Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexuality Studies

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexuality Studies

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexuality Studies (Social Scientific Approaches)
Northwestern University
DEADLINE: November 29, 2021

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) invites applications for two two-year postdoctoral fellowships in Sexuality Studies, to run from September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2024. Applications are welcome from scholars who study sexuality from a social science perspective (broadly construed). Each Fellow’s appointment will be a joint one: in the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program and in another department relevant to the Fellow’s research interests. We are particularly interested in candidates who could affiliate with one of the following participating departments: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Communication Studies, History, Human Development and Social Policy, Linguistics, Performance Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, or Sociology. That is, the Fellow must have relevant expertise in both Sexuality Studies and one of these other disciplines, and must be prepared to teach courses that reflect that combined expertise.

Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor and will teach two undergraduate courses (typically one seminar and one lecture course) over the course of each year. Northwestern is on the quarter system by which the Fellows’ two courses will be distributed across three academic quarters. Fellows will also be expected to be active participants in SPAN’s community of faculty and graduate students and, as applicable, in their affiliated department by attending talks and events, and by giving a public talk once each year. Finally, they will assist in the organization of on-campus educational activities such as the annual SPAN workshop.

We currently anticipate that the Fellows will be expected to be in residence for each of the academic years of their appointment. It is also anticipated that all teaching will be conducted in person.

Applicants with a PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree) must have completed it after September 1, 2018. Applicants without a PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree) must complete all the requirements for the degree before September 1, 2022. At time of application, the applicant must be available for the full two-year term of the Fellowship. The stipend is $60,300 in the first year of the fellowship. In addition, the Fellow is eligible for $4,000 per year to fund research and conference travel, and up to $2,000 for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. Up to $1,000 is also available for allowable travel expenses for an area visit prior to the start of the postdoc term. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position.

All application materials other than letters of recommendation must be received by 11:59 p.m. on November 29, 2021. The initial letter of recommendation is due no later than December 6, 2021. Given that your references will not receive submission instructions until you submit your completed application, we urge you to submit your application well before the deadline. 

FAQs and submission instructions appears below. Administrative questions not addressed below should be directed to Cassilyn Ostrander ( Substantive questions not addressed below may be sent to the co-directors of SPAN, Héctor Carrillo ( and Gregory Ward ( For more information about departments or programs at Northwestern, see

AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

For information on our past and current postdoctoral fellows, click here.

Application date
2 years
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, History
Social sciences