CSW RESEARCH AFFILIATE PROGRAM


As CSW will undergo a transition in directorship in July 2020, we are not accepting new applications for the Research Affiliates program for the 2020-21 academic year. Please check back in Spring 2021 or join our mailing list to be notified when applications are re-opened.


The Research Affiliate program replaced the CSW Research Scholar Program in 2015. The Research Affiliate category provides a CSW affiliation and title for established scholars working in CSW’s mission areas. The program supports selected independent scholars, local to the Los Angeles area, who are conducting research on women, sexuality, or gender and have limited institutional access to a research community. Research Affiliates must have an active research project in progress. CSW encourages affiliation from a diverse group of scholars from across the academic disciplines.

Research Affiliate Program Goals and Benefits*

The goal of this program is to build an intimate community of independent researchers whose work may enrich and be enriched by congress with UCLA campus faculty working on gender, sexuality, and women. Support includes the following opportunities:

  • Participation in CSW programs, including working groups, publications, conferences, colloquia and research brown bags
  • Use of computer resources in the CSW office (with advance notice)
  • Special UCLA Library Book Borrowing Privileges, which allows CSW Research Affiliates to borrow up to 50 books at a time, renewable remotely with no limit on renewals
  • Up to 4 parking passes per year provided by CSW when visiting UCLA for CSW business
  • Eligibility to apply for a Tillie Olsen Grant for Research Affiliates, which may be used to fund participation in scholarly conferences, travel to research sites, the purchase of specialized research materials, and/or technical services.

*Due to campus policy, the Research Affiliate title does not provide additional UCLA Library privileges, VPN access, or a UCLA email address. In lieu of these benefits and as stated above, Research Affiliates may use computer resources in the CSW office. No office space or stipends are available. In addition, please be advised that some of the privileges and expectations of this program may not be available or possible in the event of external circumstances out of CSW’s or UCLA’s control.

Research Affiliate Expectations

Research Affiliates will be expected to participate in CSW’s activities by actively attending and presenting at Research Affiliate Brown Bags, attending CSW events, participating in or leading working groups, contributing to the CSW blog, moderating panels at the annual Thinking Gender graduate student research conference, etc. Research Affiliates are expected to make timely progress on their research projects and keep CSW updated on any finished work (publications, films, installations, and so forth) which results from their affiliation with CSW.

One goal of the Research Affiliate program is the publication of research; of course, this kind of work takes time. As such, progress on a research project includes publication of an article or book, presentations at scholarly or professional conferences, advanced drafts, manuscripts or other research products under consideration by reputable entities, a substantive contribution to a university or a field of research, or similar criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

Acceptance to this competitive program is based on the quality of the proposed research, the potential for the proposed project to interface with CSW’s current research initiatives, the capacity to garner faculty sponsorship of the proposed research project, and/or the active mentoring of others in the program. In order to meet the needs of the Research Affiliates and to comply with University directives, the Research Affiliates program is capped at five admitted participants per academic year. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree is required for new applicants. Affiliation begins July 1. Affiliates are appointed for one to three years at the discretion of the selection committee with a possibility for renewal.

Renewal of Research Affiliate status is contingent upon evidence of progress on the research project. Lack of progress in a particular year will result in provisional status. After two years with no demonstrable progress on the research project, the renewal application will be declined automatically. Over a two-year period, evidence of progress includes publication of an article or book, presentations at scholarly or professional conferences, advanced drafts, manuscripts or other research products under consideration by reputable entities, a substantive contribution to a university or a field of research, or similar criteria.