Jessie Bernard Outstanding Research Proposal from a Feminist Perspective

2019 Recipient – Samuel H. Allen, M.S., LMFT, University of Maryland
“Redoing Gender, Redoing Family: A Qualitative Examination of Parents Negotiating Their Child’s Nonbinary Gender Identity”


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 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.


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. 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 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).

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


May 15: Application deadline. Submit all materials to [email protected]
July 31: The recipient is notified by this date