Leboy-Davies Graduate Student Award

Created in honor of Phoebe Leboy and Helen Davies, two pioneering feminist faculty members in the health sciences, this award provides up to $3,000 in research or travel funding to a graduate student whose work fosters women’s health, well-being, and educational equality anywhere in the world, or enhances our understanding of gender inequality. Priority will be given to students who have earned the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate (or who are currently enrolled in the program), and to projects leading to the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

Application Cycle:

  • Leboy-Davies applications are due on March 15
  • notification of awards will be made by mid-April

To Apply: Please complete the online application, which includes the following information:

  • 2-page description of project clearly stating the aims and methods of your research
  • budget detailing how the award funds will be used
  • curriculum vitae
  • two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty

Please include a list all other secured sources of funding for your project, including the amounts and allocations of these funds. Please also note additional funding sources for which you are applying and the amounts of each of these potential lines of support.

The letters of recommendation should discuss either the potential for the applicant’s work to have a beneficial impact on the lives of women and/or girls or the promise of the applicant’s work to enhance our understanding of gender inequality. The letters should be addressed to Professor Kathleen Brown, Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women, and emailed to [GSWS-APC@sas.upenn.edu].


This award is subject to 1099 reporting.

For further information, contact Anne Esacove esacove@sas.upenn.edu

Recent Recipients

Recent Award Recipients

Akudo Ejelonu
Environmental Studies
Dying to Go: Why Access to Toilets Is Not Just Women’s Rights but Women’s Burden
Peter Harvey
The Influence of Class on Gender Equality for Children aged 9-11