Grant Information

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ORWAC Research Development Grant

Next Deadline April 1, 2021

Every year, ORWAC awards Research Development Grants. 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 concerned with gender, intersectionality, oppression, and/or social change. Of particular interest are projects that privilege and advance understandings about the intersections of gender and race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexuality, and class. ORWAC especially encourages projects centering queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming politics; race and racialization; postcolonial and decolonial theories; dis/ability; labor; transnationalism; and critical examiniations of masculinity and other gendered forms of hegemony. Submissions should display a substantive commitment to intersectionality that infuses the whole of the research, rather than denoting superficial attention to marginalized groups.

Applicants’ research projects may be at any stage at time of submission and 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
  • 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:
    • Executive officers of ORWAC are ineligible for the grants.
  • 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

2020 Research Grant Application


  • Applications are due April 1, 2021 by noon (PST). 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 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 displays a substantive commitment to intersectionality
  3. The overall quality of a submitted proposal
  4. The potential and/or likelihood for intellectual contribution to scholarship in the field of Communication on feminism, gender, intersectionality, oppression, and/or social change.
  5. The potential and/or likelihood for scholarly dissemination such as a conference paper, thesis, dissertation or book chapter, journal article, or creative project. 

The call for grant applications and the application form are posted to this website at the start of each calendar year. Applications are due at the beginning of April and awards are announced in June. 


History of the ORWAC Research Development Grant

In November 2007 at an Executive Officers' meeting, Michelle A. Holling (then President) presented fellow officers with a proposal to establish a scholarship or grant for ORWAC members. The grant was conceived as a way to invest in feminist scholars who help support the future of ORWAC and contribute to the growth of feminist communication scholarship. After much discussion about the feasibility of implementing a grant program, officers were unanimous in their support for beginning the “ORWAC Research Development Grant.” In the months that followed, officers contributed to crafting the grant call and teasing out specifics for the review and award process.  Promotion for the grant began in the January 2008 newsletter with formal announcement at the 2008 ORWAC Business Meeting, Western States Communication Association conference.

As stated in the call "Grants are designed to assist feminist scholars completing research or creative projects concerned with gender, intersectionality, oppression, or social change."

For a list of past recipients and their projects and/or additional information for the current call consult the links to the right.