Jessie Bernard Outstanding Research Proposal from a Feminist Perspective

2023 Recipient – Jordan C. Reuter, M.A.


Jessie Bernard

This award is presented in memory of Jessie Bernard, former NCFR Board Member and pioneer in the field of feminist Family Science. Jessie Bernard declared herself a feminist in 1970 and is known for her celebrated work examining the influence of sexism on women’s experiences in marriage, parenting, and society. She was a board member of the American Sociological Association, the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, and NCFR. Her work was instrumental in foregrounding gender in Family Science and since then feminist family scholars have challenged sexist, racist, classist, ableist, and heterosexist biases within our field. In honor of her legacy, the purpose of this award is to celebrate rigorous feminist family scholarship that queries and problematizes the numerous biases and systems of privilege and oppression within family science and society.


The recipient receives a $750 cash award to fund feminist research, up to $350 in travel allowance, up to $95 toward the NCFR Annual Conference registration to accept the award, and a plaque. Recipients are expected to present a report of their project and findings at the next NCFR Annual Conference. The award is presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.


Nominees should be graduate students or new professionals with up to five years post-doctoral work. Membership in NCFR or the FF Section is not required.

Proposals will be reviewed for their potential contribution to feminist scholarship about families and the use of feminist frameworks and methods. Specifically, proposals will be ranked in six categories: 1) Use of Feminist Frameworks/Methods Challenging Biases within Family Science, 2) Theory Application, 3) Methodological Soundness, 4) Communication and Written Skills, 5) Contribution to Future Feminist and Family Science Scholarship, and 6) Feasibility. To view the detailed reviewer guidelines, scroll to the bottom of this webpage.

Nomination/application process

The applicant should submit a:

  • Cover letter (Authors should identify themselves only in cover letters so that all entries can be reviewed anonymously. Remove all identifying references from the paper or proposal submissions);
  • Abstract of 100 words or less;
  • Five-page (maximum) double-spaced proposal in 12-point font, outlining the project's purpose, theoretical foundation, research methods, and potential contribution to feminist scholarship;
  • Reference list; and
  • Budget (half-page).
  • Please submit your abstract, proposal, reference list, and budget in one PDF

Only one submission per category will be accepted from any applicant.


May 15: Application deadline. Submissions should go through the form found at:
July 31: The recipient is notified by this date

Any questions can be sent directly to Erin Lavender-Stott ([email protected])