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


The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies is pleased to announce the establishment of the Community Leadership Residency Program as part of the inauguration of the Queer and Trans Research Lab (QTRL) in the fall of 2021. In its inaugural year, 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. Applicants are also asked to participate in a variety of events, such as presentations, class visits, workshops, panels, and Centre meetings and are expected to be active members of the lab.

The successful candidate 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 2021 – May 2022. This residency does not include benefits. This residency cannot provide donations to charitable organizations.

For the pilot year, the successful applicants are expected to be residents of the Greater Toronto Area. 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 (


  • 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
  • Live in the GTA (pilot year only)
  • Be available during the residency period for activities such as QTRL meetings, classroom visits, and other scheduled events (approx. 6 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 director.sds@utoronto.caPlease provide us with the following:

1) 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: July 1, 2021

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