How to Apply

The Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics is an annual competition designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in 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 2025.

To be considered for the 2024 prize, applicants must complete the submission form by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 17, 2024. 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 2025 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.

Submit a proposal for the 2024 Catt Prize
Deadline: Nov. 17, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

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