Research Awards

Gender and Racial Justice Scholars Awards

We are now accepting proposals from across JHU for Gender and Racial Justice Scholars Awards.  While the 19th Amendment barred states from denying voting rights based on sex, it failed to address the broad disenfranchisement of large numbers of Americans-most notably Black Americans. These awards will support student research studying structural inequalities related to gender and race to help us understand our history and promote democracy, inclusion, and empowerment.

Proposals will be prioritized that have a clear tie to the topic of gender and/or racial studies and that describe ways that this work promotes democracy, inclusion, and empowerment, whether directly or indirectly.  Topics may be historical or contemporary.  Those with an intersectional focus will be prioritized, but efforts that focus solely on gender or solely on race will also be considered. Such work can have a national focus, but applications that address local communities, both within the institution but also in the greater Baltimore and Washington, DC areas, are encouraged.

The award will provide $5,000 per individual or team project with a one-year duration. All projects, whether individual or teams, must have a project mentor. Awardees will be expected to meet with the project mentor regularly, participate in three research roundtables, and produce a poster for presentation at the March 2022 Gender and Racial Justice Scholars Research Colloquium.

All applications will be evaluated by a panel including members of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Committee and representatives from each Johns Hopkins division.

There will be an information session on February 22, 2021 from 12-1PM EST.  Please email to receive the zoom link.


Gender and Racial Justice Scholars Awards are open to all Johns Hopkins University students regardless of gender or racial identity. This includes undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows at any Hopkins school. Students who complete their studies prior to March 2022 may still apply. All awardees are expected to fulfill the requirements of the award, even if they are no longer enrolled.

How to Apply

The deadline to submit proposals (including completed letters of recommendation) is Friday, March 26th, 5:00PM EST.

The Gender and Racial Justice Scholars Awards Review Committee will review all applications using the following criteria:

  • Research Topic. Intersectional research will be prioritized, followed by efforts that focus solely on gender and solely on race.
  • Expected Impact. The project promotes democracy, inclusion, and empowerment within our communities.
  • Research Impact. This project could lead to new research ideas that could be pursued by the awardee(s) or others.
  • Feasibility. The project can be carried out in a safe and ethical manner with the resources and access the students(s) will have available.
  • Collaboration. This project enhances and facilitates collaboration among students and/or faculty within a division, between faculty and staff of different divisions or service units of the university, or between the university and other community organizations.

The following information is required for all applications:

  1. Name and contact information of applicant(s)
  1. Title and abstract summarizing the project (<300 words)
  1. A PDF of your application that includes the following sections (as a single file):
    • Description of the topic to be explored (<700 words)
    • Your qualifications for conducting the research (<700 words)
    • Your timeline for completion of the project (<700 words)
    • Expected impact of the project (<700 words)
    • Project Budget with research-related expenses (<700 words)
    • Name of the project mentor, why you chose this person, and how often you will meet about the project (<700 words)
  1. A PDF of the resume or curriculum vitae (CV) for the applicant(s)
  1. IRB Approval Letter (if applicable)
  1. A signed letter of recommendation from the project mentor addressing how long and in what capacity the mentor has known you, along with your academic strengths, qualifications, and ability to conduct independent research. While there should be a recommendation from the project mentor, it is also acceptable to include multiple letters if there are others who can provide additional information about your ability to complete this project.

Award Details

  • Awards are intended to cover costs such as supplies, equipment, and resources that may be required for the research project, including, time, travel, food, and other costs of living necessary for project research. Half the funds will be disbursed upon receipt of a signed letter of acceptance; the other half will be disbursed two-thirds of the way through the project, assuming that the project is progressing as expected as described in the approved application.
  • Applications may represent the work of an individual or a research team. All projects-whether individual or teams-must have a project mentor. Awardees will be expected to meet with the project mentor regularly, participate in three research roundtables, and produce a poster for presentation at the March 2022 Gender and Racial Justice Scholars Research Colloquium.
  • Any projects involving human subjects must adhere with JHU Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines. If your project has received IRB approval, you should submit this with your application.  If it has not yet gone through IRB approval, please begin this process now.  The JHU Homewood IRB reviews proposals for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Education, Carey Business School, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Peabody Institute.  School of Medicine and School of Nursing research should be reviewed by the JHU School of Medicine IRB and public health research should be submitted through the Bloomberg School of Public Health IRB.


Email with general questions. Members of the Gender and Racial Justice Scholars Awards Review Committee are also available to answer questions and to help interested applicants formulate project ideas and identify potential mentors.

School or AreaRepresentative
Bloomberg School of Public HealthKaren Thomas, External Affairs
Carey Business SchoolHeather Pollak, Assistant Director for Student Life
Krieger School of Arts and SciencesBess Vincent, Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Peabody InstituteMatt Testa, Archivist                     
School of Advanced International StudiesMaya Shih, Associate Director of Development for Corporate and Foundation Relations
Rosemarie Treanor, Sr, Development Officer,
School of EducationLaura Quaynor, Assistant Professor
School of MedicineBarbara Fivush, Senior Associate Dean of Women
School of NursingNancy Glass, Professor
Whiting School of EngineeringPaulette Clancy, Professor   Jeff Gray, Professor
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionKatrina Caldwell, Chief Diversity Officer
Homewood Student AffairsJeannine Heynes, Director of Women & Gender Resources
Sheridan LibrariesMargaret Burri, Assistant Director for Academic Liaison and Special Collections

Information for Project Mentors

Hopkins faculty and staff may serve as a project mentor. There may be instances where non-affiliates (such as community leaders or alumni) would be valuable mentors.  In such situations, applicants should still identify a primary mentor within the Hopkins community who is aware of the project and who can comment on its merits and expected impact.

Project mentors will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation for the applicant(s). Applicants will enter mentor contact information as part of the application process. Mentors will receive an email inviting them to submit a letter of recommendation which should address the following:

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the student(s)?
  • What are the academic strengths, qualifications, and abilities of the student(s) to conduct independent research?
  • Are you available to consult with the student(s) on their research progress during the proposed award period?

Project mentors should be subject matter experts.  Project mentors are expected to meet with students regularly and to provide them with guidance and feedback as the project progresses. In exchange for this commitment, project mentors will be paid $500 two-thirds of the way through the project.