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


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

Funding Opportunities for UChicago Faculty Affiliates

Deadline: Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 5:00pm 

To apply: Email proposals to CSGS Executive Director Gina Olson at golson@uchicago.edu

Selections will be made in April 2023. Funds will be available from July 1, 2023 to May 30, 2024.

Course Development Grants for UChicago Faculty 

The CSGS is offering $1500 in research award funding for UChicago faculty who develop a new undergraduate course (possibly open to masters-level students) in gender and/or sexuality studies, to be taught in two of the next three years. Some topics of interest include but are not limited to feminist science studies, intersectional feminisms, media, Asian-American Studies, and transnational sexualities or feminisms. Senior and junior faculty are invited to apply. These courses will be considered part of our Problems in the Study of Gender and Sexuality course series. Beginning with the class of 2022, our undergraduate majors are required to enroll in at least one Problems course as a requirement to graduate with a GNSE degree. We expect to award two to three grants each year. 

To apply, submit a one-page description/proposal for a new course. Please indicate the course’s general outline, the students for whom it would be most appropriate (undergrad, MAPH/MAPSS, graduate), and the gap it fills in current offerings. 

Faculty-Led Events and Faculty-Led Projects/Series 

CSGS provides funding for a limited number of one-off faculty-led events and more long-term faculty-led projects. In the spring quarter, we solicit proposals for the COMING academic year. Our goal is for these grants to encourage and support original research, fieldwork and critical textual analyses designed to produce new knowledge and insights into contemporary debates in feminist, queer and sex theory. University of Chicago faculty and postdoctoral fellows interested in organizing and running a project or an event at the Center should submit a proposal according to the guidelines below. Collaborative projects or events with other UChicago faculty, graduate or undergraduate students, or community groups are encouraged. 

Our funds for faculty-led events are focused on a singular event or workshop during the next academic. Our faculty-led projects are focused on a series of programming that may span over the next two academic years. .  

  • Faculty-Led Events: We welcome proposals from faculty for one-off events, such as bringing in a speaker for a lecture or seminar, a conference, or a short-term workshop. We imagine an event that is open to our students and faculty, and we strongly encourage faculty to look for other sources of funding to augment this event. Our funding for this type of grant will not exceed $2,000. CSGS staff may be able to give some logistical to support, but we do imagine that the faculty member will be the main organizer and point of contact for the event.

    To submit a proposal for a faculty-led event, please submit a proposal that includes the following: a description of the event; sponsoring faculty (names and departments), students and any others involved; proposed dates (estimated or confirmed, please note which); possible partners or co-sponsors; and a proposed venue. Attach a rough budget, estimating event costs: honoraria, airfare and hotel, food/catering, poster and other publicity, audio-visual, venue or recording expenses, other materials, or planning costs. Proposals may be submitted for any quarter in the coming academic year.  
  • Faculty Projects: We welcome proposals for faculty-led projects and series that will span one academic year with a potential for continuing for a second academic year. Faculty projects should be organized around a particular theme broadly related to gender & sexuality. As examples, we have sponsored faculty projects on gender & sexuality in the Middle Ages, sexuality and contemporary capitalism, experimental writing in queer theory, and artist approaches to gender & sexuality. To run a faculty project, the faculty head should be interested in organizing a series of programs, workshops, seminars, artist talks, or media screenings over the course of one to two academic years. We imagine that the faculty project will be part of our yearly programming at the Center and will have two to three public-facing events each academic year. We will sponsor faculty readings groups on a particular theme, but we would request one or two outside speakers a year who give public talks for our academic community.

    Faculty projects must have a named faculty director who will be responsible for running the programming. Faculty directors will receive a research stipend of $3000 and $1,000 for the cost of a research assistant to help coordinate the logistics of the programming. Additionally, a faculty project will have up to $5,000 in programming funds. CSGS staff may be able to provide some administrative support for the logistics of events, but we do expect that the faculty director will hire a graduate student assistant. Co-led or group projects are welcome; research funds will be split between faculty co-leaders and RA and program funds will be shared.

    To submit a proposal, please submit the following: a description and objectives of the project; sponsoring faculty (names and departments), students and any others involved; relevant dates (estimated or confirmed, please note which); possible partners or co-sponsors; and a proposed venue. Attach a rough budget, estimating event costs: honoraria, airfare and hotel, food/catering, poster and other publicity, audio-visual, venue or recording expenses, other materials, or planning costs. If you are submitting to renew a funded faculty project for a second year, please add a paragraph that discusses the events and the outcomes of your work in the past year.  

Research Grants for Junior Faculty at UChicago 

The CSGS is excited to announce a new call for small research grants of up to $3,000 for junior faculty affiliated with the Center. Successful applicants must agree to present an aspect of their funded research at the Center within two years of the grant. We anticipate awarding two research fellowships each year. 

To apply, junior faculty affiliates must submit a proposal that provides a project summary accessible to non-specialists, a description of the research to be done and how it contributes to knowledge about gender and/or sexuality broadly defined, and a detailed budget of up to $3000. The proposal should not exceed 4,000 words and does not need to include a citation list.