The Irving and Jean Stone Fund for International and Undocumented Graduate Students supports international and undocumented students facing emergency situations, whose research, advocacy, organizing work or whose personal history and goals advance social justice feminism. This fund is intended to alleviate unexpected financial burdens on these student populations who do not qualify for many funding sources because of their visa or citizenship status. Applications from students whose academic, advocacy, or organizing work, or whose personal history and goals fit the CSW mission will be prioritized. This fund has a rolling deadline and we will disburse awards on a first-come-first-served basis until the funds are depleted. Grants will not typically exceed $3000 except under exceptional circumstances as determined by the review committee.

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. For more information regarding CSW’s current research projects, visit here.

Amount: Ranges from $1500-$3000

Deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021

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

  • Recipients will be recognized at a future CSW Awards Celebration. CSW Staff will coordinate your attendance accordingly.
     


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 3, 2021.

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 15, 2021
 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 15, 2021.


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. More information about Tillie Olsen.

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

Deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021

Criteria:
 

  • Only CSW Research Affiliates may apply
  • Expenses must be incurred from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
  • 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 3, 2021. 

FALL 2020 AND SPRING 2021 COVID-19 UPDATE

The Center for the Study of Women will continue to accept applications for the Fall 2020 cycle, including expenses to present at conferences remotely (e.g., registration fees). If you have questions regarding acceptable expenses, please contact us prior to applying.

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 extended to April), 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: $500 maximum (award amount and number of awards vary)

Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021

Criteria:
 

  • Travel for the spring grant must occur on or between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021
  • 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 at a date to be determined (due to COVID-19, the 2020 Awards Celebration has been postponed).  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 29, 2021. 

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, MD, 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 29, 2021

Criteria:
 

  • Applicant must be registered in a graduate program (such as PhD, master’s, etc.) at UCLA during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made
  • 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 with the following stipulations:

 

  1.  To be eligible for the Elizabeth Graduate, MD, Graduate Award, the first author(s) must be a graduate student(s). If the first author is an undergraduate student, apply for the Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, Undergraduate Award
  2.  Applications may be submitted either by the main/first author of a co-authored paper or by two or more co-authors of a paper where they share equal authorship. 
  3.  For papers with faculty or postdoctoral fellow co-authors, the graduate student applicant must be the first or main author. 
  4.  All co-authored submissions must complete the Percentage of Work Form as part of the application. The applicant(s) and the faculty advisor for the project must sign the form. 
  5.  Only applicants (if authors include faculty or postdoctoral fellows) are eligible to receive the award and corresponding award payment. 

 

  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2021. 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
  5.  For co-authored submissions, the Percentage of Work Form (signed by the applicant(s) and faculty advisor for the project) 

 
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 29, 2021.
 

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, MD, 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 29, 2021

Criteria:
 

  • Applicant must be currently registered in an undergraduate program at UCLA during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made
  • 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 with the following stipulations:

 

  1.  Applications may be submitted either by the main/first author of a co-authored paper or by two or more co-authors of a paper where they share equal authorship. 
  2.  The applicant must be an undergraduate student(s). 
  3.  For papers with faculty, graduate students, or post-doctoral fellow co-authors, the undergraduate student applicant must be the first or main author. 
  4.  All co-authored submissions must complete the Percentage of Work Form as part of the application. The applicant(s) and the faculty advisor for the project must sign the form. 
  5.  Only applicants, not necessarily all authors, are eligible to receive the award and corresponding award payment. 

 

  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2021. 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
  5.  For co-authored submissions, the Percentage of Work Form (signed by the applicant(s) and faculty advisor for the project) 

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 29, 2021 . 

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 29, 2021

Criteria:
 

  • Applicant must be registered in a graduate program (such as JD, LLM, SJD, PhD, or master's) at UCLA during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made
  • 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 with the following stipulations: 

 

  1.  The first author(s) must be a graduate student(s). 
  2.  Applications may be submitted either by the main/first author of a co-authored paper or by two or more co-authors of a paper where they share equal authorship. 
  3.  For papers with faculty or postdoctoral fellow co-authors, the graduate student applicant must be the first or main author. 
  4.  All co-authored submissions must complete the Percentage of Work Form as part of the application. The applicant(s) and the faculty advisor for the project must sign the form. 
  5.  Only applicants (if authors include faculty or postdoctoral fellows) are eligible to receive the award and corresponding award payment. 

 

  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2021. 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
  5.  For co-authored submissions, the Percentage of Work Form (signed by the applicant(s) and faculty advisor for the project) 

 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 29, 2021.
 

Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Barbara "Penny" Kanner, PhD, the Penny Kanner Dissertation Research Fellowship funds an exceptional dissertation research project that pertains to women or gender that uses historical materials and methods. (Note: This award has replaced the George Eliot Award and the Mary Wollstonecraft Award.)

Amount: One $8000 award

Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021

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 during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made
  • Dissertation prospectus must pertain to women and/or gender
  • Research must use historical materials 
  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2021. 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 29, 2021. 

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 $8000 fellowship

Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021

Criteria:
 

  • Applicant must be engaged in research on women and/or gender
  • Applicant must be registered in a doctoral program at UCLA during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made 
  • Applicant must be advanced to candidacy by award application deadline 
  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2021. 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 29, 2021.

This fellowship honors the life and continues the work of Constance Coiner, PhD 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 29, 2021

Criteria:
 

  • Applicant must be registered in a doctoral program at UCLA during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made
  • Applicant must be advanced to candidacy by the award application date
  • Applicant’s teaching and research must center on working class studies and feminist issues
  • Applicant must demonstrate both excellence in teaching and a commitment to teaching as activism
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2021. 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 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 29, 2021.

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, PhD 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 29, 2021

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 be a registered undergraduate student during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made.
  • 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 2021. 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 Transcripts (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 29, 2021.

    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 29, 2021

Criteria:
 

  • Applicant must be a registered UCLA undergraduate woman who started or returned to college after a number of years and must be registered during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made
  • Applicant may also have transferred from a community college to UCLA with junior status
  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2021. 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. 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 29, 2021. 

DEADLINE: Sunday, January 10, 2021

UCLA Center for the Study of Women Presents

Thinking Gender 2021

“Care, Mutual Aid, and Reproductive Labor in a Time of Crisis”

April 28-30, 2021

UCLA

Call for Abstracts

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women invites graduate student scholars and artists to submit abstracts or synopses of in-progress scholarly papers, dissertation or thesis chapters, or article drafts, or in-progress film/mixed media works to workshop at our 31stannual and first virtual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference.

This year’s conference theme, “Care, Mutual Aid, and Reproductive Labor in a Time of Crisis,” will focus on feminist, queer, trans, transnational, Indigenous, and intersectional approaches to care, mutual aid, and reproductive labor.

Held on March 9, 2020, last year’s Thinking Gender conference took place a week before UCLA shifted to remote operations as a part of global pandemic-related shutdowns. Thinking Gender 2021 will follow a year that has been marked by overlapping and escalating crises: a global health emergency, unprecedented worldwide mobilizations against police brutality and state violence, and the rise of authoritarianism all over the world, among many others. These crises have exposed deeply differentiated vulnerabilities to death and privation, but by the same token, they have also brought into relief the renewed importance of building and maintaining alternatives structures for care, sustenance, and survival. Grassroots bail funds, mutual aid pods, care collectives, and projects to provide emergency food and shelter have sprung up or grown exponentially in neighborhoods, cities, and municipalities across the US and across the world.

Such practices of care are not new, however, and feminist theorists, scholars, and activists have been crucial to understanding their dependencies on gendered and racialized labor. Feminist scholars have long tracked capitalism’s disavowed dependence on reproductive labor performed mainly by feminized and queer subjects, positing such subjects as agents of revolution. Black, Indigenous, post-colonial, and women of color feminists have highlighted the double edge of gendered care. On the one hand, it has been relegated to racialized, enslaved, and colonized subjects; on the other hand, its role in social reproduction has been instrumental to the survival, sustenance, and resistance practices of exploited, dispossessed, and colonized people around the globe. Indigenous feminists have been at the forefront of theorizing and building communities of care for not only humans, but also for land, water, and other more-than-human beings. Working both within and outside of academic settings, these theorists have highlighted the material and immaterial forms of labor required for care work, its devaluation and elision as work, and its importance to revolution and resistance.

Building on such traditions of thought, some questions for engagement include:

· What practices and forms of labor generally relegated to feminized, racialized, and/or queer subjects are becoming all the more vital in this moment of overlapping and escalating crises? How are such practices and forms of labor at once recognized as essential and devalued and ignored in an attempt to manage social crisis?

· Insofar as Black communities, communities of color, Indigenous peoples, and queer/trans communities have always experienced the state as the source of violence and privation, how have they developed alternative modes of social reproduction and organization that we might now call “mutual aid?” How might we draw on these alternative traditions to solve crises of today?

