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One year to pursue independent feminist work and incubate projects

The Northwestern University Women's Center Feminist-in-Residence Fellowship Program invites engaged scholars, practitioners, artists, activists, and educators to campus for one academic year to further their independent feminist work, and incubate project(s) that further the Women’s Center mission and goals. The aim of the fellowship is to engage Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and community members during the residency.  

Selection process, timeline and residency guidelines

Frequently asked questions


Since 1985, the Women’s Center has been a site for intellectual and political engagement and has fostered the work and projects of feminist arts, activists, and scholars both on and off campus through our programming. The Center strives to continue that tradition by offering direct support and space for a generation of transformative feminist work through which residents can share their praxis with the broader Northwestern community through workshops, screenings, exhibitions, lectures, readings, or performances. 

The fellowship offers the candidate: a work space at our Chicago campus Women’s Center,  access to a computer, independent work time, a $10,000 stipend, and opportunities to collaborate and network with Northwestern University staff, faculty, students, departments, research centers, cultural centers as well as with the greater Chicago area arts, cultural, feminist, and social justice communities.  

Northwestern University’s (NU) US campuses are located along the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. Northwestern campuses are multi-dimensional with new facilities, cutting-edge resources, big-city access, and stunning Lakefront views. The Chicago campus is a hub for Northwestern’s professional schools and research centers and provides quick access to vibrant intellectual, arts, and activist communities in one of the most vibrant cities in the country. 

The Women's Center at Northwestern University reports to the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Provost. The Center is committed to advancing women, gender equity, and inclusion through engaging the Northwestern University community.  As a catalyst for change, the center fosters the development of individual and collective strengths to cultivate socially responsible students, staff, and faculty.


In support of its mission, the Women’s Center invites Feminist-in-Residence applicants committed to the Center’s overarching goals: 

  • To raise awareness, increase knowledge, and build capacity to advance social justice. 
  • To build alliances, promote collaboration, and foster a shared commitment to effectively serve and support women, trans, and non-binary people at Northwestern. 
  • To engage our community through educational programming, support services, and advocacy around issues impacting women and other marginalized groups 
  • To educate the Northwestern community on contemporary and historical feminist and gender issues. 
  • To foster feminist space that cultivates and activates skills that advance gender equity and inclusion.