Research Associates Program

Each year, the Center hosts a cohort of local and international scholars and activists for three to eight months, providing office space, access to Five College resources, and cultivating a community in which feminist work can flourish. Applications for the following academic year typically open in late fall.

About the Program

Research Associates are provided access to resources across the Five College consortium and surrounding area, as well as opportunities to network with preeminent scholars, workshop and present their projects, and build feminist community across discipline, methodology, and geography. This is a self-funded residency spanning one semester or a full academic year.

Applications for our 2023-24 Research Associates program will open soon.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Friday, February 17, 2023

ZOOM INFORMATION SESSION:
Monday, January 24, 2023

2023-24 Call for Applications

Founded in 1991, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center is a vibrant site of local, national, and international engaged, critical feminist scholarship, cultural production, and activism from diverse perspectives. The Center has a rich history of supporting transnational work, with a recognition of 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 as well as Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since 1966, the five institutions have been noted for their cooperation and innovation in higher education and boast one of the largest concentrations of women’s and gender studies scholars anywhere in the world. Research Associates are encouraged to take advantage of Five College and surrounding area libraries, archives, and resources.

The Center's hub at Hampshire College includes dedicated, quiet office space, a large seminar room, a community office, and expansive outdoor space. Associates are in residence at the Center throughout the week over the course of a semester or full academic year, actively participating in regular weekly programming and special events across the Five College Consortium. Associateships offer access to: an interdisciplinary feminist community; writing accountability groups; opportunities to share work-in-progress, both with the cohort and broader audiences; and professional development and networking opportunities with leading scholars and feminist makers. Research Associates are also able to take advantage of Five College and surrounding area libraries, archives, and resources.

The Center is committed to supporting engaged, critical 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 may be situated within and informed by the expansive fields of women’s and gender studies, feminist studies, or queer and trans studies, as well as specialist and emerging areas of inquiry and 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 welcome.
 
This is a self-funded residency. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of Associates. This is a self-funded residency. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of Associates. The Research Associates program is an in-person program. If travel or relocating for an extended period of time isn’t feasible (for so many different reasons), we are keen to support feminist connectivity through hybrid opportunities and short-term remote and in person residencies.

Funding Support Requests: The Center supports feminist scholars who are submitting applications for funding to support short and long term residencies at the Center and recognizes that the submission deadlines might fall out of cycle with our core application process. We review such requests for support on an ongoing basis: the same materials listed below need to be submitted.Unfortunately, we currently cannot review materials outside of the academic year (June 1 through September 1).
 
Short-term, single, or multiple visits: The Center also hosts scholars and creatives who are visiting the area to work with local resources, undertaking collaborative work with others in the area, or who are interested in participating in in-person events.
 
If either of these options aligns with your scholarly/creative needs, or if you have questions about a potential alternative arrangement, please contact us fcwsrc@fivecolleges.edu.

Applicants should complete an online application, which involves making an account with Interfolio. They should be prepared to provide the following information via the online form:

  • Name and contact information
  • Current position/title and institution/organization (or indicate unaffiliated/independent status), as well as office contact information, if applicable
  • Desired length of residency (Fall 2023 semester, spring 2024 semester, or full academic year)
  • Title of the project
  • Project abstract (under 150 words)
  • Key words
  • A brief bio (under 150 words)
  • An explanation of sources of funding (grants, fellowships, self, etc)
  • If you are an alum of the Center, please provide us with the year/semester of your Associateship, as well as your institutional affiliation at the time (if applicable)
  • For scholars whose research involves collection of data from human subjects (via oral histories, interviews, questions, surveys, etc), they should indicate whether their work has been approved by an appropriate ethics committee
  • Contact information for two professional references (references are contacted upon reviewing applications, so there is no need for the applicant to refer references to Interfolio)
  • For international applicants:
    • Country of citizenship
    • For J-1 Exchange Visitors, whether the English proficiency requirement for a U.S. visa is met (degree from an English language institution, TOEFL, or anticipated interview with Center Director)
    • Any additional information that the selection committee should know

Applicants will also be asked to upload two PDF documents: 1) a curriculum vitae and 2) a project proposal of up to three pages in length, single spaced. The project proposal should describe:

  • the project in detail, including methodologies employed and a breakdown of the work that the applicant plans to undertake at the Center.
  • the project’s contribution to and significance in the fields of Women's and Gender Studies, Feminist Studies, and/or Queer and Trans Studies.
  • how undertaking the project for a semester/academic year at the Center would both benefit your project and contribute to the Five College community. Applicants might consider access to museum/archival resources, specific networks and interactions with Five College scholars and collaborators, having dedicated space, time, and community, etc.