Visiting Scholars

The Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies Visiting Scholars Program provide opportunities for scholars from all disciplines to conduct independent research related to gender and sexuality while in residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

Scholars will be provided with shared office space at the Center, a Penn email account, and library privileges. The Center will help to identify opportunities to connect with GSWS scholars across Penn’s campus and to present work-in-progress to the GSWS community. Visiting scholars also will be given the opportunity to organize a symposium on an area related to their research. Scholars are expected to participate in Center programming. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the Visiting Scholar. While this is an unpaid position ideal either for currently unaffiliated scholars or faculty on sabbatical or research grants, it does come with a full temporary institutional affiliation.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or its equivalent in hand at the start of affiliation. Preference will be given to candidates with a distinguished research profile. Residency may range from 3 months to one academic year. Scholars must be in residence throughout the requested timeframe of the appointment (dependent on covid restrictions). 

Applications are due by April 1st, 2024 with decisions expected by beginning of May.


Please be advised that we are unable to sponsor visa applications at this time.

Application packet must include:

1) a completed online application form;

2) a Research Plan (up to 1,500 words in length) addressing how a residency at Penn will advance the scholar’s current or intended project. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please explain how you will address immigration restrictions;

3) a curriculum vitae; and

4) contact information for two recommenders. Up to one published writing sample may be included with the application. Indication of preferred length and specific dates of residency are also required.

Applications are open for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

Please direct questions to: Che Gossett at

Current Visiting Scholars


GSWS/FQT 2024-2025 Visiting Scholar

BENN 345

Ricardo A. Bracho

Community & Arts Scholar-Maker
FQT/GSWS Artist in Residence

S.E. Eisterer

Visiting Scholar 2024-2025, The Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies

BENN 345

Sophie Lewis

Visiting Scholar, Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies