Faculty Led Programs

young woman wearing interactive dress at FemTechNet conferenceIRWG seeks original, faculty-led programs that invigorate and extend interdisciplinary connections and research agendas around women, gender, or sexuality.


Faculty Led Programs provide structure for a focused, collective examination of a particular area or topic related to women and gender. Past programs have taken different forms, typically a series of public events for a well-established core audience of researchers and/or a single symposium built around a research agenda.

Priority will be given to proposals that gather together faculty around a previously underfunded or emerging research area (for IRWG as well as more generally) and that promise to energize scholarly community in diverse and inclusive ways.


Proposals for the 2018-19 academic year should be submitted by April 1, 2018.


Faculty Programs are usually funded with $10,000 for a two-year period. Funding can be used for public events, reading groups, or meetings.

Public events are supported by IRWG event planning staff. Organizers are responsible for their budget and expenditures with IRWG administrative support.


Tenured and tenure-track faculty at the University of Michigan 

Proposal Content:

Submit proposals with a narrative of no more than two pages and a budget with rationale to irwg.faculty.programs@umich.edu.

The narrative should describe the research agenda and the faculty constituency who will form the core group attending and hosting events. One faculty member may submit for the group, but the proposal should include a list of faculty who have agreed to serve on a steering committee.

Proposals should also describe how the program area contributes to diversity, equity, and inclusion in feminist research.

Organizers should demonstrate potential for sufficient attendance at proposed public events.


Call the IRWG main office at 734.764.9537 or email irwg@umich.edu.

Currently Funded IRWG Programs:

  • Feminist Science Studies -This program addresses the intersection between feminism and science by bringing 2-4 scholars to campus each year to give public lectures and meet with students and faculty.
  • Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI)An ongoing speaker series addressing interdisciplinary research and scholarship on sexuality. LGQRI presents public events throughout each academic year.
  • Lesbian Studies in Queer TimesAn international working group of humanist scholars who are exploring the theoretical concept of "lesbian studies." 
  • Race, Colonialism & Sexualities InitiativeThis program seeks to develop forums and dialogue produced at the junction of postcolonial, empire, comparative ethnic, critical race, gender, and sexuality studies. 
  • Reproductive JusticeA working group of U-M faculty members who share a commitment to reproductive justice as a framework for feminist research and community engagement.