximum 3 single-spaced pages): Describe (1) your path to a college degree; (2) what you have accomplished academically, personally, and in the community; and (3) what earning a degree from UCLA means to you. 
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework) (Community college transcripts are welcome if applicant feels it will strengthen the application.)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation: One letter from a faculty member of any university and another letter from a faculty or non-faculty member who is knowledgeable about your community service

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the reference's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the references with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020. 

The CSW Policy Brief Prize was created to support and promote applied feminist scholarship by graduate students at UCLA. Each CSW Policy Brief presents research in support of a policy change that would substantially improve the health and wellbeing of women and their families. Previous CSW Policy Briefs can be found on our Policy Briefs webpage.

We are delighted to invite submissions to CSW’s 7th Annual Student Policy Brief Competition. Accepted students will be selected to work with CSW researchers and staff on revising a policy brief for distribution to key community partners and public officials throughout California.   

2019-2020 Policy Brief Theme: 

Confronting the Carceral State, Reimagining Justice  

Policing, surveillance, and incarceration are major issues for social justice feminism. As part of our Feminist Anti-Carceral Studies research stream, CSW invites submissions of Policy Briefs that challenge punitive approaches to justice that dominate in the United States.

The United States has the highest rate of women’s incarceration in the world. Only 4% of the world’s female population lives in the U.S., but the U.S. accounts for over 30% of the world’s incarcerated women.[1] Discourses about gender expand the overall prison system. Legislators and prison authorities increasingly use “gender responsiveness,” the notion that prisons can be designed to respond to the needs of women and children, to expand prison budgets and justify prison building. 

Women, especially women (and girls) of color, are routinely criminalized for survival. In 1975, Dessie Woods was prosecuted for defending herself against rape by a white man in rural Georgia. Today, we see the legacy of criminalizing survival and survivors in the cases of Marissa Alexander, Bresha Meadows, and many others. Nearly 60% of people in women’s prison nation-wide, and as many as 94% of some women’s prison populations, have a history of physical or sexual abuse before being incarcerated. 

LGBTQ communities are disproportionately impacted by prison expansion: nearly 60% of incarcerated girls identify as LGBTQ, while nearly one in six transgender Americans, and 47% of black transgender people, have been incarcerated.[2] Prisons entrench gender conformity by institutionalizing gender segregation and depriving trans-prisoners of necessary health resources. 

Incarceration and policing are modes of gender violence that undermine reproductive and economic justice, endangering women and children through estrangement, physical and psychic abuse, and by creating economic precarity. Given this reality, we invite policy briefs that boldly re-imagine justice in the U.S., placing the needs of LGBTQ communities, communities of color, and survivors of violence at the fore. Abolitionist approaches to carceral policy are especially encouraged. What policy interventions can help reverse prison expansion, dismantle the infrastructure that enables the policing of vulnerable communities, and help achieve justice? 

[1] https://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/women/2018.html

[2] https://transequality.org/sites/default/files/docs/resources/NCTE_Blueprint_2015_Prisons.pdf

Prize Details

Award: 

Deadline: 

Monday, October 7, 2019 

Eligibility: 

Currently enrolled graduate students at all University of California campuses are eligible to apply

To Apply, Submit the Following Documents:

  • A 750-word Policy Brief that responds to the prompt above. Briefs should follow the CSW Policy Brief Template
  • A copy of your current CV

Special Note: 

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Detailed information on the CA Dream Act of 2011 is on www.fao.ucla.edu.
  • Applicants who are receiving financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid Office. If you are selected as a recipient of this award, your financial aid package may be subject to revision. 

CSW must receive all application materials no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, October 7, 2019. 


UCLA Undergraduate Students: Contribute to CSW's Research and Earn Course Credit!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Applications will be evaluated as they are received. Interested students are advised to apply as early as possible.

Students interested in working during the summer should apply immediately and specify as such in their application.

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is accepting applications from qualified UCLA undergraduate students to enroll in 99 or 196/199 research units under CSW Director Rachel Lee during the Summer and Fall 2019 quarter. Depending on performance, students may be eligible to continue for additional quarters. We are particularly interested in students who are available for at least two quarters or the entire 2019-2020 academic year.

Students must have experience conducting interviews and/or oral histories in order to be considered. Selected students will conduct interviews for an oral history project that contributes to CSW's Chemical Entanglements research stream.

Students can sign up for 1-2 units per quarter under the following departments: English, Gender Studies, Asian American Studies, and Institute for Society and Genetics (students from any discipline may apply, however). We may consider students for 4 units but only in exceptional and extenuating circumstances.

Students must be in good academic standing and registered during each quarter you plan to be enrolled in research units. Students will be required to meet weekly as a group and conduct final presentations during Finals Week as part of the course. 

Students will receive mentorship and guidance from CSW Staff, Graduate Student Researchers, and Faculty, and will be selected based on level of interview experience.

About the Project: Oral Histories of Chemical Sensitivity and Environmental Illness

Undergraduate researchers will assist with an oral history project that focuses on experiences with chemical sensitivity or other contested, environmental illnesses, as well as individual and group activist efforts to promote chemical safety and institutional change. This is a feminist, social justice-oriented project informed by disability studies scholarship. Students will assist with identifying and leading outreach to interviewees, conducting interviews, transcribing interviews, and writing post-interview reports. Students are expected to meet weekly with a CSW advisor.

Qualifications for this Project

  • In order to be considered for this project, students must commit for at least two consecutive quarters, with preference for those who commit to the entire 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Prior oral history and/or interview experience is required.
  • Strong independent research skills and familiarity with conducting library and internet research 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to think quickly and critically
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong listening skills, high level of patience
  • Experience or interest in writing stories for diverse audiences
  • High level of discretion, integrity, and ability to handle confidential/sensitive materials

Requirements and Expectations

It is expected that by the end of each quarter, students will have completed the following:

  • Project Deliverable: One or more oral history interview(s), with transcript and all required documentation
  • 1000-word Blog Post to be published on the CSW website
  • Final Presentation (to take place during Finals Week)

To Apply

Complete the online application form at:

You will be asked to provide the following:

1. 3-paragraph statement of interest. Please submit one paragraph each in response to the following questions: 

  • Research interests: Why are you interested in working on this project?
  • Interview experience: What prior interview experience do you have? How does this experience       qualify you to work this project? (Be as specific as possible in describing your past experiences.)
  • Research experience: What other related research projects or research papers have you completed?

2. Resume/CV, highlighting relevant research/academic experiences/skills related to project(s) of interest

3. Unofficial UCLA transcript (include Fall 2019 courses)


Questions? Contact Alexandra Apolloni, CSW Program and Research Developer, at alexandra@women.ucla.edu.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Center for the Study of Women