Awards & Grants

The Lewis L. Gould Award

The Lewis L. Gould Award is presented to a member of FLARE who has, in the course of his or her other noteworthy career, made distinguished contributions to the field of first lady research and education. Nominees should demonstrate Dr. Gould’s unwavering commitment to excellence while encouraging and furthering the study of American first ladies. FLARE will announce on the website and via email to members when nominations are open and what is required for a nomination. Only members can nominate or be nominated. An awards committee composed of FLARE members determines recipients.

All members of FLARE are eligible for nomination except for those serving on the Gould Award Committee. A Gould Award nominee should have a long and distinguished career that includes significant contributions to scholarship and education about first ladies.

Nomination letters should persuasively address how the applicant meets the following criteria:

  • The quality, academic rigor, and influence of the nominee’s scholarship and publications
  • The impact of the nominee’s public communication and educational activities
  • The nominee’s fostering of additional knowledge about first ladies through teaching, institutional or public service (broadly construed)
  • The influence and creativity of the nominee’s work or educational activities on other scholars, researchers, and/or the public.

Because the disciplinary specialization and area of focus of nominees may vary broadly, the Gould Award Committee members recognize that not all of the criteria will be relevant in every case.

Research and Education Grants

FLARE plans to present research grants for the purposes of preparing an article or book for publication or for developing an educational program or course. Details will be provided on the website and via email to members when award applications are open. Only members are eligible for grant awards. Grantees are selected by a grants committee composed of members.