Jessie Bernard Outstanding Research Proposal from a Feminist Perspective

2017 Recipient – Joy Heafner – University of Connecticut
“A Qualitative Study of Feminist Therapists’ Experiences of Managed Care” 

Purpose

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Jessie Bernard

This award is presented in memory of Jessie Bernard, former NCFR Board Member and pioneer in the field of feminist family studies. Jessie Bernard declared herself a feminist in 1970 and is known for her celebrated description of "his" and "her" marriages. She was a board member of the American Sociological Association, the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, and NCFR. This award recognizes a graduate student/new professional who has demonstrated excellence in research and potential contribution to feminist scholarship.

Award

The winner receives a $750 cash award to fund feminist research, up to $350 in travel allowance, up to $95 towards NCFR Annual Conference registration to accept the award, and a plaque. A summary of the recipient's research results will be published in the Feminism and Family Studies Section Newsletter, and the recipient will be expected to present a report of their project and findings at the next NCFR Annual Conference.

Criteria

Nominees should be graduate students or new professionals with up to five years post-doctoral work. Proposals will be reviewed for their potential contribution to feminist scholarship about families and the use of feminist frameworks and methods.

Membership in NCFR or the FF Section is not required.

Nomination/application process

The application 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 fewer;
  • 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).

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

Deadlines

April 15: Application deadline. Submit all materials to [email protected]
July 31: The winner will be notified by this date.