Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship Workshop for LGBT Studies

Deadline: 15 February 2016
Open to: international enrolled doctoral candidates
Venue: May 16-20th, 2016 in New Haven


Yale LGBT Studies is currently inviting applications for its Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship 2016 in Lesbian Studies at Yale University. The Fellowship welcome applicants from the humanities, social sciences, performing and fine arts, and beyond, within the field of lesbian studies (read broadly), to engage with the concept of freaks, conceived expansively as problem, provocation, subjectivity, ethic, and/or aesthetic. The 2016 Yale Pettit Doctoral Fellowship Workshop will take place May 16-20th, 2016 in New Haven, CT and will be organized around the theme “Freaks.”

Research Topics:

  • Female masculinities, trans-femininities, and other queer subjects in freak shows, carnivals, and international exhibits;
  • Lesbianized subjectivities and histories;
  • “Savages” and “Freaks of Nature”;
  • Disability and the cripped female body;
  • Policed bodies and sexualities;
  • Freaks in pop culture and media;
  • Performances of the freaky and/or freak lifestyles;
  • Transgender and transfeminist lesbian culture, politics and desire;
  • Spectacles and the spectacular.


  • Students studying or located in all geographical regions are welcome;
  • Applicants must be enrolled doctoral candidates who have completed coursework, qualifying exams, and submitted their dissertation prospectus;
  • Students who are working on projects within the thematic and within the scope of lesbian studies are encouraged apply;
  • The committee interprets “Lesbian Studies” in this context as being able to encompass the study of a broad range of genders, gender identities, and sexualities within multiple disciplines.


Following the workshop, fellows will stay in New Haven for an additional three days to take advantage of Yale University libraries and resources.  Selected fellows will receive small stipends and travel funding in addition to room and board for the week of the workshop.  It is also envisioned a follow-up meeting in 2017 of the fellows and mentors as part of a longer-term mentoring relationship.

How to apply?

Applicants must fill the online application form which should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Dissertation abstract
  • One-page chapter or topic proposal for presentation and discussion at the workshop
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of support from the dissertation advisor and the name of two additional references

For more information, please visit official website.

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