Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award

 
 
ABOUT THE AWARD (Application for 2015-2016 are no longer accepted)
 
Award Background

Re:Gender's founding President, Dr. Mariam K. Chamberlainpassed away at the age of 94 in April 2013. She was a true visionary whose contributions to the feminist and social justice movements can be seen across the world by generations of women. Mariam was a key force in shaping and launching the women’s studies and academic research movements in the U.S. and worldwide through her  work as a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation in the 1960s and 1970s. She provided the strategic vision, funding and support to launch university and college-based centers and freestanding policy institutes focused on women’s issues. Mariam helped build a network of dedicated and accomplished leaders committed to advancing women, especially in academia, and helped cultivate lasting institutional support for their work.

In 1981, Mariam was the inspiration for the organization's founding, with a goal at the time to further support the movement she helped to create. Under her leadership, the organization increased and promoted research on women, built alliances for synergistic work, and advanced research into policy applications. Her vision has evolved into a dynamic network of thought leaders and change agents working to ensure more fully informed debates, policies and practices, thereby contributing to a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls, their families and their communities. 

 

Purpose of Award

Through a generous $100,000 matching grant from the Ford Foundation, the organization established the Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award to honor and extend Mariam’s vision. The Award enables Re:Gender to continue Mariam’s work promoting mentorship as well as high-level scholarship. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award creates an opportunity for a first-generation college graduate, including immigrant students, to continue working on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over an academic year.

 

Prize

$10,000 will be awarded annually: $8,500 to a graduate student (preference is to award a student who identifies as a woman); and $1,500 to the student's dissertation advisor for travel expenses related to the Award (i.e., travel to the Award’s announcement at the beginning of the Award period and the student's presentation of excerpts from the dissertation at the Award's conclusion; both will take place at Re:Gender's Annual Summits).

 

Project Topic/Focus

The student’s dissertation must be related to Re:Gender's mission to end gender inequity and its three program focus areas: Identity (social construction of gender, including intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ability, geography, etc., as well as discrimination based on gender); Economic well-being (issues of economic justice, work fairness and business leadership); and Thriving environments (from personal safety, e.g., sexual assault, to community and global concerns, e.g., climate change and civic leadership). 

 

Activities During Award Period

The winning student will work on the dissertation with the guidance of the dissertation advisor based on a jointly conceived project plan. The student and advisor will meet with the organization and/or Selection Committee by phone at mid-year to share updates about progress, unexpected successes or difficulties, etc. The graduate student will present excerpts from the dissertation at the organization's annual summit during the same year the Award comes to a close. The advisor will be required to attend as well. During the award period, the winning student must remain in good academic standing. 

 

Selection Criteria

  • 1st generation college graduate (includes immigrant students) 
  • Topic is related to the organization’s mission to end gender inequity and its three program focus areas: Identity (social construction of gender, including intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ability, geography, etc., as well as discrimination based on gender); Economic well-being (issues of economic justice, work fairness and business leadership); and Thriving environments (from personal safety, e.g., sexual assault, to community and global, e.g., climate change and civic leadership, concerns)
  • Eligible students are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or non-citizens. However, the student must be enrolled at an accredited institution based in the U.S. and pursing a PhD
  • Student must have completed all course work; have a dissertation advisor; and expect to have passed all preliminary examinations (i.e., ABD status) by the time the award begins in August 2015
  • Student’s PhD will not be completed before May 2016
  • Applicant demonstrates scholarly excellence
  • Originality of project and its relevance to ending gender inequity  

 

Selection Committee

Committee Chair: Donna Shavlik, Principal, The Timberland Group (Council board member emeritus)

Alison Bernstein, Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University

Gail Cooper, VP for Programs, National Council for Research on Women

Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Jennifer Christine Nash, Professor, Columbian College of Arts and Science, George Washington University

Beverly Tatum, President, Spelman College