Exterior at night

The Center at night

Side Entrance

The entrance of the CSGS

Heather Love audience

The audience listens as Lauren Berlant introduces Heather Love in 2014

Class discussion

Students participate in a classroom discussion at the Center

Héctor Carrillo

Héctor Carrillo talks with students after his book talk in 2018

Joan Scott

Joan Scott speaking at the Center in 2017

panel

Students listen to panelists present in 2017

Community room

The Community Room at 5733 S University

center door

Center entrance

5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

Bhanu Kapil

Poet Bhanu Kapil at the Center in 2016

Graduate Funding

Fellowship Opportunities

University of Chicago PhD students from all disciplines who are working in the areas of gender and/or sexuality studies are encouraged to apply for a Residential or Dissertation fellowship.

You can apply for multiple fellowships through the application but you will only be eligible to receive one.

The application for AY 2021-22 is now closed.

Dissertation Fellowships

The Center offers two fellowships for PhD students focusing on gender and/or sexuality within any discipline.

Eligibility: Applicants must have been admitted to candidacy by April 1st, 2021 and should be at an advanced stage of writing their dissertation. Applicants must be willing to be “in residence” at CSGS for the main three academic quarters, defined as participating in lectures and workshops on a bi-weekly basis and utilizing the provided office space at the Center for a minimum of 2 days a week. Some travel for research for brief periods is allowed, but this must be discussed with the CSGS Faculty Director in advance.

Award: The successful candidates will receive a stipend of $23,000 for the academic year 2021-22. Tuition, student fees, and health insurance will be covered by the award. If you matriculated Summer 2016 or later and are on the new funding model, the CSGS will add $5,000 to the stipend you are receiving from the University. The recipients of this fellowship will also be given a shared office at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality from September 7, 2021 through August 26, 2022. Recipients of the fellowship are expected to participate in and present at the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop and to attend CSGS events as well as participate in the intellectual life of the center as a whole.

Please note: Other University of Chicago funding may restrict eligibility. Because the intent behind these fellowships is to allow the awardee to devote her/his full attention and effort to the dissertation, the terms of this award do not allow one to engage in any remunerative activity or to hold any other award during the period. Under some circumstances, an exception may be made for teaching one course, but this will be subject to some restrictions.

The following required materials will be requested with your application:

  • Two-page curriculum vitae
  • Two-page statement of purpose/cover letter describing your work in relation to your general intellectual preparation, commitments, etc.
  • One- to five-page prospectus (description of your dissertation)
  • One chapter of your dissertation
  • Timeline for completion of dissertation
  • The email address of your dissertation chair who will serve as your recommender for this award

Joint Dissertation Completion Fellowship (CSGS/CSRPC)

The Center offers one joint fellowship with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture for a PhD student working in the intersection of the topics of race and ethnicity and gender and/or sexuality within any discipline.

Eligibility: Applicants must have been admitted to candidacy by April 1st, 2021 and should be at an advanced stage of writing their dissertation. Applicants must be willing to be “in residence” at CSGS or CSRPC for the main three academic quarters, defined as participating in lectures and workshops on a bi-weekly basis and utilizing the provided office space at the Center for a minimum of 2 days a week. Some travel for research for brief periods is allowed, but this must be discussed with the CSGS Faculty Director in advance.

Award: The successful candidates will receive a stipend of $27,000 for the academic year 2021-22. Tuition, student fees, and health insurance will be covered by the award. The recipients of this fellowship will also be given a shared office at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality or the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture from September 7, 2021 through August 26, 2022. Recipients of the fellowship are expected to participate in and present at both Center’s workshops and to attend events as well as participate in the intellectual life of the centers as a whole.

Please note: Other University of Chicago funding may restrict eligibility. Because the intent behind these fellowships is to allow the awardee to devote her/his full attention and effort to the dissertation, the terms of this award do not allow one to engage in any remunerative activity or to hold any other award during the period. Under some circumstances, an exception may be made for teaching one course, but this will be subject to some restrictions.  If the degree is not completed within six months of the end of the CSRPC/CSGS fellowship tenure, you will be ineligible for further University financial aid from any source, including tuition grants typically awarded in connection with teaching appointments.

The following required materials will be requested with your application:

  • Two-page curriculum vitae
  • Two-page statement of purpose/cover letter describing your work in relation to your general intellectual preparation, commitments, etc.
  • One- to five-page prospectus (description of your dissertation)
  • One chapter of your dissertation
  • Timeline for completion of dissertation
  • The email addresses of two faculty recommenders – one must be your dissertation chair

Residential Fellowships

In 2021-22, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will offer up to seven Residential Fellowships in gender and/or sexuality studies.

Eligibility: University of Chicago PhD students from all disciplines working in the areas of gender and/or sexuality are encouraged to apply.

Award: This fellowship provides a research fund of $1,000 along with shared office space at the Center. Recipients of the fellowship are expected to participate in and present at the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop and to attend CSGS events as well as participate in the intellectual life of the center as a whole.

The following required materials will be requested with your application:

  • Two-page curriculum vitae
  • Two-page statement of purpose/cover letter describing your work in relation to your general intellectual preparation, commitments, etc.
  • One- to five-page prospectus (description of your dissertation)

Please contact Bonnie Kanter, Student Affairs Administrator, at bonniek@uchicago.edu with any questions.

Research Pivot Grant for Graduate Students

Apply Now!

Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

As an acknowledgement of how Covid-19 has changed research plans this year, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality has announced a research grant for graduate students. Many students have had to pivot from conducting field research - this grant is designed to help with costs of other components of thesis and dissertation research that can be done safely during this time. This could include costs of transcriptions, purchasing texts or software, interview incentives, or other non-travel related costs. (Computer and hardware purchases excluded.) To be eligible, the research must be related to the study of gender and/or sexuality. PhD Candidates can apply for a maximum of $1,000. MA students can apply for a maximum of $500. Applications are available here and include a C.V., a grant proposal, a budget for the project, and a letter of recommendation. Awards will be announced by the end of March. Funds must be spent and receipts submitted for reimbursement by May. If you have questions, please contact Bonnie Kanter at bonniek@uchicago.edu.