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 2022-23 Associateship program are closed. The next application process will open in late fall of 2023.

If you would like to learn more about the program, or if you are interested in applying in the future, please review the materials from our most recent application process below.

2022-23 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 CollegeSmith 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.

The Center also has connections to Five College and surrounding area libraries, archives, and resources, which Research Associates are encouraged to take advantage of in order to advance work on their projects.

The Center's hub at Hampshire College includes dedicated, quiet office space, a large seminar room, a community office, and expansive outdoor space. Associates spend at least half of each week (with limited exceptions) at the Center for the duration of a single semester or full academic year. Regular weekly programming (with times to be determined in conversation with Associates) and special events 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.

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 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. In keeping with the Center's ongoing commitment to supporting international and transnational feminist scholarship, a remote residency may be an option if international travel is unfeasible.

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 2022 semester, spring 2023 semester, or full academic year)
  • Title of the project
  • Project abstract (under 150 words)
  • A brief bio (under 150 words)
  • An explanation of sources of funding (grants, fellowships, self, etc)
  • 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
  • For international applicants:
    • Country of citizenship
    • For J-1 Exchange Visitors, whether the English proficiency requirement for a visa is met
    • Interest in a remote residency should international travel be unfeasible
    • 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 and Genders Studies, Feminist, and/or Queer and Trans Studies.
  • how undertaking the project for a semester/academic year at the Center would be of value. 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.