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 criteria 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.
  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, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso,
  • 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 2020


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

Past recipients (for details, see Activism page):

  • 2020: Akanksha Mehta
  • 2018: LucasDonna Hedlund, Aggie Hirst and Chris Rossdale (Conference at the Gates)
  • 2017: Melanie Richter-Montpetit