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Critical Difference for Women

Welcome to Critical Difference for Women

Critical Difference for Women (CDW) is a scholarship/grant-offering program for women seeking advanced education and enhanced professional lives at Ohio State. CDW reflects the university's commitment to generate support for the specific needs of women, as these individuals seek to realize their goals and dreams, both personally and professionally. CDW is comprised of three funds:

  • Professional Development Grants: For women staff, faculty, sophomore level and above full-time undergraduate students, and full-time graduate/professional students to help facilitate professional development and career mobility.
  • Re-entry Scholarships: For women who have interrupted their education due to unforeseen obstacles and who are seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.
  • Research on Women Grants: For faculty members and doctoral students (both male and female) who are conducting research on any areas of women's lives.

Ohio State Women's Network

The Women's Place

The Women’s Place (TWP) serves as a catalyst for institutional change to expand opportunities for women’s growth, leadership, and power in an inclusive, supportive, and safe university environment. TWP and CDW are closely connected as TWP is the administrative home of CDW. Visit site


President and Provost's Council on Women

The President and Provost's Council on Women is charged with advocating to the president and provost for advancement of all women at Ohio State and for development of policies and practices that positively impact the environment for women at the university. Visit site

Support Critical Difference for Women

You can make a critical difference for women by donating to CDW. Your donation can assist women who have interrupted their education return to earn a college degree; assist Ohio State women with payment for workshops, research, equipment, etc.; or provide funding to Ohio State faculty members and PhD candidates to pursue research on women, gender, and gender equity. Learn more about donor opportunities.