2020 Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research for Young Female Researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Application Deadline: February 9th 2020

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is now accepting nominations for researchers from the Global South for the 2020 Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research, which honors the legacy of a visionary leader whose contributions to the feminist and social justice movements are evident across the world.

Dr. Paula Kantor, Senior Scientist of Gender and Development at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and former Senior Rural Development Specialist at ICRW died in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 13, 2015.

In the spirit of Paula’s legacy of supporting applied research to advance the economic and social well-being of women in low-income and otherwise marginalized communities worldwide, this annual award is given to a young professional female researcher from the Global South doing field research related to ICRW’s mission, along with a US$2,500 cash prize.

The recipient of the award will also have the ability to present in front of an esteemed global audience, comprising those in the development, business, NGO and government sectors – and will receive opportunities to promote their research on www.icrw.org and across our social media channels.

The selection jury for the Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research will be made up of distinguished professionals in the development, gender, academic, policy and research sectors.

Criteria for eligibility
• The award is open to women researchers under the age of 40 who are
citizens of countries located in the Global South;
• The research or body of work may be conducted in any country, including the
United States, but must take place in low-income or otherwise marginalized
communities, with a primary focus on gender equity and women’s and girls’
• The social science research should contribute to filling gaps in evidence,
which are important to understanding the best solutions for improving the
lives of women, girls and other marginalized populations. The research
methodology may utilize quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods;

Outcomes of the research should have been shared with the research
community, and/or with relevant stakeholders with respect to the nominees’
• Findings should have been disseminated through relevant reports, peerreviewed journal articles, book chapters, multi-media campaigns or similar
communications channels. Co-authored publications or joint dissemination
activities are also permissible.
• Research that is being undertaken as part of an advanced degree
requirement is not eligible. For research of this nature, please see ICRW’s
Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award.

Guidelines for nominations
• Nominations must be made by a third-party. Researchers cannot nominate
• The professional work for which a nominee is being nominated must be based
primarily in a low-income or otherwise marginalized community;
• For nominations to be considered, the nomination form and the questionnaire
highlighting the nominee’s contributions and why they’re deserving of the award
must be fully completed. Responses on the questionnaire should be focused
and succinct and document the impact and relevance of the nominee’s
contributions. A curriculum vitae and biography must also be included in
nomination submission.

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