Chatham University

The Elsie Hillman Prize
Call for Proposals 2020

Deadline: : February 7, 2020

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is pleased to announce the competition for the 2020 Elsie Hillman Prize for Research on Women and American Politics. This annual competition is designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics in the United States. Proposals are blind-reviewed by a committee of PCWP-chosen 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 American politics, with a preference for those including or relevant to Pennsylvania. Scholars at any level, including graduate students and junior faculty members, may apply

To be considered for the 2020 prize, applicants should submit the following materials as two separate Word document files to, by February 7, 2020:

In the first:

Biographical statement for author(s) (one page or less for each author), with the proposal title as a running header

In the second (with no identifiable information):

Project description (5-10 pages, double spaced, 12-point font):

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

Selection of winning proposals will be made by March 30, 2020. Winners will be recognized as a part of the annual Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics event at Chatham University. If granted, a summary report is expected within one year of receipt of funds. For more information, contact Dana Brown at