Residencies and Fellowships

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies has several fellowship and residency positions. Information about each can be found below, including openings and application requirements.

Martha LA McCain Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship during the 2020-21 academic year to support junior scholars pursuing research in LGBTQ2+ and sexual diversity studies. Our search committee welcomes proposals that span disciplinary boundaries. Applicants from all fields of the humanities and the social sciences are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant 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. The Postdoctoral Fellow will offer one undergraduate class for the Sexual Diversity Studies program and, at some point during the period of their award, deliver at least one public lecture that highlights their work. They will be able to utilize the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at the University of Toronto, the Bonham Centre, and in the city. The successful candidate will receive a combined research and teaching stipend of $58,000, plus benefits, to support themselves for the duration of their fellowship. To get a sense of the wide disciplinary range and diversity of the Bonham Centre’s community and academic offerings consult our website.

Our current Postdoctoral Fellow is Sara Shroff.

Our Postdoctoral Fellow for 2021-22 will be Elif Sari.

Applications are currently closed.

The Artist-in-Residence

Our current Artist-in-Residence is Michèle Pearson Clarke.

Applications are open!

The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto invites all qualified applicants to apply be our artist-in-residence for the 2021-22 school year. The Bonham Centre residency will provide financial and other material support for artists working in any medium (photography, sculpture, visual art, media arts, theatre, poetry, playwriting, fiction, 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 will culminate in a funded exhibition, reading, or performance of the resident’s work-in-progress.

The successful applicant is expected to be in residence in the Greater Toronto Area during the period of their award (September 2021 – June 2022) and will join the faculty and students who make up our intellectual community and participate in the Centre’s activities. Activities may include guest lectures, a public artist talk, office hours with our students, and a general presence at the Centre. They will be 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. The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $20,000. To get a sense of the wide disciplinary range and diversity of the Bonham Centre’s community and academic offerings consult our website.

To apply submit a short 1-page cover letter and curriculum vitae to sexual.diversity@utoronto.ca.  The letter should discuss your work in general and the project you plan to undertake while in residence in particular.  Please also include an example of your work (in the form of an on-line link, PDF, jpeg etc.). Applications due: April 15, 2021.

Queer and Trans Research Lab Faculty Fellowships

The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies is pleased to announce the establishment of the Martha McCain Research Fellowship Program as part of the inauguration of the Queer and Trans Research Lab (QTRL). The fellowship program provides two Twelve-Month Faculty Research Fellowships, with replacement funds to each fellow’s home unit, allowing for a full year of course release for the successful candidates. In addition, every fellow is provided with a $5K research budget.

The QTRL will launch in fall 2021, establishing a cross-campus, multi-faculty, and interdisciplinary humanities-, arts-, and social science-based research lab housed at The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science. This exciting initiative will work to bridge methodological practices in LGBTQ2S+ and sexuality studies across the disciplines as well as across creative and scholarly research practices, gathering together researchers, students, artists, community leaders, and activists whose work attends to entrenched and emerging social and political problems affecting LQBTQ2S+ and BIPOC lives and communities.

Central to the mission of the QTRL, faculty Research Fellows will be chosen for their distinction in achievements relative to their career stage as well as the excellence of their proposed project and its relation to LGBTQ2S+ and QTBIPOC research initiatives across the disciplines. Research Fellows will participate in QTRL activities, carry out their own research and creative agendas, and work with others in the QTRL cohort on the development of collaborative research and community engagement projects.

The deadline for applications is May 31. Each applicant should provide: 1) a current CV; 2) a 1-page description of their research project; 3) a letter from their unit Chair or Director supporting the fellowship application; and 4) the names of three references and their contact information. Complete applications should be emailed to director.sds@utoronto.ca.