Mary Zirin Prize for Independent Scholars of Slavic Studies

Deadline: September 1, 2020

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Mary Zirin Prize in recognition of an independent scholar in the field of Slavic Studies. The award of $500 is named for Mary Zirin, the founder of Women East-West.

Working as an independent scholar, Zirin produced and encouraged fundamental works in Slavic/East European Women’s Studies and has been 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.

The Prize aims to recognize the achievements of independent scholars of any gender identity and to encourage their continued scholarship and service in the fields of Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. The committee encourages applications from those working in the field of women’s or gender studies in disciplines such as the humanities and the social sciences.

The Committee encourages the nomination of candidates at all career stages. For the purpose of this award, an independent scholar is defined as a scholar who is not employed at an institution of higher learning, or an employee of a university or college who is not eligible to compete for institutional support for research (for example, those teaching under short-term contracts or working in administrative posts). We welcome nominations from CIS and Central and Eastern Europe.

The Zirin Prize Committee will accept nominations (including self-nominations) until September 1, 2020. Nominations must include: (1) a nomination letter, no more than two pages long, double-spaced; (2) the nominee’s current curriculum vitae; and (3) a sample publication (e.g., article or book chapter). The nomination letter should describe the scholar’s contribution to the field, as well as work in progress.

Nominations should be sent to prize committee chair Ellen Elias-Bursac at eliasbursac@gmail.com