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Call for 2021-2022 ARC-GS Visiting Scholars

 ARC-GS offers non-stipendiary visiting scholarships to excellent scholars who are conducting research related to gender and/or sexuality in the social sciences, specifically anthropology, sociology, political science or geography and developments studies. 

Visiting scholar appointments are for 3-10 months during which time scholars will pursue independent research and interact with ARC-GS faculty, students, and researchers affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) more broadly. The aim of the visiting scholarships is to contribute to the development of ground-breaking gender and/or sexuality research in the social sciences. 


Visiting scholars are expected to actively participate in the monthly ARC-GS lectures, give a lunch seminar in which they present their ongoing work, write a blog about their research, and complete an article or monograph during their stay. Visiting scholars are required to acknowledge ARC-GS in the publications that evolves out of their time at the centre. ARC-GS also requires that visiting scholars pay a bench fee of €722 to cover administrative costs (plus an additional €321 if a visa is required). 


ARC-GS does not provide a stipend, and visiting scholars are expected to be self-funded. While you are a guest at the centre, we will not be able to provide you with housing, secretarial services, office supplies and equipment, computers, printers, mail services, or telephones. It may be possible to provide you with shared desk space, but that varies in the course of the academic year and will be discussed beforehand. If you are not given a desk, you will be able to use the libraries which all have wireless Internet connections for a laptop. Visiting Scholars enjoy full access to the UvA’s libraries and electronic resources and receive an e-mail account for use during the duration of their stay at ARC-GS. 


Applicants should email the following documents by 31 March 2021 to arcgs@uva.nl: 

  • • A one-page cover letter containing your motivation, the desired period and names and affiliations of any ARC-GS faculty with whom you have had contact about your proposed stay; 
  • • A one-page curriculum vitae; 
  • • A two-page list with key publications; 
  • • A five-page project proposal including the central question, scholarly and societal relevance and objectives, methodology, work plan and prospected output; 
  • • Two letters of recommendation that should be emailed directly to arcgs@uva.nl. 

Selection criteria 

ARC-GS welcomes applications from active academic researchers and university faculty members in the social sciences whose proposed research meets the following criteria: 

  • • The applicant must have a doctoral degree; 
  • • The proposed research is relevant to the study of gender and/or sexuality; 
  • • Research is in one of the following fields: anthropology, political science, sociology, or social geography/development studies 

Selection process and notification 

Complete applications are reviewed by the ARC-GS director, associate director and programme manager. Once accepted the applications will be endorsed by the HR team of the AISSR. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision in writing by 23 April 2021.