A Quick Report on Fellowships and Fundraising

Last year the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
launched an important new fellowships program. More
than 200 hundred people contributed to a very
successful benefit party in March, which raised enough
money for three new fellowships and awards this year.
We proudly advertised our new opportunities on the
web and in many publications. (If you are interested in
applying for fellowships, please see the summary on the
previous page, or check our website for complete
guidelines www.clags.org.) We have been overwhelmed
with requests for applications and information.

We are corresponding with graduate and undergraduate
students, independent scholars, and professors known
and new. We have been in touch with social workers
interested in studying lesbian parenting in the US,
novelists researching stories of same-sex relationships in
19th century East Africa, editors working on anthologies
of Native American LGBTQ writing, journalists
exploring the roots of queerness in Islam, Indian
archeologists studying lesbian temple imagery, and
public health students working on HIV in rural American
communities. People are writing to us from Arizona,
Oregon, Ohio, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, California,
Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, and Florida, and from
New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, India,
Pakistan, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, England, The
Netherlands, Poland, and Croatia. We got so excited
about this that we made a map!

But the serious side is that in many of these communities,
towns, states, and countries there is nobody to whom people
interested in LGBTQ studies can apply for support. CLAGS
is struggling to fill this tremendous need with our few
fellowships. If you gave for fellowships last year and can
renew your contribution, or if you are able to give this year,
please consider making a fellowships contribution. You can
use the membership form at the back of the newsletter. Two
additional incentives: if you can make a new or increased
contribution by the end of February, your contribution will
be matched by a generous grant from the Paul Rapoport
Foundation. And if you can contribute $250 or more, you
will receive a wonderful new book from the CLAGS/NYU
Press book series, Samuel Delaney’s 3-2-1 Contact, which
was recently published to rave reviews and is already in its
second printing.

CLAGS fellowships have grown over the years because the
LGBTQ scholarly community recognizes that if we do not
support important work ourselves, no one else will. We
have new opportunities to give this support to a much
broader community—please help us make this possible.
Thank you.

Rachel Cohen
Development Director