Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship

This traditionally biennial fellowship provides a year of support to a graduate student, from an institution other than Yale, who is writing a dissertation in LGBT Studies, with lesbian studies as its focus. The winner receives a stipend, and residence in New Haven and participation in LGBTS is required during the tenure of the fellowship. The current fellowship recipient is Nessette Falu from Rice University.

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.

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