The National Science Foundation has a special grant program for women Ph.D.s at US institutions called POWRE (Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education). The application deadline is December 9th, and this is the final year of this program. There have not been many applications from women linguists in the past, and I would like to encourage participation before this program comes to an end. The program announcement can be found a http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/powre/guide.htm
Briefly, POWRE is a 'cross-cutting' program that is supported in every NSF Directorate, including Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (the home of Linguistics). The POWRE program represents funding available to our community beyond the program budget for Linguistics - up to $75,000 for 12-18 months. Here is a snippet from the program announcement: "POWRE awards are designed to provide a one-time inpu of funds at a critical stage in the Principal Investigator's career, a means by which she can take advantage of an opportunity that will contribute to a significant, identifiable advance in her career path. POWRE awards are not intended to provide funds to establish a laboratory. New investigators in academia are encouraged to consider the CAREER program and the regular research and education disciplinary programs as their primary source of initial funding."
I have put a POWRE awards search on my webpage, so that you can see wha kinds of awards have been made in our directorate: a http://www.georgetown.edu/cball/cball.html
Awards to linguists include #18, 21, and 25 in the list. To submit a proposal, please be sure to refer to the latest copy of the NSF Gran Proposal Guide, a http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf002/
Best wishes, -- Cathy Ball - -------------------------------------------------------- Catherine N. Ball || Program Director, Linguistics Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences National Science Foundation Rm. 995, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22230 Phone: 703-306-1731 Fax: 703-306-0485 firstname.lastname@example.org || http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/ling/