Working Groups



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Call for Proposals: IRW Interdisciplinary Working Groups

The Institute for Research on Women (IRW) requests proposals from faculty and graduate students to form working groups starting in Spring 2017. Are you exploring a new area of research relating to gender and sexuality, and looking for others to collaborate with? IRW working groups bring together people with common interests in gender and sexuality and may take a variety of forms. For example, one recent working group looked at transnational Asian visual and performative cultures; another group explored south-north dialogues on queer theory. The topics of working groups are open, and may also involve building skills such as grant writing, public scholarship, or organizing.

IRW will provide working groups with an initial award in the amount of $1500, with the possibility of requesting additional funds. IRW will also provide meeting space and logistical support. Working groups will be expected to hold regular meetings (a minimum of 3 per semester) but will have significant freedom with regard to their activities. We encourage working groups to develop a public education component of their project, for instance holding public lectures or brown-bag lunches related to their topic.

Proposals for working groups should provide the following information:

  • A description of the Working Group’s project and goals
  • A tentative schedule for the Working Group’s activities, including a plan for the group’s public education component
  • A budget, estimating how the $1500 award will be allocated
  • A list of at least 4 possible participants, drawn from different disciplines or departments and incorporating both faculty and graduate students. Collaborations between senior and junior faculty, and/or faculty and graduate students are especially encouraged, as are newly-formed collaborations between faculty (i.e. collaborations between faculty who do not usually work together).
  • The current CVs of the individuals who will lead the group

Groups comprised of scholars from all disciplines, schools, and programs on all Rutgers campuses are welcome to apply. Proposals should be received at IRW by December 16, 2016. All decisions of the selection committee are final. Applicants will be notified by January 13, 2017. Please contact IRW at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or would like more information.


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