Critical Difference for Women

Critical Difference for Women (CDW) is a scholarship/grant-offering program administered by The Women's Place 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.

Photo of Professor Namiko Kunimoto
Research on Women Grant recipient Professor Namiko Kunimoto

CDW is comprised of three funds:

  • 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.