About the Award

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) created the Inclusion and Transformation Sub-Committee in 2019 to decenter whiteness and western-dominated perspectives in the workings of the ISA generally and FTGS in particular in order to move beyond “diversity” and provoke transformative change in the field. The committee oversees the annual FTGS Convention Award in support of applicants committed to feminist perspectives and affiliated with or graduating from institutions that do not enjoy significant resource and geographical privilege, with non-western, marginalized, and precaritized scholars given first consideration. Among that group, priority is given to those in their final years of graduate work completion through to their first years of their post-doctoral career.

Awardees should have a paper accepted for presentation at the ISA Convention. Nominees should demonstrate in their application their need for the award; a lack of institutional support, including precarity; and the significance of their participation in the Convention. While nominees do not need to be members of ISA or FTGS, their application should demonstrate an intention of forward-looking engagement with the FTGS Section, ISA organization, and ISA conventions. Awardees must become members of ISA and FTGS to receive the award, and a portion of the award funds can be used to this end.

General Information

For the 2021 ISA Convention, which will take place online, four awards are available at the value of $400US each. Funds will be disbursed upon proof of registration and paper acceptance and ISA/FTGS membership. No receipts or expense forms will be required: the award is in the full sum, to be disposed of in the manner that best supports convention participation for the awardees. In regular years, that may include travel, accommodation, visas, childcare or other care, etc. In light of the online format of the 2021 ISA Convention, costs may be used to cover technology, internet access, child or other care, etc., in supporting participation of the recipient remotely. If needed the award may be used to cover membership costs to ISA/FTGS (Please note that membership is a stipulation for fund disbursement, but not for nomination). 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA/FTGS (though this is not a requirement at point of nomination)
  2. Nominations/Applicants are asked to submit their CV and a 1-page letter outlining their case for support, detailing the following:
    • The significance of their presentation and of their attendance at the annual convention to their ongoing research program (e.g., response to referee/ evaluation)
    • Projected costs of attendance, including technology needs for remote access
    • Any institutional support or alternative resources available
    • Intention of ongoing engagement with the FTGS Section, ISA organization, and ISA conventions
    • Any other information establishing their status as late graduate students/early career scholars who lack geographical and other privilege; engage from non-western, marginalized populations/perspectives; and/or experience precarity as scholars


  • A $400.00 (USD) cash prize will be awarded to four recipients

Selection Process

  • The FTGS Inclusion and Transformation Sub-Committee will inform applicants of the outcome in late January 2021.
  • Applications should be sent to the Sub-Committee Chair Theresa de Langis, email theresa.delangis@gmail.com, by 15 JANUARY 2021.