Trustees' Council of Penn Women Faculty Research Grants


The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW) wishes to assist Assistant Professors seeking promotion to the permanent rank of Associate Professor, as well as Associate Professors working for promotion to Full Professor. In support of this goal, TCPW offers several research grants, between $2500-$5,000 each, for female faculty or faculty members whose research is centrally concerned with the role of women in society, science, or arts and letters. The grant may be used at any time during the academic year to support research-related expenses. Preference will be given to those who have presented a work-in-progress at FQT/GSWS or who plan to present a work-in-progress. 

Application Cycle:

  • TCPW faculty research grant applications are due on April 15 
  • notification of awards will be made by mid-May

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

  • 2-page summary of the research you wish to undertake, including an explanation of how the grant will be used to facilitate the research
  • budget information on how TCPW funds will be spent and the requested time period for using the funds
  • curriculum vitae
  • name of a University reference.

The application should also describe why the grant would be particularly useful to you at this time. Also required is information about other sources of research funding you have currently. Those who have previously applied and did not receive an award are encouraged to apply again.

Research proposals will be reviewed, and the grants awarded, through a peer review process. Grant recipients are expected to submit a written report accounting how the money was at the conclusion of the grant period, and are encouraged to present their research at an Alice Paul Center forum. Any subsequent publication of the research results should acknowledge the support of the Council.

For further information, contact Che Gossett For more information about the TCPW, click here

Recent Award Recipients


The Arc of Abolition: The Children of Gradual Emancipation and the Origins of National Freedom

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

Examining the Experiences of Girls of Color in Independent Schools
Jessa Lingel
Annenberg School for Communication

Feminist and Political Activism: California Nurses Association - In honor of Phoebe Leboy
Krystal Strong

Political Training Grounds: Schools and the Rise of Youth Power in Nigeria After Democracy
S. Pearl Brilmyer

The Science of Character: Matter, Form, and the Ends of Victorian Realism
Lily Brown
Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety

Predicting the Trajectory of Suicidal Ideation and Attempts in Adolescence
Cynthia Connolly
Penn Nursing Science

Nurses and Human Experimentation: A Twentieth Century History
Megan Kassabaum

Coles Creek Platform Mound Sites at Smith Creek in Wilkinson County, Mississippi - in honor of Phoebe Leboy
Dawn Teele
Political Science

Understanding the Gender Voting Gap for the First Women Voters
Francesca Ammon
City and Regional Planning

Preserving the City: Salvaging the Past to Reconstruct the Future in Society Hill, Philadelphia
Hsiao-wen Cheng
East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Manless Women: Medicine, Celibacy, and Female Sexuality in Medieval China
Julia Lynch
Political Science

Progressivism without the People: How the Politics of Health Inequality Undermines Redistribution
Ramah McKay
History and Sociology of Science

More-Than-Global Health in Mozambique: Locating Care Work in Transnational Spaces
Lisa Mitchell
South Asia Studies

Hailing the State: Collective Action and the Politics of Representation in Modern India