Awards Overview

AWSS offers several prizes that recognize the achievements of women in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and draw attention to exceptional scholarship on women/gender studies in the field.

Heldt Prizes

The Heldt Prizes recognize the accomplishments of Barbara Heldt, one of the founding mothers of Slavic Studies in the United States and of the AWSS. Known for both her feminist scholarship and commitment to the field, the prizes are a fitting tribute to Heldt’s generous support for women and for women’s and gender studies. Prize categories include:

  • Best book by a woman in any area of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Best book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Best Article in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Best Translation in Slavic, East European or Eurasian Women’s and Gender Studies (offered in odd years)

Apply for the 2020 Heldt Prize by May 15th. Click here to access the call for applications now. 

Outstanding Achievement Award

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the accomplishments of established leaders in the field of Slavic, East European and Eurasian women’s and gender studies. Their contributions have broken new ground in the discipline and laid the groundwork for others.

Mary Zirin Prize

The founder of the AWSS Newsletter Women East-West and an independent scholar, Mary Zirin produced and encouraged fundamental works in Slavic/East European Women's Studies and was instrumental in the development of the AWSS. The Prize aims to recognize the achievements of independent scholars and to encourage their continued scholarship and service in the fields of Slavic or Central and Eastern European Women's Studies.

Graduate Research Prize

The AWSS Graduate Research Prize is awarded annually to fund promising graduate-level research in any field of Slavic/East European/Central Asian Studies by anyone identifying as a woman or on a topic in Women's or Gender Studies related to Slavic Studies/East Europe/Central Asia by a scholar of any gender.

Graduate Essay Prize

This prize recognizes the most outstanding essay written in English in Slavic, East European or Eurasian women’s and gender studies by a graduate student based at any tertiary institution worldwide.

Travel Grants

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is pleased to be able to offer travel grants of between $200 and $1000 for scholars from Eurasia studying women's and gender studies, who are presenting papers at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) meetings, the AWSS meetings, or the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) meetings.

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