Starting in 2020, the FLAX Foundation will issue specially created awards to generate innovative research. The awards will be given to talented and engaged scholars on feminist and inequality issues in Europe, and are meant to support their research and development.
The FLAX Foundation issues two types of awards: the Emma Goldman Awards and the Emma Goldman Snowball Awards. The Emma Goldman Awards will be awarded yearly to between 5 and 10 selected excellent candidates. The nominees can spend the awards according to their own research plans, provided they fall within the remit of the aims of the Foundation and they are agreed upon by the Board of the Foundation. Candidates receive individual and group coaching to ensure that they plan their award’s budgeting carefully, so that the awards are most effective. Each awardee will receive 50.000 Euro to spend within two years and are required to provide a report of their activities at the end of this period. This report needs to be vetted by the Board.
The Emma Goldman Snowball Awards are smaller, 10.000 Euro each, and they are awarded to early-career researchers who are nominated by the Emma Goldman awardees. In this way, the FLAX Foundation increases its knowledge of the field, and creates opportunities for networking and mentoring among its awardees. Through this two-step approach, the FLAX Foundation’s network and reach will increase with every year’s awards. In order to ensure high-quality awardees, the selection process of the Emma Goldman Snowball Awards is also subject to coaching and the same rules for research plans and reporting.
The awards are to be given awarded to individuals residing in Europe (independent of citizenship or immigration status). Each year, between 5 and 10 individuals are selected based on the following criteria: extraordinary expertise on, and engagement with, scholarship in the field of feminist and inequality issues; track record of substantial contributions to knowledge on feminist and inequality issues in Europe; track record of collaboration and solidarity; public spirit; originality; insight into their chosen field; and potential for future contribution to knowledge.