College of Public Health doctoral student awarded international fellowship

Published on October 3, 2022

Priyanka Dubey of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Priyanka Dubey

Priyanka Dubey, a University of Iowa doctoral student in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, has been awarded a 2022-23 International Doctoral Degree Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The AAUW fellowship program recognizes outstanding doctoral students for their academic achievement, scholarly promise, and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. The program aims to tackle barriers women face in education, particularly the burden of student debt.

“My research focuses on understanding lived experiences of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) among transgender and non-binary (TNB) people in urban India,” says Dubey. “With this research I aim to include and amplify voices of TNB population groups in the global discourse of MHM.”

Dubey says the fellowship from AAUW “will be helpful in pursuing and accomplishing my academic goals,” while helping to reduce some of the financial stress facing international students.

“AAUW funding supports living and professional traveling costs for international students who often struggle living at bare minimum financial support and funding,” Dubey says. “This fellowship will enable me to focus on my dissertation research rather than worrying about living costs.”

Dubey acknowledges faculty in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health –particularly Professor Rima Afifi and Associate Professor Will Story – who have been important mentors.

“Dr. Afifi and Dr. Story play a significant role in shaping my understanding and work on community and behavioral health,” Dubey notes. “I am grateful to the Department of Community and Behavioral Health for attracting the best faculty and allowing the students to learn and grow. The faculty in this department is truly exceptional.”

Dubey is also thankful to the UI Graduate College’s Grad Success Center, especially fellowship advisor Dr. Elizabeth Savelkoul, who provided effective and timely feedback on her application.

Founded in 1881, AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education. For the 2022-23 academic year, the organization awarded $6 million through its fellowships and grants programs to 320 scholars and community projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.