For information on the undergraduates prizes, please contact Gwendolyn Beetham (

For all other awards and grants, contact Maria Murphy (

UPDATE MARCH 15, 2020: Given the extraordinary events of the past few weeks, GSWS/APC will be extending the deadlines for all of our awards, research funds, TAships and 20/21 teaching opportunities until April 1. Please reach out with any questions.

Faculty Awards

Penn Community Awards

  • Support for sustained engagement to explore emerging and/or under-supported areas of scholarship
  • To support the Alice Paul Center and GSWS Program’s goal of increasing the visibility and impact of gender, sexuality and women’s studies scholarship across the University, APC and GSWS provide financial and in-kind support to many campus-wide events each year.

Graduate Awards

  • This annual graduate student award is given to graduate students who apply and are selected to participate in a mentorship program for GSWS undergraduate honors thesis students.
  • This award recognizes graduate student instructors who have incorporated pedagogical practices that exemplify critical feminist, queer, and trans approaches to knowledge production.
  • To support independent research and conference travel.
  • Support for research fostering women's health, well-being, and educational equality or enhance our understanding of gender inequality
  • Promotes new scholarship on women, gender, and/or sexuality in the humanities.
  • The Lynda Hart Teaching Award recognizes teachers who have cultivated a learning environment that facilitates, encourages, and engages feminist critique and who prioritize inclusive classroom practices.

Undergraduate Awards

Recent Award Recipients

Megan Robb

Empire of Letters: Digitizing Women’s Correspondence in 19thand 20thcentury South Asia

Trustees' Council of Penn Women Faculty Research Grants 2019

Professor Robb is currently interested in the link between print publics and group identity formation, particularly in the first half of the twentieth century in South Asia. Her monograph in progress focuses on the links between Urdu newspapers and the development of a common vocabulary of social and political Islam in North India between 1900 and 1950. Her recent article in Modern Asian Studies focuses on the trend toward men writing in women’s voices in mainstream and reformist Urdu newspapers, and the insights those practices lend to performances of masculinity in early twentieth century South Asia.