Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants, Graduate Student

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Open to graduate students campus wide.

Through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Critical Difference for Women Program at the Ohio State University will award up to 10 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 faculty members from 5 Colleges. The number of grants depends on availability of funds and grants may not exceed $1,000 for a 12-month period. Requests for smaller amounts will be highly competitive; in some cases, partial funding for a proposal may be possible.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Eligibility:

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. 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.

No funds will be disbursed prior to the start date of the grant (July 1st) and no funds will be disbursed until a student has passed general examinations even if this takes place after July 1st. Expenses incurred prior to July 1st cannot be reimbursed.

Students who must 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 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. See the explanation of covered expenses and application requirements below. Only those who have never received a Coca-Cola CDW grant are eligible.

No funds will be disbursed prior to the start date of the grant (July 1st) and no funds will be disbursed until a student has passed general examinations even if this takes place after July 1st. Expenses incurred prior to July 1st cannot be reimbursed.

To receive a grant, a student must be enrolled at the university at least part time during the term of the grant.

Application Requirements:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Preliminary Budget Sheet
  • Abstract
  • Narrative plus a one page Bibliography

The narrative should not exceed 1200 words and should include the following:

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 Graduate Studies Research Grants.

Theoretical Framework: Indicate the theoretical framework, concepts and/or issues, and perspective guiding the study; provide a brief but adequate summary of the literature; and indicate the significance and expected contribution of the proposed research to your field.

Methods and Procedures: Explain the methodology you will use (where relevant), sources of data/information/texts, and the plans for analysis, interpretation or representation.

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 $1,000 is less than anticipated expenses, indicate the expected source of additional funds. Do not exceed word or page limits.

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume¬†
  • Advisor's Letter

The advisor's letter should be submitted under a separate cover and should include the status of the proposed project, its quality and expected significance. For Masters theses or projects, the advisor should state whether or not the proposed project is a requirement and whether or not the Masters is a terminal degree in her/his field. Have the advisor send the letter directly to Cathy Rakowski at rakowski.1@osu.edu.

  • IRB Human Subject Approval

Research involving human subjects must comply with OSU guidelines for IRB approval, which can be obtained by contacting the OSU Research Foundation at orrp.osu.edu/irb/. Documentation of IRB approval or a statement of why approval does not apply must be provided before any funds will be released.

Utilization of Grant Funds:

The grant period will begin July 1, 2013 and will end on June 31, 2014; unused funds will revert back after the end date. Funds are disbursed only on the basis of receipts submitted for approved expenses, only for expenses incurred during the grant period, and only to students who are enrolled at least part time, including at the time use of grant funds is requested.

The following items will usually be considered appropriate for inclusion in the budget: research assistance, payment to human subjects, travel necessary to the conduct of research, copying of research materials, supplies and research materials, software, mailing, and related expenses. Research grants may not be used to pay for typing and copying of dissertations nor may they be used for payment of student fees, release time, or summer support.

Evaluation 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 for the subject matter or of the preparations leading to the final product or performance
  • feasibility of the proposed research; and significance of the proposed project for scholarship, understanding, or knowledge of women/gender issues

Commitments:

At the end of the grant period a brief, one to two-page report must be submitted to the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This report should include a final accounting of funds and indicate the progress made, including any publications, products, or presentations, other grants obtained, etc. Reports are used by the Department to account for funds during audits and to support requests for continued funding of the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Graduate Studies Research Grants.

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.

How to Submit a Proposal:

  • Submit one (1) electronic copy to Cathy Rakowski at rakowski.1@osu.edu
  • Submit four (4) copies of all application materials to:

Cathy Rakowski C/O Andy Cavins

Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

286 University Hall

230 N. Oval Mall

230 W 17th Ave

Columbus, OH 43210

Application Materials

Deadline:

All materials must be received no later than Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Questions can be directed to Cathy Rakowski at rakowski.1@osu.edu . If you have any problem accessing the forms from this site, please contact Andy Cavins at cavins.1@osu.edu