2020 International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research

Deadline: February 9, 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.


1. The award is open to women researchers under the age of 40 who are citizens of countries located in the Global South

2. 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’ empowerment

3. 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

4. Outcomes of the research should have been shared with the research community, and/or with relevant stakeholders with respect to the nominees’ work

5. 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.

6. 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.


The award is presented at an ICRW event, along with a cash prize of $2,500.


1. Nominations must be made by a third-party. Researchers cannot nominate themselves

2. The professional work for which a nominee is being nominated must be based primarily in a low-income or otherwise marginalized community

3. 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.

4. Nominators should complete the nomination form and questionnaire and submit the additionally required documentation electronically in PDF format to awards@icrw.org by the February 9th deadline. An email confirmation will be sent acknowledging submission.

OFFICIAL LINK: https://www.icrw.org/news/icrw-accepting-nominations-for-2020-paula-kantor-award/

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