Community Leadership Residencies for The Queer and Trans Research Lab (QTRL)


The Queer and Trans Research Lab (QTRL) is pleased to invite applications for its Community Leadership Residency Program. The program will provide two year-long residencies to community leaders and activists working on social and political problems affecting LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC lives and communities. The residents will work on a project of their choice that addresses social inequality in LGBTQ2S+ QTBIPOC communities. Successful applicants will also actively participate in a variety of events, such as presentations, class visits, workshops, panels, and meetings at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Community Leaders in Residence will receive a stipend of $15,000. In addition, the Bonham Centre will provide up to $5,000 in support for project resources, subject to university policies and guidelines. The residency will take place from September 2022 – June 2023. This residency does not include benefits and cannot provide donations to any charitable organization. Successful applicants are expected to be residents of the Greater Toronto Area or interested in relocating here during the time of their residency. During the period of their award, they will join the faculty and students who make up the QTRL and participate in the Bonham Centre’s activities. They will be given office space and access to the faculty resources, archives, and library collections available at the University of Toronto and the Bonham Centre. To get a sense of the wide range of the Bonham Centre’s community and academic offerings, please consult our website.

Goals of the Community Leadership Residency:

  • Provide activists and community leaders the opportunity to sustain their work and help strengthen the infrastructure of social transformation by providing leaders/activists with the time and space to improve the lives of people in their/our communities.
  • Support the development of grassroots organizing
  • Encourage mutual learning between activists, students, and scholars to create new models of public scholarship and engagement.

The Bonham Centre Community Residence Leadership Program is designed for individuals who have demonstrated leadership in community-serving and non-profit organizations and have experience with grassroots organizing and practice. While we understand that many who participate in community building projects are also employed by academic institutions, priority will be given to applicants who do not have full-time academic positions in the global north.

Interested Applicants Should:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • In residence in the GTA during the period of the award
  • Be available during the residency period for activities such as QTRL meetings, classroom visits, and other scheduled events (approx. 4 hrs/week)
  • Demonstrate a record of working for social justice
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building a cross-disciplinary network of community leaders, activists, students, artists, and researchers
  • Indicate what they hope to gain from a fellowship at the Bonham Centre, including the issues they plan to explore and how Bonham Centre students, staff, and faculty can contribute to these aims.

To apply, submit all materials as one PDF file to Please provide us with the

1. A Personal statement (750 words) – Why are you applying for this residency? Specify the work you plan to do while in residence. What do you hope to gain from the experience, or what questions do you hope to explore? How is your background relevant to your goals? We are also interested in learning your plans on sharing any work produced during the residency that fulfills a community outreach and/or public scholarship/education agenda.
2. Resume/CV
3. Short biography (250 words)
4. Contact details of 2 references (name/title/email/relationship to applicant)

Applications due: April 11, 2022

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact