The Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship

2017 Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer  

History and Overview

This scholarship fund was established by Sociologists for Women in Society with a bequest from Dr. Barbara Rosenblum, an active and longstanding member, who died February 14, 1988 after a long battle with breast cancer. Colleagues, friends, and family made contributions to the fund in Barbara’s memory, and fund-raising efforts continue to ensure that a scholarship can be offered every other year.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage doctoral research in sociology, anthropology, psychology and related fields on women’s experience of breast cancer and other reproductive cancers and the prevention of these cancers. Another goal of the scholarship is to encourage scholars to make this type of research accessible to the public through speaking and publishing for lay audiences.


$1,500 will be awarded to support any aspect of doctoral research and/or publication and presentation of results from the date advanced to candidacy through one year after receiving the doctorate. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of SWS in August. All applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their work with a member of the committee.



The candidate must identify as a woman with a feminist orientation who is sensitive to studying women’s cancers and their impact on diverse groups of women, including those of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, language, religion, geographical areas, and other cultural perspectives. The candidate must have an approved prospectus for doctoral research. The topic should be useful academically and should also have pragmatic and practical applications such as informing and empowering women, demystifying the disease, and/or having implications for the breast cancer epidemic more broadly. The scholarship is intended for researchers who plan to present their findings and applications to lay audiences as well as social scientists.


To Apply

To apply for the Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship please send the following to Ana Porroche-Escudero at by April 1, 2017.


  1. electronic copy of the application form  [Click to access printable application form.]
  2. electronic copy of your CV
  3. electronic copy of your dissertation proposal or prospectus


Please do not send more than 15 pages.  If the full proposal is longer, select the section or sections which most clearly describe what you are doing, who your subjects will be, and what methods you will use. If you are near completion, please include a brief statement describing the above and major findings.



2016  Cinzia Greco

2015  Jennifer James

2013  Julie Armin

2011  Ana Porroche-Escudero