The Robert Giard Fellowship

An annual award named for Robert Giard, a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer whose work often focused on LGBTQ lives and issues, this award is presented to an emerging or mid-career artist, from any country, working in photography, photo-based media, or moving image, including experimental, narrative, or documentary forms of these media. The award now alternates annually between artists working with still image (photography) and those working with moving image (video or film).

Please make sure to check which medium (still vs. moving image) is eligible for this year’s award cycle, described below.*

In either case, this award will support the development or completion of a project, one that is new or continuing, that addresses issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ identity. The Foundation is receptive to a variety of projects and approaches to these topics.

 

University affiliation is not necessary. If you are not sure whether you will be eligible for the award, we recommend that you contact us well before the deadline so we can make a determination; otherwise, you may be declared ineligible after the deadline and your application will not be submitted to the committee. This award is adjudicated by the fellowships committee of CLAGS and a jury of the Robert Giard Foundation.

*The 2018 Robert Giard Fellowship in Photography

All work ranging from experimental to documentary to traditional photo formats will be considered.

General Submission Guidelines: Click here for Detailed Giard Submission Guidelines [.pdf format]

Submission Guidelines The Guidelines for submission for the Giard Fellowship has a three-part submission process:

  1. Application, including 1 page General Questionnaire
  2. Letters of Recommendation
  3. Work Samples

All materials should be sent to clagsfellowships@gmail.com. For information about how and where to send work samples, please look at our detailed Giard Fellowship guidelines.

Please email the CLAGS office with any questions.

Please make sure to print and read our Detailed Giard Submission Guidelines in addition to these guidelines written here for the Robert Giard Award.

 

Scholar in Residence Fellowship

The CLAGS Residency Fellowship Program assists scholars and professionals whose research on the LGBTQ experience can benefit from access to CLAGS’s resources and its location in midtown Manhattan at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

The Scholars-in-Residence Program is designed to (1) encourage research and writing on the history, literature and culture of the of the LGBTQ community or other dynamic projects relating to the LGBTQ experience, broadly conceived; (2) to promote and facilitate interaction among the participants including fellows funded by other sources; (3) to facilitate the dissemination of the researcher’s findings through lectures via CLAGS’s ongoing Events Series.

The CLAGS Scholar-in-Residence will be allowed to spend up to six months in residence.  Beyond a CLAGS affiliation, fellows will receive office space, access to libraries and electronic databases, as well as opportunities to meet and work with leading LGBTQ scholars in New York City. No monetary stipend is available to fellows.

The Fellowship Program is open to all disciplines with projects that are related to LGBTQ studies. Creative writing (works of poetry and fiction) and projects that result in a performance are not eligible. Applicants finishing dissertation topics are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements:

  • Cover Letter including name, contact information (mailing address, email, phone), the title of your proposed study, the names of your recommenders, and the fellowship you are applying for.
  • A 1500 word description of the proposed study
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference

Please read the detailed submisson guidelines for the Scholar-In-Residence Program before submitting your application.

Applications should be sent as a single PDF to the CLAGS Fellowship Committee at clagsfellowships@gmail.com. Recommendation letters must be sent directly from recommendors to clagsfellowships@gmail.com

Deadline & Notification

CLAGS Scholar in Residence Fellowships are offered annually with up to two awarded each calendar year. Applications should be submitted no later than July 1st for a September start date and November 1st for a January start date.

Student Travel Award

Each year, CLAGS sponsors two student travel awards open to all graduate students enrolled in the CUNY system.

A cash prize is awarded to a student presenting subject matter that addresses gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or transgender issues in their respective field. Presentations can be for conferences held in the U.S. or abroad.

Award: $250

Requirements:

Submissions should include a one-page abstract of the paper or presentation and a cover sheet detailing the conference dates, location and complete contact information for the applicant

Please send all applications via e-mail to clagsfellowships@gmail.com

Award winners will be required to submit proof of attendance and travel.

Undergraduate Student Paper Award

Each year, CLAGS sponsors a student paper competition open to all undergraduate students enrolled in the CUNY or SUNY system. A cash prize is awarded to the best paper written in a CUNY or SUNY undergraduate class on any topic related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or transgender experiences and scholarship. Essays should be between 12 and 30 pages, well thought-out, and fully realized.

Requirements:

Submissions should include a copy of the paper with the author’s name, campus affiliation, and the name of the course/instructor for which the paper was written.

Applications may be submitted directly through email or through file-transfer sites such as WeTransfer. Please send all submissions/file transfers to clagsfellowships@gmail.com. Files saved on CD are also accepted. Print copies will not be accepted.

