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The CFWP Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Community, Families & Work Program (CFWP) at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University conducts methodologically innovative, policy-oriented research to enhance family well-being. CFWP actively engages with the media and policy makers to bring our findings to the attention of those who will most benefit from them.

CFWP encourages the development of an outstanding researcher through the CFWP Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Eligibility and Selection

Any student currently enrolled in a doctoral program in a relevant field is eligible to apply. The Dissertation proposal must be approved by an advisor or committee before the grant application is submitted.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Originality
  2. Appropriateness of Research Design
  3. Scholarly Importance
  4. Feasibility
  5. Benefit of project to the community, families and work field
  6. Academic excellence of the candidate

The Application Process

All applicants should email a letter of intent to the address below by January 1, 2005.

All applicants should submit an electronic copy (MS Word or WordPerfect) of the following materials by February 15, 2005:

  • Cover page listing the applicant’s name, university and department name, advisor’s name, and the title of the proposed project. Your name and contact information should only appear on this page.
  • A 100-word abstract of the project, including the title and a succinct summary of the principal objectives and goals of the project.
  • A proposal presenting a description of the research to be undertaken, including brief statements of background, significance, and rationale of the project. The methods section should include the description of how variables will be operationally defined and a data analysis plan. The body of the proposal (not including timeline, budget, etc.) should not exceed six double-spaced pages.
  • Timetable for execution and completion of the project.
  • Budget of up to $2,000 to cover the costs of conducting the research; e.g., computer time, duplicating, payments to subjects, and the like. A maximum of $1,200 of this may be used as a stipend. Please include a brief justification (2-3 paragraphs total) for items requested.
  • Curriculum vitae, including social security number, permanent home address, and the name, phone number, email address, and mailing address of a reference.
  • One copy of a letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the applicant’s ability to conduct the proposed research should be sent directly to the Women’s Studies Research Center (see address below) by regular mail.

We will not consider incomplete proposals.

Winner Obligations

The student receiving the award will provide CFWP with:

  • Acknowledgement of CFWP’s support in the dissertation and any resulting publications,
  • A final accounting of how the funds were spent,
  • A copy of the completed dissertation, and
  • Copies of any other papers based on the project.

Application Deadline:

Proposals must be emailed by February 15, 2005.
Number of Awards per Year: 1
Notification of Award: May 1, 2005
Formal Award Announcement: May 12, 2005 at the Journalism-Work/Family Conference in Boston
Award Amount: $2,000

Proposals and requests for additional information should be addressed to:

Donna Ellis, Program Manager
Community, Families & Work Program
Brandeis University
Women’s Studies Research Center
Mailstop 079, 515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453-2720
Tel: 781-736-4883
Fax: 781-736-4881
Email: ellis@brandeis.edu