2009 WOC Dissertation Scholarships in Soc Deadline April 1

Sociologists for Women in Society invite applications for the 2009 Women of Color Dissertation Scholarship. All applications are due no later than April 1, 2009.


Scholarship Purpose

Sociologists for Women in Society, has worked hard to build a coalition of women scholars who share concerns about the status of women both domestically and internationally. In keeping with that mission, SWS established a Women of Color Scholarship at its annual meeting in February 2007. The primary purposes of the scholarship are:

  1. To offer support to female scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally.
  2. To increase the participation of students of color in SWS.

Selection Criteria

  1. Student must be a woman from a racial/ethnic group facing racial discrimination in the United States.
  2. Dissertation must be sociologically relevant scholarship that addresses the concerns of Women of Color, domestically and/or internationally.
  3. Student must be in the early stages of writing a dissertation.
  4. Student must be “All But Dissertation” (ABD) by the time the term of the award begins. (Must be certified by the student’s advisor or Graduate Director)
  5. Applicant must demonstrate a financial need for the award.
  6. Domestic and international students are eligible to apply.


The winner will receive a $15,000 scholarship, a plaque and SWS membership for one year. In addition the recipient will receive free registration for both the summer and winter meetings, along with an additional $500 grant to enable attendance at the winter meeting.

Student Application Process

Complete application packets should be sent to the SWS Executive Office at the address below. Each packet must include:

  1. A personal statement which details short and long term career and research goals. The letter must also state which racial/ethnic group(s) the applicant represents.
  2. A resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation addressing the content and quality of the student’s work and progress in the program. One of these letters must be from the Graduate Director or Advisor, who should address the financial need of the applicant as well as certify the date on which the applicant became or will become ABD. Each letter should be placed in a sealed envelope with author’s signature over the seal. LETTERS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKET WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  4. Proposal (not to exceed 5 pages) for the dissertation research which outlines:


  • Purpose of research
  • Work to be accomplished through scholarship sponsorship
  • Time line for completing dissertation


Responsibilities of Recipient

  • Attend the summer and winter meetings. Free registration and a $500 stipend will be available to the winner for this purpose.
  • Submit a brief report (3 pages max) on the work completed during the scholarship year, no later than 1 month after the end of the award period. This report should be mailed to the SWS executive office to the attention of the ‘Women of Color Scholarship Committee.’


SWS Executive Office
University of Rhode Island
Department of Sociology
Kingston, RI  02881

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