Visiting Scholars

The Alice Paul Center’s Scholars Programs provide opportunities for scholars from all disciplines to conduct independent research related to gender and sexuality while in residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

Scholars will be provided with shared office space at the Center, a Penn email account, and library privileges. The Center will help to identify opportunities to connect with GSWS scholars across Penn’s campus, and to present work-in-progress to the GSWS community. Scholars are encouraged to participate in Center programming. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the Visiting Scholar. This is an unpaid residence.

Candidates must have Ph.D. or its equivalent in hand at the start of affiliation. Preference will be given to candidates with a distinguished research profile. Residency may range from 3 months to one academic year. Scholars must be in residence throughout the requested timeframe of the appointment.

Please be advised that we are unable to sponsor visa applications at this time.

 Application packet must include: 1) a completed online application form; 2) a Research Plan (up to 1,500 words in length) addressing how a residency at Penn will advance the scholar’s current or intended project. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please explain how you will address immigration restrictions; 3) a curriculum vitae; and 4) contact information for two recommenders. Up to one published writing sample may be included with the application. Indication of preferred length and specific dates of residency are also required.

Applications will be accepted between January 1 and February 28 each year for the following academic year. Decisions are made by the end of April.

Please direct questions to: Anne Esacove at

Current Visiting Scholars

Shenila Khoja-Moolji

Visiting Scholar, Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women

3810 Walnut Street
Suite 206

Visiting Scholar Application

Ranging from 3 months to one year.

(i.e., tenured or untenured faculty; visiting scholar, postdoctoral scholar, independent scholar, etc.)

Professional degrees

(including dates obtained, institutions and disciplines, beginning with most recent)

Contact Information for Two Recommenders

Recommender 1

Recommender 2

Please attach the following documents:


Please include the following:
  • how the residency at Penn will advance your project
  • expected contribution of research to the study of gender, sexuality and/or women
  • expected contribution to the Alice Paul Center and the University of Penn