Sarah Pettit Doctoral Workshop

Yale LGBT Studies is pleased to announce that the Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship in Lesbian Studies at Yale University will be changing from a one-year dissertation fellowship to an intensive dissertation writing workshop for a group of doctoral fellows coming from universities outside of Yale. We plan to announce the theme of the 2015-2016 Sarah Pettit Fellowship Workshop in this fall, and accept applications with a March 28, 2016 deadline.

Students who are working on projects within the scope of lesbian studies (read broadly) are encouraged to check our home page in the early fall for application information. The committee interprets “Lesbian Studies” in this context as being able to encompass the study of a broad range of genders, gender identities, and sexualities.

The Sarah Pettit Fellows will be hosted at Yale University for three days of intensive dissertation workshopping during the Spring 2015 under the mentoring of one Yale and one non-Yale faculty mentor. They will receive transportation, room, and board at Yale University; a research stipend of $500; and the opportunity to have faculty in LGBT Studies at Yale closely engage with their work. Fellows may also petition to spend extra time in the Yale human sexuality archives after the workshop period.

The Sarah Pettit Fund was established in 2003 as a permanent endowment to honor and perpetuate the memory of lesbian activist Sarah Pettit, who earned her BA from Yale in 1988. Pettit died in 2003 in the midst of a high profile career as a writer, editor, and LGBTQ advocate. She was for many years the editor-in-chief and vice president of OUT Magazine, which she co-founded in 1992. In 1999, she was appointed the senior editor of Newsweek’s Arts and Entertainment section. She served on the advisory board of the New York Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project.

From 2006 to 2014, the Sarah Pettit Fellowship was run as a biennial fellowship providing a year of support to a graduate student, from an institution other than Yale, who was writing a dissertation in LGBT Studies, with lesbian studies as its focus. From 2015 onwards, the format changed to a dissertation writing workshop for scholars working on themes in lesbian studies.

Recipients of the Sarah Pettit Fellowship:

2006-2007   Emma Heaney, University of California, Irvine

2008-2009   Margo Miller, Northwestern University

2010-2011   Serena Dankwa, University of Berne, Switzerland

2013-2014   Nessette Falu, Rice University