· What happens when we re-envision the goals and practices of academia and the university through a framework of care rather than competition and through collaboration rather than discipline?

Topics may include but are not limited to practices of care, mutual aid, and reproductive labor in the context of:

● Emotional, affective, and immaterial labor

● Social reproduction

● Incarceration, punishment, and abolition

● Social institutions of control (i.e., education, foster care, mental health, housing, health care, elder care, workplaces)

● Domestic labor, “care chain”

● Sex work

● Reproductive justice

● Health, medicine, and illness

● Disability

● Displacement, dispossession, and gentrification

● Housing and the unhoused

● Cultural production and artistic or creative practice

● Historical and contemporary activism and organizing, social movements

● Citizenship, migration, asylum, and deportation

● Empire, colonialism, and neo-colonialism

● Climate crisis, environment, and sustainability

● Technology, new media, and digital culture

● Global food production, distribution, and consumption

● White supremacy and white nationalism

● Political repression, fascism, and authoritarianism

We invite abstracts or synopses of in-progress scholarly papers, dissertation or thesis chapters, or article drafts, or in-progress film/mixed media works. This conference is interdisciplinary, and we encourage submissions from all fields of study. Successful submissions will center feminist, anti-racist, intersectional frameworks for understanding practices of care, social reproductive labor, and mutual aid.

Please note: because this year’s Thinking Gender will be happening virtually, graduate student panels will be held as closed workshops rather than as public presentations. All participants of a workshop will be asked to read or view each other’s submissions in advance. Participants will then convene in a Zoom session with a moderator who will offer constructive feedback and facilitate discussion around each submission. We envision this restructuring as a way to engage the conference theme of care and mutual aid, not only through submission content, but also through the event’s logistical structure. The workshops will provide opportunities for thoughtful engagement with each participant’s submission under an ethos of generosity in intellectual engagement as a practice of care and mutual support.

Thinking Gender will feature one public event, an opening keynote panel.


Submission Guidelines

Eligibility

Registered graduate students from any institution are eligible to submit abstracts or synopses of scholarly papers, dissertation or thesis chapters, or article drafts or film/mixed media works to workshop (e.g., a dissertation chapter, a course paper, article draft, short film or documentary that you would like to develop).

Individuals may submit an application to be considered in both categories, but will only be accepted for one (either scholarly papers, dissertation or thesis chapters, or article draft OR film/mixed media submission).

Unpublished submissions are preferred. Recently published and forthcoming articles will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Submissions that are not directly related to the theme, “Care, Mutual Aid, and Reproductive Labor in a Time of Crisis” will not be considered.

Deadline for Abstract/Synopsis Submissions

Deadline for Abstract/Synopsis Submissions: Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 11:59PM PDT

Applicants whose submissions are accepted will be notified by February 26, 2021. All participants will be required to submit the final version of their work-in-progress by March 26, 2021, for pre-circulation among their co-participants and faculty moderator. Please decide on submission proposals in anticipation of having final drafts that can be circulated ready by this date.

Online Application Form

All proposals must be submitted using the online application form.


Application Requirements

Each workshop will include four graduate students, a faculty moderator, and up to three participants from other workshops, who will read and provide detailed feedback and questions for each submission. Panelists will be required to submit the final version of their work-in-progress (not to exceed 20-25 double-spaced pages) by Friday, March 26, 2021, for pre-circulation among their co-participants and faculty moderator.


Scholarly Paper, Dissertation or Thesis Chapter, or Article Draft Application Requirements:

1. Abstract or description (2-3 double-spaced pages maximum) of work to be workshopped that includes: (1) a thesis/research question, (2) discussion of methodology and theoretical framework, (3) explanation of your argument and supporting data, and (4) conclusions or anticipated conclusions.

2. Works Cited or References List (1 page maximum)

3. CV (2 pages maximum)

4. Online application form


Film/Mixed Media Application Requirements:

1. Film/Media Synopsis (2 pages maximum)

2. CV (2 pages maximum)

3. Link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) where Film or Mixed Media can be viewed. Total run-time should not exceed 20 minutes. Note: while links are preferred, smaller files may also be uploaded in jpeg, png, pdf, or mp3/mp4 format on the application platform.

4. Online application form

All materials must be submitted using the online application form.

Deadline for Abstract/Synopsis Submissions: Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 11:59PM PDT

Only complete submissions received by the deadline will be considered.


Questions?

Contact CSW at thinkinggender@women.ucla.edu.

Center for the Study of Women