Applications open for the QTRL Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant, Graduate Research Assistantships, Artist-in-Residence, and Community Leadership Residency

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the following QTRL grants and residencies:

Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant (Deadline: March 1, 2024)
Two-three dissertation completion grants for $5,000 each will be awarded annually to advanced graduate students whose work makes significant and original contributions to queer and trans studies in any discipline, and who are in the final year of their program. The awards are designed to assist full-time doctoral students to complete their thesis writing and defence. Successful applicants must be full-time doctoral students at the time of the award and will be asked to present their work to the QTRL.

Graduate Research Assistantships (Deadline: March 1, 2024)
The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies is calling for applications for the Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) program as part of Queer and Trans Research Lab (QTRL) in 2023-24. The program will provide two-three research assistantships to graduate students working in queer and trans studies in any discipline. The RAships are designed to provide training to our students in research methods and practices, social justice collaborations, and community outreach initiatives. Applicants are also asked to participate in a variety of events, such as presentations, workshops, panels, and QTRL meetings. GRAs will be assigned to faculty and community members of the QTRL cohort and are expected to be living in the GTA during the time of the assistantship. The successful candidates will receive a stipend of $10,000. The assistantships will take place from September 2023 – June 2024. All GRAs are expected to be active members of the lab.

Artist-In-Residence (Deadline: April 12, 2024)
The Centre residency provides financial and other material support for artists working in any medium (photography, sculpture, media arts, theatre, writing, etc.), whose work centres on LGBTQ2S+ lives, communities, histories, and cultures and expressly concentrates on 1) the role art plays in expanding how we think about sexual diversity 2) relations between art, activism, and social justice. The residency culminates in a fully funded exhibition, reading, or performance of the resident’s work-in-progress. The artist-in-residence is expected to be in residence in the Greater Toronto Area during the period of their award and will join the faculty and students who make up our intellectual community and participate in the Centre’s day-to-day activities. They are given office space and access to the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at the University of Toronto and the Bonham Centre.

Community Leadership Residency (Deadline: April 5, 2024)
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. The program will provide 1-2 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. 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.

Please send all completed applications to Christopher Smith at See PDFs below for full information about these opportunities.