The Elsie Hillman Prize for Research on Women and Pennsylvania Politics

Deadline: February 1, 2015

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is pleased to announce the competition for the 2015 Elsie Hillman Prize for Research on Women and Politics.

This annual competition is designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics that is of related or specific importance to women in Pennsylvania. Proposals are blind-reviewed by a committee of PCWP faculty and administration.

The prize includes a $1,000 cash award for the project selected. Honorable mention prizes of $275 per project may also be awarded.

Research projects submitted for prize consideration may address any topic related to women and politics with a demonstrated applicability to Pennsylvania. Scholars at any level, including graduate students and junior faculty members, may apply.

To be considered for the 2015 prize, applicants should submit the following materials as a single PDF to, by February 1, 2015:

  • Biographical statement for author(s) (one page or less for each author)
  • Project description (5–10 pages, double spaced, 12-point font): Proposal title 150-200 word abstract summarizing its purpose and content
    • Discussion of relevant theory, contributions to literature in the field and methodology; other relevant information may also be included
    • One-page discussion of the project’s relevance to Pennsylvania (projects that specifically incorporate the state into the dataset/analysis will receive particular consideration)
    • Statement and itemized budget describing how the Elsie Hillman Prize will contribute to the research project
    • Timetable for completion of the project, including expectation for submitting a summary of finding report to PCWP Bibliography (not part of the 5-10 page limit)

As proposals are blind-reviewed, do not include author names in the project description.

Selection of winning proposals will be made by March 15, 2015. Winners will be recognized as a part of the annual Elsie Hillman Chair Event at Chatham University on April 1, 2015. For more information, contact Dr. Jennie Sweet-Cushman at