Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal for Research in Family Policy

2019 Recipient - Melissa Rector LaGraff, M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
"Workplace Flexibility, Work-Family Guilt, and Parenting Behavior of Parents of Young Children"


The award is presented in memory of Harold Feldman and Margaret Feldman, NCFR members and pioneers in the field of family policy. The award recognizes a graduate student or new professional who has demonstrated excellence in research and potential contribution to family policy studies, particularly in the areas of gender/women's issues or poverty.


The recipient receives a $250 cash award and a plaque. He/she is expected to present a brief report on the project and related findings at the following NCFR Annual Conference. This award is given annually and presented at a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.


Nominees should be:

  • graduate students or new professionals who plan on conducting research on family policy issues or research that has family policy implications; and
  • current members in NCFR and the Family Policy Section.

Nomination/application process

Please provide:

  • an abstract of 100 words or less describing the proposed research project;
  • a five-page (maximum) proposal outlining the project's theoretical foundation, research methods, and potential contribution to the field of family policy;
  • half-page budget;
  • current resume or curriculum vitae;
  • full contact information (name, affiliation, phone number, postal address, and email address); and
  • two references (one should be for a thesis or dissertation advisor, department or division chair, or faculty advisor. The second should be for a faculty member in the applicant's major academic field. Both should emphasize the applicant's interest and background in family policy, as well as his/her potential for a successful career.)


May 1: Application deadline. Submit all application materials to the FP Section Student and New Professional representative.
July 31: The recipient is notified by this date