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Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) -- Fellowships and Awards

CLAGS offers three significant fellowship and award opportunities for exceptional student advocates and researchers in the area of LGBTQ studies:

  • 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 José Esteban Muñoz Award was created to honor an LGBTQ community leader or activist for their advocacy and promotion of LGBTQ Studies.
  • The Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship assists scholars and professionals whose research on the LGBTQ experience can benefit from access to CLAGS’s resources and its location in midtown Manhattan. CLAGS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowships are offered annually, with up to two awarded each calendar year. Applications should be submitted no later than June 1st for a September start date and October 1st for a January start date.

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. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2023.

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.  Deadline: Dec. 1, 2023.

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 (12/2022-12/2023). 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.  Deadline: Dec. 1, 2023.