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Call for Proposals for 2023

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is pleased to announce the competition for the 2023 Carrie Chapman Catt 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 gender and politics. This includes proposals in the areas of civic education and engagement and in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Scholars at any level may apply, from graduate students to tenured faculty members as well as adjunct faculty and independent researchers.

Numerous proposals from a variety of academic disciplines are received each year. Proposals are double-blind peer reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty members in the disciplines represented.

The prize includes a $2,500 cash award for each project selected. Honorable mention prizes of up to $1,200 per project may also be awarded. Winners will be announced and awards disbursed in February 2024.

To be considered for the 2023 prize, applicants must complete the submission form by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 26, 2023. Required information on the form includes:

  • Contact information and biographical statement (750-character limit) for each author
  • Project description (5-10 pages, double spaced, 12-point font) in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format:
    • 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
    • Statement and itemized budget describing how the Catt Prize will contribute to the research project
    • Timetable for completion of the project, taking into consideration the February 2024 disbursement of awards
    • Reference list of relevant literature (not included in the 10-page limit, but please include in the same document)

As proposals are double-blind peer reviewed, do not include identifying information such as author names or institutions in the project description.

Submissions for the 2023 Catt Prize are closed

Questions? Check the Catt Prize FAQs page or email the center at or call 515-294-3181.