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Joyce A. Berkman Award

The Joyce A. Berkman Award for Outstanding Graduate Feminist Scholarship is presented annually by the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies in honor of Joyce Avrech Berkman, feminist teacher, activist, History Department faculty for 48 years (1965-2013), and co-founder of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies.   

Essay submissions may be on any topic that falls under the broad rubric of feminist scholarship.  Prize-winning essays will exhibit clarity, originality, and ambition.  Submissions may not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (including notes and references).   


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed the Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies
  • Submissions must be unpublished essays, originally composed in (or fundamentally shaped by) a WGSS graduate level course
  • Only one submission per applicant will be accepted; applicants may not receive the Joyce A. Berkman award more than once.

Submission Instructions:

--Submissions may not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (including notes and references)
--Submissions are anonymous.  Essays with any identifying information will be disqualified.
--Please append to your entry a brief description (500 words or less) of the ways in which your essay was shaped by your graduate coursework in the Department of WGSS.

Fill out the Google from HERE to submit your information, essay and the brief description.  Submission deadline for 2023 is 5:00 p.m., April 14.

Email Linda with questions!