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Co-Sponsorship Guidelines

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality enthusiastically welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other departments, institutes, centers, and student groups to support the wide range of intellectual, cultural, and artistic activities that are consistent with IRWGS’s mission.

Co-sponsorship requests should be submitted to Laura Ciolkowski, Associate Director, subject line: “Co-Sponsorship,” and should include the following:

  • 1-page description of event or activity
  • Specific nature of the support requested from IRWAG and co-sponsor role
  • Budget, including other sources of support


Visiting Scholars

IRWGS welcomes applications from visiting scholars.

Please note that according to University policy, “visiting scholar” is a courtesy designation that does not signify a formal association with the University. Individuals given these titles may not claim a University affiliation for the purpose of applying for grants or contracts and should not represent themselves in their publications, correspondence, and/or curriculum vitae as having a University affiliation.

Visiting scholars are responsible for arranging their own financial support and benefits while in residence, including travel to and from New York, living expenses, suitable housing, and university or library fees.  We are unable to provide office space at IRWGS at this time.

How to apply:

Scholars with an invitation or letter of support from an IRWGS faculty member should email irwgs@columbia.edu (subject line: "Visiting Scholar Application") with the following documentation:

  • current curriculum vitae
  • current driver's license or passport
  • one-page description of intended research project

Foreign nationals will ordinarily need a J-1 visa in order to visit the University. Upon submission of all the documentation required by the United States government, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will issue the DS-2019 form needed to support the J-1 application. The application for the DS-2019 is available from the ISSO. It is accompanied by detailed guidelines on its completion and on the government regulations with which applicants for a J-1 visa must comply.


IRWGS Statement on Non-Tenure-Track faculty

Non-Tenure-Track teachers are a crucial part of teaching at Columbia, including IRWGS.

IRWGS seeks to be on the forefront of establishing equitable working conditions for our NTT colleagues, particularly in terms of hiring, establishing and communicating rights and responsibilities, and clarifying and regularizing the security of their employment and the remuneration for it. Based on the recommendations outlined in the MLA’s 2011 paper on “Professional Employment Practices for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members: Recommendations and Evaluative Questions,” we make the following recommendations: 

1. IRWGS needs to establish clear procedures for hiring NTT faculty, including last minute hires. NTT faculty will be hired by a committee composed of the Director, the Associate Director, and one additional faculty member from the EC.  They will consider course descriptions, teaching evaluations, quality of scholarship, and a personal interview before making a decision.

2. IRWGS NTT faculty will be paid a minimum of $7000 per course, a sum that exceeds Columbia’s standard NTT compensation.

3. The IRWGS Director, in conversation with the appropriate University Offices should inform all NTT instructors about their responsibilities, benefits, and rights (including grievance procedures) in an official letter.

4. The IRWGS Director will offer performance reviews, at the end of the semester, or year, depending upon the appointment.

5. NTT faculty will be invited to all IRWGS events and will be integrated into the intellectual life of the Institute. 

6. NTT faculty teaching on a regular basis, three or more years, may be invited to serve on the EC and on subcommittees.