The 15th Annual Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award encourages original and significant research about sex, gender and/or women by UIC doctoral students. The award is open to UIC doctoral students in any field who have completed the requirements for candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal by the application deadline. Award(s) will range from $500-$1,000.

To apply for the award, please submit:

  1. Cover Letter:
    • A cover letter addressed to the “Dan Award Review Committee.” The cover letter should include the title of the proposal, the applicant’s contact information (email, phone, and address), and the name of the applicant’s advisor. In addition, the cover letter should briefly address the following questions:
      • How has your academic training prepared you to accomplish the proposed research?
      • How will receiving the Dan Award, which typically ranges from $500 to $1000, award help you in your research?
  1. Award Application:
    • Award applications should be no more than 5 double-spaced pages. Please use 1-inch margins and a standard 12-point font (e.g. Arial, Times New Roman, etc.)
    • Applications must include:
      • Summary of research (200 words or less)
      • Significance of research for women and/or gender
      • Research methods
      • Progress to date
      • Timetable for completion
      • Budget
      • Bibliography/References cited (reference list does not count towards the 5-page limit)
  1. Additional Supporting Materials:
  • Two letters of reference (one from dissertation advisor documenting approval of dissertation research). Reference letters may be sent separately.

Review criteria include: potential for contribution to research on women and/or gender, originality and significance to the major field, explanation of research methodology, academic preparation and ability to accomplish the work, feasibility of timetable for completion, and feasibility of budget.

Complete applications should be submitted in PDF format and e-mailed to Kris Zimmermann at kzimme3@uic.edu.

The submission deadline is Friday, June 3, 2016. Applicants who have defended their dissertations prior to the submission deadline will be excluded. Winners will be announced in July 2016.

For more information contact Kris Zimmermann at (312) 413-4251 or kzimme3@uic.edu. Visit the Dan Dissertation Award web page at http://crwg.uic.edu/crwg-home/dan-dissertation-award/ to view past awardees.