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Linda Pei Undergraduate Research Grant

Funding Opportunities

First awarded in 2008, the Linda Pei Undergraduate Research Grant supports an undergraduate research project related to issues of women’s empowerment such as gender equality in the workplace, access to reproductive health care, and women's political leadership. Research projects related to women in developing countries—such as micro-finance and access to education—will also be considered. The $1,000 grant is to be used to further research.

Application materials should include:

  • a three to five page description of your research project
  • a letter of support from your advisor
  • a brief description of how you would use the grant funds, if awarded

The grant honors the life of Linda Pei ’67 (1944-2007). Linda was born in China and grew up in Tokyo. Her parents sent her to the United States for schooling at the age of sixteen. She graduated from Brown with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, earned a master’s degree in teaching from Wesleyan University, and completed a master’s degree in business administration at Stanford University. She founded the Women’s Equity Mutual Fund in 1993 to advance the social and economic status of women in the workplace by bringing to bear the collective power of individual and institutional investors. She also founded a program to integrate entrepreneurial learning and microfinance in a small community in China.

2021/22 Recipient

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Jamila Beesley ’22
American Studies, International and Public Affairs
"The Architects of the Solutions They Need: Dalit Feminism in the U.S. Caste Abolition Movement"

Jamila Beesley 22's thesis, "The Architects of the Solutions They Need: Dalit Feminism in the U.S. Caste Abolition Movement," traces dynamic histories of caste supremacy in the South Asian American diaspora and celebrates the growth of Dalit feminist-led organizing against brahmanical patriarchy. Using a variety of primary media sources, Beesley narrates seemingly disparate stories of immigration, labor exploitation, sensationalized journalism, vigilante rescue, white feminism, and powerful South Asian feminist resistance to contextualize the nascent Dalit civil rights movement in the United States. Beesley's thesis uplifts the vibrant work of Dalit feminist activists and young anti-caste organizers advocating for protections against caste discrimination in civil rights policies.

Past Recipients

  • 2020/2021 - Clare Boyle, Comparative Literature
    To Steal a Dream
  • 2019/2020 - Ella J. Satish, Latin American and Caribbean Studies; PLME
    El Programa Materno-Infantil: The Cuban Maternal Health System as a Model for Care of Black Mothers in the United States
  • 2018/2019 - Francesca Raoelison, Psychology/Business Entrepreneurship and Organizations
    Preventing Abuse and Domestic Violence in Antananarivo – Madagascar
  • 2017/2018 - Sarah Nicita, Brown/RISD – Cognitive Neuroscience/Textiles
    Miao Women: Traditional Textile Craft, Socioeconomic Mobilization and Challenges to Sustainability
  • 2016/2017 - Alice Hamblett, Anthropology
    Revolutionary or Reaffirming? Maternal Health Care as a Measure and Determinant of Gender Equality in Cuba
  • 2015/2016 - Penelope Kyritsis, Postcolonial Legal Studies
    Sexual humanitarianism and the politics of pity and control in Marseille and Athens
  • 2014/2015 - Chanelle Adams, Science and Technology Studies
    Gender, Health, Commodity, Power: Situating Malagasy Medico-Botanical Community Practices in the "Informal Economy"
  • 2013/2014 - Natalie Posever, Anthropology
    Time to go Home: The challenges of transitioning out of the NICU for Primarily Spanish-speaking Mothers with Medicaid Infants
  • 2012/2013 - Kenna Hawes, Community Health; Music, Theory and Composition
    Restoring a Culture of Respect: Community Perspectives on Addressing Intimate Partner Violence on American Indian Reservations
  • 2011/2012 - Nicole Friedman, English Literature
    Female health disparities across the United States
  • 2010/2011 - Christine Zaleski, Environmental Studies
    How has community based management impacted human and ecosystem welfare in two oyster restoration projects?: Lessons from conservation strategies in Rhode Island and the Gambia
  • 2009/2010 - Julie Siwicki, Development Studies; Economics
    Credit, Investments, and Women: The roles of Informal Finance and Micro-finance in Urban Mali
  • 2008/2009 - Debbie Lehmann, Economics
    Examining the role of Argentina’s Pro Mujer microfinance programs on women’s empowerment and on the dynamics of their marital relationships