Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Graduate Student Grants

Graduate Student Grant for Research on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity

Deadline: February 16, 2018

Open to all Ohio State University Ph.D. Candidates & MFA or Terminal Masters Research.
Through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Critical Difference for Women Program at The Ohio State University will award approximately 5-8 dissertation and terminal Masters/MFA grants this year. Grants are intended to fund research and other activities that go into the preparation of a dissertation, thesis for a terminal Masters, or an MFA project. The grants competition is administered by the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants Committee, made up of 9 faculty from 5 Colleges. The number of grants depends on availability of funds and grants may not exceed $1,200 for a 12-month period.


  • Encourage analysis and research on the perspectives, experiences, and issues of interest to women in both the U.S. and abroad;
  • Promote the development of knowledge, theories, representations, and/or research designs that improve understanding of women’s lives and gender issues;
  • Promote interdisciplinary and discipline-based scholarship that expands the boundaries of diverse academic disciplines to incorporate issues of gender and studies of women;
  • Support gender research and performances that include a focus on diversity or understudied issues/groups.
Applications for graduate studies grants for dissertation research may be submitted by Ph.D. candidates who will have passed general examinations prior to the award period or, at latest, by December 2018. Failure to meet this condition will result in withdrawal of an award.  We regret that we cannot provide funding for dissertation writing, only for research. Only those who have never received a Coca-Cola CDW grant are eligible. 
Students who are required to submit a thesis or a project to fulfill requirements for a terminal Masters, MBA, or MFA also may be eligible. The student’s advisor must verify in their letter that the thesis or project is a requirement and that a Masters or equivalent degree is the terminal degree in the student’s field at the national level. Only those who have never received a Coca-Cola CDW grant are eligible.

Utilization of Funds

Grants may be used for research-related travel and receipted expenses, research or administrative assistance, reproduction and data processing costs, research services, payment to human subjects, and to purchase relevant materials, software, or small equipment. Research grants may not be used to pay for typing and copying of dissertations or theses nor may they be used for payment of student tuition and fees, release time, child care, or summer support. 
The grant period will begin July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Funds will be disbursed to your departmental fiscal officer for management. Only expenses incurred within the grant period of July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 are eligible. All unused funds will revert back to the program at that time. No funds will be disbursed to your department until students have provided written proof of having passed general examinations and of having received IRB approval (if relevant) even if either or both take place after July 1, 2018.
If you receive other funding to cover the same expenses for which you requested funding from this grant competition, you will need to notify us and amend your budget accordingly. 

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 
  • relation to the objectives of the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Graduate Studies Research Grants; 
  • contribution to the applicant’s field;
  • reasonableness of the research design/analysis or activity for the subject matter or of the preparations leading to the final product or performance;
  • feasibility of the proposed research/activity and;
  • significance of the proposed project for advancing scholarship or knowledge of women/gender issues.

Application Requirements

All proposals should include:
  1. Abstract of 50-100 words that can be used for a press release is needed. Please include the title and your name above the abstract.
  2. Narrative plus one page Bibliography. The narrative should not exceed 1500 words and should should include: (1) Research Objectives: Indicate the key research questions or hypotheses OR the rationale for the terminal Masters or MFA project; how they are significant to scholarship, knowledge, representation, and/or gender analysis in the applicant’s field; and how the proposed project relates to the objectives of the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants; (b) Theoretical Framework: Indicate the theoretical framework, concepts, and/or perspective guiding the study or project; provide a brief but adequate summary of the literature; and indicate the significance and expected contribution of the proposed research to your field; (c) Methods or Procedures: Where relevant, explain the methodology you will use, sources of data/information/texts, and plans for analysis, interpretation or representation; (d) Time Line: Describe the research or project plan, indicating the anticipated time schedule for various activities. When relevant, indicate the progress already made or relation to prior or ongoing research or other projects. If the grant maximum of $1,200 is less than anticipated expenses, indicate the expected source of additional funds.
  3. Curriculum Vitae of no more than 3 pages
  4. If human subjects are involved, you'll need IRB Human Subjects Approval or Waiver (you do not need this at the time of application but will for disbursement of funds)
  5. Budget
  6. Advisor’s Letter (your advisor will send this directly to the department by the grant deadline). 

Deadline: All materials must be received no later than February 16, 2018. Final decisions will be announced April 2018. 

Continued Commitment 

At the end of the grant period, a brief, 1-2 page written report must be submitted to the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This report should indicate what was achieved as a result of receiving the grant, including any publications, products, or presentations, other grants obtained, etc. Reports are used by the Department to account for fund use during audits and to support requests for continued funding of the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Graduate Studies Research Grants.
All publications and performances, dissertations or theses supported by a grant should acknowledge the support of the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Graduate Studies Research Grants and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Important: Recipients are responsible for living up to the terms of the grant. Failure to make adequate progress in the timeframe allotted or misuse of funds will result in the suspension of the grant.