Call for Applications - SWS Dissertation Scholarship Award


SWS Logo CROPSociologists for Women in Society (SWS) is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer.

SWS is a nonprofit, scientific and educational organization with members in the U.S. and overseas. Its mission is to promote and disseminate research about women; educate colleagues, the general public, and government officials about the implications of research on women; offer help and mutual support to women and men who share the organization’s concerns; take political action to improve women’s lives; and maintain relationships with national and international organizations for women and the ending of discrimination against women.

The scholarship fund was established by Sociologists for Women in Society with a bequest from Dr. Barbara Rosenblum, an active and longstanding member who died from breast cancer in 1988. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage doctoral work focusing on women’s cancers, particularly women’s diverse experiences. Doctoral work can be in Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology or related fields (e.g. Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies).


The candidate must identify as a woman with a feminist orientation who is sensitive to studying women’s cancers and their impact on diverse groups of women, including those of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, language, religion, geographical areas, and other cultural perspectives. The candidate must have an approved prospectus for doctoral research. The topic should be useful academically and also have pragmatic and practical applications (such as informing and empowering women, demystifying the disease, and/or having implications for the breast cancer epidemic more broadly.) The scholarship is intended for researchers who plan to present their findings and applications to lay audiences as well as social scientists.

To apply:

BCC Founder and Principal Investigator Dr. Gayle Sulik is chair of the Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship committee. To apply, please send the following to

  1. electronic copy of the application form DOWNLOAD FORM » (Doc)
  2. electronic copy of your CV
  3. electronic copy of your dissertation proposal or prospectus

Please do not send more than 15 pages. If the full proposal is longer, select the section or sections which most clearly describe what you are doing, who your subjects will be, and what methods you will use. If you are near completion, please include a brief statement describing the above and major findings. Winners must be members of SWS to receive the award.

Application materials are due no later than April 1, 2015.

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