Faculty Scholars Grant

The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) offers UNC-Chapel Hill faculty an opportunity to receive a Faculty Scholar award for the academic year 2020-2021. Three Faculty Scholars are selected yearly. Each Faculty Scholar will receive funding of up to $10,000 to support a scholarly project. Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in CWC events and meet with CWC staff, former CWC Faculty Scholars, and invited scholars from other centers or departments.

Proposed projects should address topics related to women, sex, gender equity, and/or all intersections of gender. Thus, projects may focus on a wide range of questions. They could explore any of the following: gendered identities and experiences, including but not limited to femininities, masculinities, and gender non-conforming identities and experiences; intersectional analyses of gender; differences based on sex; difference and diversity within and between categories; and gender equity and gender equality. Projects might also bring a gendered analysis to bear on topics seemingly not connected to gender. Projects should clearly articulate how they fulfill this requirement, and we welcome projects from all units of the University.

Projects may take the form of teaching, research, engaged scholarship, or service. Projects that include opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to develop meaningful skills and experiences and/or that foster inter-departmental or interdisciplinary collaboration are especially welcome.

The activities of the Carolina Women’s Center focus on issues central to students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows on college and university campuses. Please see our About page for more detail. If you have questions about whether your project is suitable for this award, please contact Shauna Cooper, Faculty Chair of the Awards Committee, at shauna.cooper@unc.edu.

Application: Submit the following materials  via email to cwcawards@unc.edu by 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2020.

  • The complete applicant information form (pdf and MS Word)
  • A full CV
  • A description of your project (5 double-spaced pages maximum, including citations)
  • A 1-page budget (not included in 5-page project description limit)
  • Letter of endorsement from your chair/director/dean (this requirement has changed slightly; please see application for more detail)

Requirements of Faculty Scholars: Faculty Scholars must make a public presentation about their project or their work-in-progress (usually during the following Fall semester) and write a column about their work for the CWC newsletter. They are encouraged to participate in CWC programs and activities and to assist in planning other events related to the subject of their scholarly activity at the Center. Faculty Scholars may also be asked in future years to serve as a member of the selection committee.

Timeline: A call for applications is issued each fall to all faculty for the following academic year, with applications due in the Spring semester. Scholars are selected by a committee comprised of former Faculty Scholars and other faculty members from various disciplines and are generally announced at the end of the Spring semester. Funds are provided to the faculty member’s home department at the beginning of the award fiscal year.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria. Proposals are welcome from all full-time faculty (fixed-term, tenured, or tenure-track) and from part-time faculty with at least a .5FTE appointment, regardless of sex, gender identity, or gender expression. Applicants should have a minimum of three or more years of service in a faculty appointment in any department, center, or school of the University by the start of the grant. Applicants must have endorsement from their chair, director, or dean that describes how the project will contribute to the applicant’s ability to achieve career milestones. A committee of faculty appointed by the Director of the Carolina Women’s Center will review applications and provide recommendations to the Director.

Applications will be judged on the basis of the following:

  • Significance of the project;
  • Appropriate and feasible methods;
  • Clarity and reasonableness of budget;
  • Potential of the project to include opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students to develop meaningful skills and experiences and/or engage other campus units or foster interdisciplinary collaboration; and
  • Access to other forms of support for the proposed project, whether in terms of funding or research leave. The CWC is interested in having maximum impact with its limited faculty scholar budget. Additional resources are neither required nor expected but can be a plus when they enable a high-quality project to be successful with only $10,000 from the CWC. At the same time, the contribution of the CWC should not be trivial within the scope of the project.

Please contact Shauna Cooper, Faculty Chair of the Awards Committee, at shauna.cooper@unc.edu. with questions about the application or process.