Şirin Tekeli Research Award


Şirin Tekeli Research Award 2017

As Sabancı University Gender and Women's Studies Center, we are pleased to announce that we will begin granting research awards in memory of Şirin Tekeli, one of the leading figures in women’s and gender studies in Turkey. The Şirin Tekeli Research Award was created to support and promote research focusing on gender in Turkey and, is open to all Ph.D. students and researchers who have obtained their Ph.D. degrees within the last 15 years. An inter-university committee will evaluate the research proposals based on international academic criteria. The 2017 Selection Committee is comprised of Yeşim Arat, Fatmagül Berktay, Sibel Irzık, Deniz Kandiyoti, and Ayşe Öncü. The rich legacy of Şirin Tekeli, a trailblazer working on democracy, academic freedom, gender equality and feminism from the 1980s on, has been illuminating for many researchers, academicians, and activists. With the award’s focus on supporting gender and women’s studies, through its implementation we hope to open a substantial and inspiring space for researchers to diversify and share Şirin Tekeli’s legacy. 

Application Requirements:

Applications must be submitted online to sirintekeliodulu@sabanciuniv.edu

The topics of research proposals must be original and focused on gender in Turkey

The language of the application must be Turkish.

Research proposals must clearly state the content of the research as well as the importance of the topic, the theoretical framework and methodology, and its contribution to existing academic literature.

Research proposals must not exceed 10 pages (12-point font, double spaced), excluding title, footnotes, and bibliography. Footnotes and bibliography must not be at the bottom of the page but at the end of the document. APA citation format must be used.

In addition to the research proposal, an abstract of 500 words and the CV of the applicant must be submitted separately.

A separate document indicating the applicant’s name, surname, institution (if available), correspondence address, e-mail address, and other contact information must be attached.

The award is open to collaborative research projects.

The proposal, abstract, CV, and contact information must be sent in separate Word files.

Two letters of recommendation supporting the application must be submitted by the recommenders to sirintekeliodulu@sabanciuniv.edu before the application deadline. Recommendation letters must clearly state the applicant’s name.

Researchers who receive the award are expected to present their research projects at the conference that will be held one year later.

The application deadline is November 1, 2017. 

About Şirin Tekeli:

Şirin Tekeli, who passed away in June 2017, left behind a rich legacy. In addition to her books Women and Sociopolitical Life (İletişim Publishing, 1982) that she wrote in 1978 as an associate professor at İstanbul University and Women in Turkey in the 1980s from the Perspective of Women (İletişim Publishing, 1990), which was one of the first interdisciplinary compilations of feminist women’s studies in Turkey, Şirin Tekeli pioneered the establishment of gender and women’s studies in Turkey and in the Turkish language through the feminist articles that she wrote in Somut newspaper in the early 1980s, the translations of more than 20 books focusing on women and democracy from French and English, and the articles that she wrote in international academic journals.

Şirin Tekeli has also been a trailblazer for and a promoter of many steps for the institutionalization and empowerment of civil society, the feminist movement, and gender equality policies. She played an active role in the petition campaign demanding the enforcement of The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) between 1985 and 1990, the Women’s Solidarity March against Violence, the Kâriye Festival, the Purple Needle Campaign, and the Civil Law reforms. She was among the founders of the Human Rights Association in 1986, the Women’s Library and Information Center Foundation in 1989, the Purple Roof Women's Shelter Foundation in 1990, the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly in 1993, and the Association for Support of Women Candidates (KA-DER) in as well as the Women Initiative for Peace (WINPEACE) by Greek and Turkish Women in 1997.