Ends on June 1, 2017

This application form is for NEW APPLICANTS to the CSW Research Affiliate Program. If you are a current Research Affiliate, or have been a member of the program within the last 2 years, please complete the Research Affiliate Renewal Application.

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. In 2017, we are particularly interested in applications from scholars whose projects are related to our current research initiatives, Chemical Entanglements and Food | Water | Shelter. Research Affiliates appointed in 2017 will be expected to participate in working groups or events related to those initiatives.

Research Affiliate 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, and a pilot program of organized faculty-research affiliated exchanges.
  • With advance notice, Research Affiliates may use computer resources in the CSW office.
  • 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.
  • Research Affiliates are eligible to apply for a Tillie Olsen Grant, 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 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.

Research Affiliate Expectations

Research Affiliates will be expected to participate in CSW’s activities by attending events, participating or leading working groups, contributing to the CSW newsletter/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 we ask that they acknowledge CSW in 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.

Application Materials

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Sample Publication (not more than 20 pages -- either a file upload or a link to an article are acceptable)

3. Prospectus: a description of your current research project pertaining to women, sexuality, or gender, including an abstract, methodology, work plan, summary of required library collections or other resources, and research/project goals for the year of application. The Prospectus should be two to three pages in length and include all elements listed below in order

a. Abstract: a succinct summary of your current research project

b. Methodology: a brief description of how you will pursue your research and determine your findings

c. Work plan: the overall plan for completion of your research project and the long-range goals for academic presentation and publication of the research findings

d. Research project goals for the year of application: a realistic summary of what you will achieve during the academic year in terms of your research project. A well-researched and written article can take a year or more to complete. Keep this in mind, as your summary will be an important part of the committee review if/when you seek to renew.

e. Summary of how you envision your involvement with CSW. Please describe how you might contribute to CSW’s current projects and/or programs.

f. Names of three UCLA faculty with whom you plan to dialogue during the current academic year

4. Projects Status Report: a one-page narrative of progress on the project during the prior academic year. As appropriate, the Progress Report should include descriptions of the elements listed below in order:

a. Completed drafts of articles or books

b. Recent and upcoming presentations at an academic or other professional conference or event

c. Recent and upcoming publications in an academic or other professional publication

d. Research-related service activities

e. Other research-related achievements

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Questions? Contact the Center for the Study of Women at csw@csw.ucla.edu
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