AFIAfrican Feminist Initiative

Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships and Grants

Internal Grants

The African Feminist Initiative awards seed grants of up to $1,500 to support the professional development of doctoral students and faculty members (tenure-track, tenured, and teaching faculty) who are engaged in research projects that advance knowledge about African feminisms.

These awards can be used to support research, as well as relevant travel, and are processed as a reimbursement for approved expenses. Joint proposals are welcome, although at least one applicant must have an appointment within the College of the Liberal Arts.


2023 - 2024

Gabriel Pulido “MyDragView: Archival Research and Drag Artistry as a Feminist Pedagogy of Crossing for the Diaspora”

Eden Mekonen “But You Don’t Look Habesha?’ Assessing the Impact of Phenotypic Bias Among Eritrean and Ethiopian Diasporic Women and Femmes in Los Angeles”

Amy Omolo “Re-imagining Waithood: Narratives of Young Kenyans Negotiating Adulthood”

2022 - 2023

Tembi Charles, “The Phenomenology of Migration: Border Crossings in Zimbabwean Migrant Literature and Visual Art” $1250

Qiyu Chen, “East African Women Writers and Swahili Theater During the Cold War” $1250

Christina Sztajnkrycer, “Education of Alienation: How a Secular French Education Led to the Alienation of North African Jewish Women from Their Homes, Communities and Ancestral Identities” $1250

Eden Mekonen, “‘But You Don’t Look Habesha?’ Assessing the Impact of Phenotypic Bias Among Eritrean and Ethiopian Diasporic Women and Femmes in Los Angeles” $1250

2021 - 2022

Kaitlin Fischer, “Peanut Value Chain Development and the Welfare of Ghanaian Women Farmers,” $2000

Irene Momanyi, “Trauma, Testimony, and Memory in Narratives of the Genocide against the Tutsi ,” $2000

2020 - 2021

Halima Gbaguidi, “Exploring Rural Women and Girls’ Perceptions Toward Participating into Leadership Positions as a Vector of Empowerment in Niger,” $2500

Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse, “Bringing the Non-Subservient Black Women to South African Philosophy,” $1000

Abderrahim Ouarghidi, “Gendered Perception and Priorities for Water Use and Management in the Face of Growing Water Scarcity,” $2000

2019 - 2020

AnneMarie Mingo, “Black Churchwomen Education and Equipping for Transformative Political Impact,” $2500

Dani Buffa, “Boziky Lahiny/Boziky Vavy: Women’s Knowledge, Conservation Policy, and Shellfishing in Southwestern Madagascar,” $2500

Ebony Creswell, “Ecosocial Infectious Disease Dynamics of Southwestern Madagascar,” $1500

Ivana Ancic, “Thinking Outside the Archive: South African Women’s Technologies of Memory,” $2400

Nancy Luke, “Using Women’s Solidarity in Ghanaian Churches to Promote Breast Cancer Screening,” $2500

Paulina Rodis, “Online Fight or Offline Flight? Black and Asian Women’s Perceptions of and Responses to Cyber Aggression,” $1500

How to Apply

Dates for application materials for 2022-2023 cycle will be added when available. Applicants must submit a PDF with the following materials:

  • Cover page with applicant’s name, contact information, PSU ID number, project title, and total grant amount requested. Faculty should note their academic rank and title. Graduate students should indicate when they expect to be (or became) ABD.
  • Two-page (single-spaced) description of the project, including:
    • Significance of the project and relevance to African feminisms and/or to the work of the AFI;
    • Expected outcome; and timetable for project’s completion.
  • Itemized budget describing how funds will be used. Please note other sources of funding received or solicited, along with the amounts.
  • Curriculum vitae of most relevant work (2-page max).
  • Graduate student applicants must include a confidential letter of support from their advisor, Department Head, or Graduate Director (can be sent directly by the referee).

Recipients of this award may be required to present their work at future AFI programming.