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Call for IRWGS Graduate Fellows

March 23, 2016



IRWGS Graduate Fellowships

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS) seeks applications for 2016-17 graduate fellows.  Graduate fellows will be expected to participate actively in IRWGS activities and to complete a maximum of 60 hours of work per semester.  Fellows will coordinate the IRWGS Graduate Colloquium (described below), organize the Graduate Student Open House, attend and help with IRWGS public programs, and assist the IRWGS Director and Associate Director, and the Directors of Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Studies with occasional research, administrative, and social media.

Stipends will be $3000 per semester. 

Selection will be based on academic distinction in feminist and departmental scholarly work, and a proven commitment to IRWGS and its activities. IRWGS Graduate Fellowships are generally awarded to Ph.D. students who have completed or are in the process of completing the IRWGS graduate certificate.  Please note that IRWGS graduate fellows may not hold other fellowships or grants (including the Whiting and the Kluge from Columbia) in 2016-17. Applicants must indicate in their application any plans to apply for other fellowships and grants in 2016-17 and must inform the Institute if they accept other grants that may conflict with the IRWGS Graduate Fellowship requirements. These are GSAS rules.  Occasionally the position is divided between two fellows who share duties and the stipend.


The IRWGS Graduate Colloquium

The Colloquium consists of two ongoing programs: “Theory Salon” and “Graduate Colloquium.”  IRWGS Graduate Fellows coordinate these programs and, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, have significant input into determining the content of both programs. In past years, meetings have focused on graduate student work-in-progress and recent published scholarship in the field, faculty-led discussion of particular texts or a body of work, current research by Columbia or visiting faculty members, and/or workshops on professional issues such as preparing work for conferences and for publication, drafting dissertation prospectuses, and applying for academic jobs.

Graduate Fellows will be expected to secure space for all events (usually the IRWGS seminar room), maintain a regularly updated email list, notify participants of upcoming events, copy and distribute any pre-circulated readings, purchase light refreshments for each meeting, maintain a Colloquium budget, and write IRWGS blog posts for all IRWGS public programs.

Please submit a brief letter of application, a CV, and a short writing sample to irwgs@columbia.edu by or before Friday, April 29, 2016. Please include the names and contact information of two faculty members familiar with your work and ask one of these faculty members to send a brief letter of support to irwgs@columbia.edu by April 29, 2016.