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 $2,000 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 April 5, 2024
  • notification of awards will be made by late-April

To Apply: Please complete the online application and include in one document:

  • 2-page description of project clearly stating the aims and methods of your research
  • budget detailing how the award funds will be used (please note that support for caregiving while researching or writing is a permissible expense)
  • curriculum vitae,
  • list of all other secured sources of funding and funding for which you are applying

Please provide contact information for two references, preferably from faculty. 


This award is subject to 1099 reporting.

For further information, contact Che Gossett cheg@sas.upenn.edu

Recent Award Recipients

Caroline Hodge

The Social Life of Contraception in the United States

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
Hafeeza Anchrum

Mercy Douglas Hospital & Nurse Training School, 1948-1960
Prakirti Nangia
Political Science

Development, Maternalism, and Women’s Social Citizenship: A Case Study of India, 1985-2015
Katie Clonan-Roy
School of Education

Emergent Intimacies: Latina Girls Navigating the Intersections of their Social, Emotional, Sexual, and Academic Lives in the New Latino Diaspora
Su Kyung Kim

Domestic Violence and Women’s Community Activism in a Korean American Community
Sarah Abboud

Understanding Virginity from the Perpectives of Arab Women
Diana Burnett

Navigating the Impact of Neoliberalism & Nutrition Transition and its Relationship to the Food Marketing Environment on the Consumption Patterns, Lifestyle Practices, and the Health of Black Women in Salvador da Bahia
Brazil Aliya Rao

Islam, Gender, and Sexuality: The Experiences of American Converts to Islam
Tugce Ellialti

Cases of sexual violence in medico-legal institutions and courts in the wake of significant reforms in Turkey
Kamila Alexander

Expanding the scope of sexual safety among the population of Black emerging adult women
Samira Ali

Reducing and preventing the spread of HIV among female sex workers in India by exploring the new terrain of mother-daughter communication regarding sexual health and risk