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Call for Grant Applications

2021 ORWAC Research Grants

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.

Application Requirements

  • Be a current member of ORWAC (ORWAC membership is independent of WSCA).
    • Applicants are responsible for becoming members or ensuring their membership is current before submitting the grant application. You can join or renew your membership online: http://www.orwac.org/membership.html.  
  • Executive officers of ORWAC are ineligible for the grants.
  • Submit a single PDF document containing the completed application form, budget, and current curriculum vita. Grant applications retrievable from http://www.orwac.org.
  • Forward application materials electronically (PDF or Word document) to: Dr. Leslie J. Harris, Immediate Past President, at HarrisL@uwm.edu.
  • Within one year of receipt of a grant, awardees agree to submit a one page report detailing the results of the submitted project and use of funds to the Immediate Past President at HarrisL@uwm.edu.


  • Applications are due April 1, 2021 by noon (CST). Late proposals will not be reviewed.
  • Applicants will be notified by June, with funds being distributed shortly thereafter.

Review Process

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. 



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