About the Award:

This award recognizes an early career feminist scholar for innovative and outstanding community engagement. This engagement could include traditional academic engagement in research, teaching and service, as well as policy impact, public awareness and/or activism. The aim of the award is to recognize those efforts to build communities and forge conversations about issues that are relevant to the FTGS but which often go unacknowledged or unrewarded by academic institutions.


  1. The key criterion for this award is the outstanding and innovative quality of engagement that the nominee has pioneered with relevant communities (academic and/or non-academic). The emphasis will be on the quality of engagement rather than the quantity.
  2. Recipients must be a current member of FTGS and ISA at the time of the award.
  3. Nominees should have a PhD but not yet received tenure or equivalent promotions.
  4. Early career is loosely defined to account for diverse and nonlinear career paths.

Application process:

  • Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Award Committee, Amanda Chisholm.
  • Nominations should include a copy of the nominee’s CV and a letter of support. The letter should speak to the contributions made by the nominee and explain their importance.
  • Nominations can be made by anyone in the profession or by the relevant community group.
  • The deadline for nominations is 30 September 2021


  • Recipients receive a $500.00 (USD) cash prize and a certificate.

Selection process:

The winner will be selected by the FTGS Award Committee and the award will be presented at the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section business meeting during the ISA Annual Conventions.


  • 2022: Anwar Mhajne and Shenila KhojaMoolji
  • 2021: Yolanda Bouka and Jaira Harrington
  • 2020: Akanksha Mehta: Dr Akanksha Metha’s work focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and ‘everyday’ politics and violence. As an educator and researcher, she is fully committed to engage students and colleagues in critical, intersectional, and decolonial approaches. Her commitment to using the classroom as a space to challenge and re-shape practices should be highlighted here. She has worked actively to link her research to activist praxis. This is evident in her engagement with the Goldsmith’s Anti-Racism Action campaign and the Goldsmith’s Workers Action Group, reaching out to all workers within her local community. Her work seeks to both challenge the structures of power at the heart of the academy and instigate collective action to promote the rights of workers both within the academy and beyond. 
  • 2018: LucasDonna Hedlund, Aggie Hirst and Chris Rossdale (Conference at the Gates)
  • 2017: Melanie Richter-Montpetit