Call for Applications: 2023-24 Research Associate Program, Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Lily Sendroff Announcement
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields
Women's & Gender History / Studies

Call for Applications: 2023-24 Research Associates
Five College Women’s Studies Research Center

The Five College Women's Studies Research Center is delighted to announce that applications are now open for our 2023-24 Research Associates Program. Prospective applicants can visit our website or the linked flyer and information packet for more information. Please share widely.

Any questions may be directed to the Center's Director, Jacquelyne Luce, at, or Program Coordinator, Lily Sendroff, at Interested applicants are also encouraged to attend our information session next week. If there is demonstrated interest, the Center will schedule an additional information session in February, 2023.

Friday, February 24, 2023
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by April 1, 2023.

Monday, January 23, 2023, 1-2pm EST
The Director and current Research Associates will be available to provide more details about the program and answer questions. 


About the Center 

Founded in 1991, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center (FCWSRC) is a vibrant site of local, national, and international engaged, intersectional feminist scholarship, cultural production, and activism from diverse perspectives. The Center has a rich history of supporting transnational work and recognizing the diverse pathways and plurality of forms that feminist creative and academic scholarship can take. Located on the campus of Hampshire College, the Center is supported by the Five College Consortium, which includes Hampshire College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since 1966, the five institutions have been recognized for their cooperation and innovation in higher education. The Consortium boasts one of the largest concentrations of feminist scholars anywhere in the world. The Center has hosted over 450 semester and year-long visiting scholars as part of its Research Associates Program and welcomed many other guest speakers to the Five Colleges. 

Opportunities and Expectations

The Center's hub at Hampshire College includes: dedicated, quiet office space, a large seminar room, a community office, and expansive outdoor space. Over the course of a semester or full academic year, visiting scholars (appointed as Research Associates) undertake their projects within an interdisciplinary feminist community, participating in regular weekly programming and special events across the Five College Consortium. Associates also share knowledge about their areas of specialization through workshops or symposia. An Associateship offers access to: writing accountability groups; professional development workshops; networking opportunities with leading scholars and feminist makers; and surrounding area libraries, archives, and resources.

Research Associates are expected to establish the Center as their work-home for the duration of their appointment. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of Associates. While we are unable to provide funding, the Center is committed to supporting feminist scholars who are seeking funding to support a stay at the Center. We recognize that travel or relocation for an extended period of time may not be possible for many different reasons. The Center hosts scholars and creatives who are visiting the area to work with local resources, give guest talks, or undertake collaborative work with others in the area and welcomes inquiries about possibilities for shorter term visits. 

Eligibility Requirements

The Center is committed to supporting engaged, intersectional feminist scholarship and values diversity in terms of background, experience, geography, discipline, perspective, and practice. To that end, activists, practitioners, artists, and independent and affiliated scholars (including graduate students in the later stages of their degree) are encouraged to apply. Applicants’ work should be situated within and informed by the expansive fields of women’s and gender studies, feminist studies, and/or queer and trans studies. We welcome projects engaging with specialist and emerging areas of inquiry, as well as community-based or creative forms of knowledge production and circulation. Local (to the Five College area), non-local U.S.-based, and international applicants are invited to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an online application, which involves making an account with Interfolio. Exact details for the application process can be found in our information packet.

Contact Information

Lily Sendroff
Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Program Coordinator

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