Funding Opportunities

GSWS Faculty Fellowships

With funding from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, each year the Program will award a fellowship for a tenure-stream faculty member from the Dietrich School. The fellowship provides for a faculty member to conduct research on a topic related to gender/sexuality studies (supported by a course release), to teach one course in the Program (with compensation to the home department), and to participate actively in the Program.

The fellowship supports the research mission of GSWS and also brings faculty members from other departments, especially early- and mid-career faculty members, into the core undergraduate or graduate curriculum of the Program. Applicants will teach an advanced undergraduate or a graduate course in the program, depending on the needs of the Program, and will also receive a course release intended to support research. A faculty member can teach a GSWS course in one semester, and take the course release in the other semester, or she/he/they could do both in the same semester. Faculty Fellows are also expected to participate in the Program and may collaborate with the Program in organizing an event.

Applications for 2023-24 are due by Mon., January 16, 2023 at noon to


  • A brief description of a research project related to GSWS that the Fellowship would support. This does not have to be a formal research proposal.
  • Titles and brief descriptions of an advanced undergraduate and a graduate course that the applicant would like to teach for GSWS. 
    • Applicants are welcome to consult with the Program Director about course ideas. Indicate if there are constraints on the semester when a course could be taught. Please note that courses should be firmly in the area of gender/sexuality/women’s studies and should not be discipline-based courses that would routinely be taught in one’s home department. The course must focus on interdisciplinary approaches to gender and/or sexuality and be of interest to students from a variety of backgrounds and interests. Program needs will affect whether the undergraduate or graduate course will be offered.
  • At least one set of OMETS with student comments, preferably from an advanced undergraduate course
  • An up-to-date CV

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

GSWS offers one-semester TF positions to graduate students in the certificate program who are eligible for Dietrich School support.   These positions are currently available only to graduate students enrolled in DSAS, but the program will explore possibilities for making this or comparable opportunities available to graduate students in other schools at Pitt. 

GSWS invites applications for a one-semester Teaching Fellow position teaching an introductory course in the program, probably GSWS 0100, “Intro to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies,” in either fall or spring of 2023-2024.  This opportunity is open to graduate students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences who are approved for funding in 2023-24 and whose coursework and/or research in gender and sexuality studies prepares them to teach introductory courses in GSWS.  In selecting TFs, the committee will take into account the strength of applicants’ backgrounds in the field, records of previous teaching (at any level), and other relevant work or leadership experience that might contribute to the applicants’ preparation.  The committee will give priority to applicants who have not had opportunities to teach stand-alone courses at Pitt. 

Applications for 2023-24 are due by Mon., February 1, 2023 at noon to


  • Cover letter detailing the applicant’s interest in the opportunity and preparation for it  
  • A CV including people who may be contacted as references about your teaching  
  • OMETS for two courses or recitation sections taught at Pitt and any evaluations from other teaching experiences that the applicant would like to include  
  • One teaching observation letter/report  

Undergraduate Internships, Research, and Travel

Some of the undergraduate funding opportunities include the Lynne Layton Fellowships, Thomas J. Peterson LGBTQ Studies Scholarships, and GSWS Student Research Funds. Read more about undergraduate internships and other funding opportunities here...