Congratulations to the 2023 Winter Award Winners!

Awards with the April 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time deadline are: 

  • Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship
  • Beth B. Hess Memorial Dissertation Scholarship
  • Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship
  • Social Actions Initiative Awards
Awards with the October 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time deadline are: 
  • Feminist Mentoring Award
  • Feminist Activism Award
  • Feminist Lecturer Award
  • Undergraduate Social Action Award
  • Cheryl Allyn Miller Award
  • Social Actions Initiative Awards



Submit applications through the SWS Member Portal.
You do not need to be an SWS member to apply or nominate someone for these awards, but you need to use the portal.

SWS is pleased to recognize many forms of outstanding feminist work. SWS gives awards at the Awards Reception during the Summer Meeting, held each August, and at the Winter Meeting​, held each January/February. Awards with an October 1 ​deadline are given at the Winter Meeting. Awards with an April 1 ​deadline are given at the Summer Meeting.

The Awards Committee is comprised of an elected chair, three elected members (who chair the Feminist Activism, Feminist Lecturer, and Feminist Mentoring Award Subcommittees), and the chairs of each other award subcommittee, listed below. The Awards Committee has three elected members. 

Awards Committee Chair:

Maria Cecilia Hwang:

Photo of Maria Cecilia Hwang

Maria Cecilia Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how borders are experienced and embodied in the everyday lives of migrants. Her research interests include international migration, globalization and transnationalism, gender, sexualities, and Asia and Asian America. She has published in Gender & Society, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, WSQ, International Migration Review, and Global Networks.

Elected Committee Members:

Feminist Lecturer Award Subcommittee Chair, Shobha Hamal Gurung, – Term is from 2022-2024

Feminist Activism Award Subcommittee Chair, Minwoo Jung, Term is from 2023-2025

Feminist Mentoring Award Subcommittee Chair, Saida Grundy, Term is from 2022-2024



SWS Awards (for both non-students and students)

Natalie Allon Research Award*

The award, started in 2018, supports research on institutional gender-based discrimination (e.g., discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, or sexual orientation).

*Availability and dollar amount varies each year

Contact: Co-Chairs of Committee on Discrimination, Marisela Martinez-Cola, and Beatriz Padilla,

Selection Committee: TBD

*SWS is not taking applications for the Natalie Allon Research Award in the next award cycle because there is a need for these funds to be used for the first and second priorities of the Natalie Allon Fund. The first priority is to assist in the payment of legal fees for members who are fighting sex discrimination claims or claims relating to gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation The second priority is legal assistance in fighting cases of institutional discrimination that disproportionately affect women such as threats to tenure or the exploitation of adjuncts. 

Social Actions Initiative Awards

The Social Action Initiative Awards is SAC’s efforts to directly support and encourage the social activism of SWS members. Awards are given out twice per year on a competitive basis until funds are fully dispersed.  The social actions represented by this initiative are central to advancing the mission of SWS.


Co-Chairs of the Social Action Committee, Evonnia Woods: and Heather Hlavka:

Selection Subcommittee: Pedrom Nasiri, J’Mauri Jackson, and Sara Tyberg

Deadlines: April 1, 2024 and October 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET


SWS Student Awards 

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Social Action Award

Given at the Winter meeting, this award carries on the tradition of acknowledging, affirming and inviting students to participate in SWS.

Co-Chairs of the Social Action Committee, Evonnia Woods, and Heather Hlavka:

Deadline: October 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET

Selection Subcommittee: Marley Olson and Melody Huslage


Graduate Students

Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship

This scholarship offers support to women and non-binary scholars of color who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally.

Contact: Co-Chairs of the Sister to Sister Committee:

Committee Chairs: LaToya Council and Pallavi

LaToya Council,

Pallavi Banerjee,

Selection Subcommittee: Christobel Asiedu, Erika Busse Cardena, Lisa Covington, and Mahala Stewart 

Liaison for Applicants: Katherine Maldonado Fabela

Deadline: April 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET 


Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a ​PhD student who has studied for at least one full academic year at a two-year college in the U.S., before transferring to complete a BA. Students who attended the international equivalent of a U.S two-year college are also welcome to apply. Candidates who are already in the writing stage and apparently close to completion will be preferred

Contact: Subcommittee Chair, Mairead Moloney,

Selection Subcommittee: Myra Marx Ferree, Nancy Naples, Sarah Bruch, and Toni Calasanti

Deadline: April 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET


Cheryl Allyn Miller Award

This award recognizes a sociology graduate student, or a recent doctorate, whose research or activism constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work.

Contact: Chair, Laura Bunyan,

Selection Subcommittee: Suki Xiao, Rianka Roy, Sarah A. Robert, and Lisa Dilks

Deadline: October 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET


Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage doctoral research in sociology, anthropology, psychology and related fields on women’s experience of breast cancer and other reproductive cancers and the prevention of these cancers. Another goal of the scholarship is to encourage scholars to make this type of research accessible to the public through speaking and publishing for lay audiences.

Subcommittee Chair: Ophra Leyser-Whalen,

Subcommittee members:  Jean Elson, Tashelle Wright, Marley Olson, Stacy Torres, Piper Sledge


Deadline: April 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET

SWS-ASA Minority Fellows (MFP)

Please click HERE to visit the American Sociological Association Website for more information. SWS sponsors two MFPs each year who are honored at the ASA Meeting.


SWS Faculty/Non-Student Awards 


SWS Feminist Activism Award

This annual award recognizes an SWS member who has made notable contributions to improving the lives of women in society, especially through activism.


Subcommittee Chair: Minwoo Jung,

Members of the Feminist Activism Award Subcommittee for 2023: Minwoo Jung and Paulina García-Del Moral

Deadline: October 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET

SWS Feminist Lecturer Award

Founded in 1985, this lectureship was created to recognize those whose scholarship employs a feminist perspective. The goal is to make these scholars more available to campuses where such a voice is unusual and/or unwelcome.

Contact: Subcommittee Chair: Shobha Hamal Gurung,

2023 Selection Subcommittee: TBD

Deadline: October 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET

SWS Mentoring Award

This award honors an SWS member who is an outstanding feminist mentor.

Contact Chair: Saida Grundy,,

2023 Selection Subcommittee: Rebecca P., Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Heather Laube, LaToya Council

Deadline: October 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET


Recognizing that some campuses are hostile to feminist and intersectional perspectives and/or that personal experiences and relationships could contribute to an unwelcoming environment, the SWS Awards Committee has agreed upon the following protocols to ensure safety of visiting speakers as well as their preparation before a campus visit.

  • The awardee will be advised once all applications have been received and informed of the campuses that have applied for a campus visit. 
  • In the case that the awardee is uncomfortable with visiting any of the campuses, they will inform the chair of the selection subcommittee and that campus will be removed from the application pool.
  • After the campus has been selected and before the campus visit, the Executive Officer will arrange a Zoom Meeting between the awardee, the campus nominator, and the chair of the pertinent subcommittee. The Executive Officer will attend to answer any questions about funding, travel logistics, and publicity for the event. 

Sociologists for Women in Society Awards Revocation Procedure – Procedure Effective February 27, 2019 –