PCOSW provides several funding opportunities administered through the Speaker Series subcommittee and the Scholarship and Awards subcommittee. These include:

  • Event co-sponsorship
  • Scholarship and project funding
  • Special funding opportunities
  • Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) conference funding
  • University Mentoring and Professional Development Award 

PCOSW Speakers Series Co-Sponsorship of Campus Speakers and Events

The Speaker Series subcommittee welcomes funding and co-sponsorship requests from all members of the OSU community for a range of speaker event formats, including but not limited to lectures and workshops. This funding is made possible thanks to generous support from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Offices of the President and Provost.

Applicants must provide a clear explanation of the purpose, timing, and budget of the event, and how the event aligns and supports the PCOSW mission.

PCOSW Speaker Series Co-Sponsorship Application Form

Funding is awarded throughout the academic year, but priority for each term is given to applications submitted by the end of week three of that term. Sponsorship averages $500, but it is also dependent on the PCOSW budget for the academic year and is subject to change. Please note that funding is distributed via a reimbursement model and reimbursement requests must be submitted within 30 days of the event.

Funding recipients will be responsible for event logistics and will adhere to OSU policies and procedures. Events funded by this opportunity will identify the President’s Commission on the Status of Women as an event sponsor. We also ask that follow-up information regarding the event and copies of materials (i.e. flyers, photos) be provided to the committee for promotion within the commission and for the PCOSW annual report.


President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) Scholarship application

PCOSW provides funding for OSU community members to pursue professional development, research, or other opportunities that support PCOSW’s mission. The maximum funding amount for scholarships is $1000 per person and/or per project within a fiscal year. All funding must be used within the fiscal year a project is awarded. Please note: PCOSW cannot award scholarships to pay faculty, staff, or student employee fees, salaries, stipends, tuition, or wages.

The PCOSW Scholarship & Awards Committee is comprised of PCOSW members. The committee welcomes proposals from all members of the OSU community.

PLEASE NOTE: While PCOSW strongly supports the professional development of women in underrepresented fields, successful scholarship applications demonstrate a direct connection between the proposed activity and PCOSW's mission beyond the professional development of the scholarship applicant.

Deadline to apply is TBA.

Apply Online: The link to apply will be posted no later than Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

Scholarship Criteria

  • The project or activity identifies and meets the PCOSW mission to "address the changing needs of all women in our university community."
  • The project or activity provides a clear statement of overall project objectives.
  • The research project provides clearly proposed methodologies that are appropriate and effective for research activities. (Required for research activities only)
  • The project or activity provides a clear and specific budget with an itemized list of expenses.

Additional notes

  • Scholarship recipients are required to submit a brief summary report within 30 days of the completion of their funded activity
  • All awardees are required to submit receipts for reimbursement within 30 days of the completion of their funded activity.
  • All submissions should avoid the use of jargon and unexplained acronyms.

Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) Conference Scholarship

PCOSW is offering scholarships to cover registration costs for the 2022 Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) conference being held in Ashland from Jan. 27-29, 2022. OSU faculty, professional faculty, staff, students and OSU community members are eligible to apply. The scholarship application is now open through Friday, Oct. 1. NOTE: Please DO NOT register for the OWHE conference if you are applying for a scholarship until you are approved. Once approved, you will be sent a special registration link to use to register with OWHE. PCOSW cannot reimburse people for registrations that have already been paid.

Apply today! Deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

University Mentoring and Professional Development Award 

This award, presented each September at University Day, recognizes any classified, professional faculty, or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting, and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development.

The recipient of this award should have a record of:

  • providing development opportunities to OSU faculty and staff
  • mentoring and encouraging members of the faculty and staff at the beginning as well as throughout their careers
  • encouraging individuals not traditionally supported in their pursuit of professional or personal development
  • making contributions that lead to increased performance and job satisfaction.
  • improving campus climate with respect to mentoring and professional development opportunities.
  • Information, criteria, past recipients 

Nomination Form - The form will require you to address how this individual has mentored and encouraged others (e.g. supporting and encouraging development and growth opportunities), how they contributed to an improved atmosphere in the department, university, and larger community, and how others have generally benefited from interactions with them.

Nominations for the 2021 award is now closed.


Special Funding Opportunity

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women invites applications for project funding (up to $1,000) for scholarly research work addressing the disproportionate impact of the COVID19 pandemic, and subsequent fallout, on women in the workplace, particularly those proposals that increase our understanding of the strategies that can be implemented to mitigate these disproportionate impacts.  This may include research on organizational change strategies, directed resources found to be effective, or a literature review of efforts implemented in the higher education sector or other sectors that are transferrable to a university setting.

This application is now closed.

Special Funding Opportunity Criteria:

  • Must be a scholarly research project
  • The project or activity identifies and meets the PCOSW mission to "address the changing needs of all women in our university community."
  • The project or activity provides a clear statement of overall project objectives.
  • The project or activity provides a clear and specific budget with an itemized list of expenses.
  • The research project provides clearly proposed methodologies thar are appropriate and effective for research activities. (Required for research activities only)

Please Note: Projects do not need to be completed by the end of spring term 2021. However, we request that recipients submit and present a brief summary report at the May PCOSW meeting.


Frequently Asked Questions

For scholarship applications, we encourage faculty and staff to seek/request matching funds from their home departments. Please inform us of any matching funds on your application. Matching funds are not required for student applications. However, if applicable, we do ask you to list your funding from other sources.

Items we are able to fund include such things as: equipment, software, speaker fees/honoraria, film rights/screening fees for co-sponsorships, transportation, conference registrations, research costs.

We are unable to fund tuition, faculty/staff/student employee wages, student fees, consumables or reagents, or gasoline expenses.

If you are unable to use the funds awarded for your project or activity, contact PCOSW as soon as possible so we can reallocate the funds.

Maybe. Maximum funding is $1000 per person and/or per project each fiscal year. If you have not received maximum funding and there are still funds available, you may submit a new application for additional funding up to the $1000 maximum.

In your application please note that you have previously received PCOSW funds for the proposed project/activity. Be sure to fully explain the project, do not assume the committee will recall the details of your previous application. The same application deadlines and criteria apply.

Please contact PCOSW's Treasurer at pcosw@oregonstate.edu regarding your new expected completion date. Please note: All funding must be used within the fiscal year a project is awarded.

PCOSW provides funding in the form of scholarships for OSU community members to pursue professional development, research, or other opportunities that support PCOSW’s mission.

The scholarship average fluctuates widely based on requests. Maximum funding is $1000 per person and/or per project each fiscal year. All funding must be used within the fiscal year a project is awarded.

Since funding is limited, the scholarship application will close when all fiscal year funds have been allocated.

CONTACTS

PCOSW: pcosw@oregonstate.edu

Speaker Series subcommittee convener: Joy King at joy.king@oregonstate.edu

Scholarship & Awards subcommittee co-conveners: Keahi McFadden at keahi.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu or Mealoha McFadden at mealoha.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu

Treasurer: Benita Blessing at benita.blessing@oregonstate.edu