Graduate Student Paper Award

Each year, CLAGS sponsors a  student paper competition open to all graduate students enrolled in the CUNY system.  A cash prize is awarded to the best paper written in a CUNY graduate class on any topic related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or transgender experiences. Papers should be between 15 and 50 pages and of publishable quality.

Requirements:

  1. Submissions should include a copy of the paper  with the author’s name, contact information, campus affiliation, and the name of the course/instructor for which the paper was written.

Applications may be submitted directly through email or through file-transfer sites such as WeTransfer. Please send all submissions/file transfers to clagsfellowships@gmail.com. Files saved on CD are also accepted. Print copies will not be accepted.

Paul Monette-Roger Horwitz Dissertation Prize

This award, which honors the memories of Monette, a poet and author, and his partner, Horwitz, an attorney, will be given for the best dissertation in LGTBQ Studies, broadly defined, by a PhD candidate within the City University of New York system. The dissertation should have been defended in the previous year. Adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee.

Requirements:

  1. A cover letter stating your name, address, contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone number), school/campus affiliation, and project description.
  2. One full copy of the dissertation.
  3. One full copy of the abstract.

Applications may be submitted directly through email or through file-transfer sites such as WeTransfer. Please send all submissions/file transfers to clagsfellowships@gmail.com. Files saved on CD are also accepted. Print copies will not be accepted.

Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies

This award, which honors the memory of Rivera, a transgender activist, will be given for the best book or article to appear in transgender studies this past year (2015). Applications may be submitted by the author of the work or by nomination (the application requirements are the same for each; see below). Adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee.

Requirements:

  1. A cover sheet detailing the article’s publication venue or book’s publisher, date of publication, and complete contact information for the applicant.
  2. Please send the entire article or, for books, the first chapter or first 20 pages in .pdf format.

Applications may be submitted directly through email or through file-transfer sites such as WeTransfer. Please send all submissions/file transfers to clagsfellowships@gmail.com. Files saved on CD are also accepted. Print copies will not be accepted.

The Passing the Torch Award

This award recognizes the achievements and promise of an emerging scholar in LGTBQ Studies. The awardee is chosen annually by the CLAGS fellowships committee from a list of nominations made by our national advisory board of distinguished scholars in the field.

The Kessler Award

The Kessler award is given to a scholar who has, over a number of years, produced a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies. The awardee, who is chosen by the CLAGS Board of Directors, receives a monetary award and gives CLAGS’ annual Kessler Lecture.

No applications or nominations are accepted for the Kessler award.

To view a transcript of Cathy Cohen’s 2014 Kessler Lecture, please click here.

Transcript written by Jessie Daniels.

The Duberman-Zal Fellowship

An endowed fellowship named for CLAGS founder and first executive director, Martin Duberman, and partner, Eli Zal, this fellowship is awarded to a graduate student, an independent scholar, or an adjunct from any country doing scholarly research on the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) experience.

University affiliation is not necessary. The award is adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee.

The winner of the fellowship may be asked to participate in CLAGS’s programming the following academic year to present their research project.

Submissions Guidelines:

Applications must include the following:

  1. A cover letter with your contact information (address, phone number, and e-mail), the title of your project, the names of your recommenders, and the fellowship you are applying for.
  2. A research proposal of 7-10 pages, double-spaced, including references.
  3. A brief statement of how the funds will be used.
  4. A curriculum vita.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.

Please send all submissions electronically via e-mail to clagsfellowships@gmail.com.

Letters of recommendation should be sent by email directly from recommenders to clagsfellowships@gmail.com.

Notification:

CLAGS will confirm the receipt of email submissions within a few days of receiving them.

Final decisions for the awards are made in the Spring.

CLAGS Fellowship Award

An award to be given annually for a graduate student, an academic, or an independent scholar for work on a dissertation, a first book manuscript, or a second book manuscript. The CLAGS Fellowship is open to intellectuals contributing to the field of LGBTQ studies. Intended to give the scholar the most help possible in furthering their work, the fellowship will be able to be used for research, travel, or writing support. Adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee.

Submissions Guidelines:

Requirements:

  1. A cover letter stating your name, address, contact information, school/campus affiliation and project description.
  2. If submitting a dissertation, please submit the most complete version of your dissertation; if submitting a first or second book manuscript, please submit at least three chapters from your proposed project.
  3. If submitting a dissertation, one copy of the abstract; if submitting a book manuscript, one copy of your prospectus.

Applications may be submitted directly through email or through file-transfer sites such as WeTransfer. Please send all submissions/file transfers to clagsfellowships@gmail.com. Files saved on CD are also accepted. Print copies will not be accepted.

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