Visiting Scholar Application

Visiting Research Associate Application

Dissertation Scholar Application

Recommendation Form

Application Fee

Please note that all applicants are required to submit a non-refundable application fee of $50 with their materials. Application fees must be mailed to the below address, payable by check or money order to the Women's Studies Research Center. Your submission will be complete only when your application fee has been received and processed.

Mailing Address

Work samples sent by mail, and application fees, should be addressed to:

Rosa Taormina
Scholars Program Admissions
MS 079, Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

If you would like your materials returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Materials will be returned following the notification of applicants regarding admissions decisions.


Inquiries regarding the application process may be directed to Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, Scholars Program Administrator.


There are three scholar affiliations for which you can apply: Visiting Scholar, Visiting Research Associate and Dissertation Scholar.

Application materials for all application types include:

  • Application form
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted through our website). All referees must be professionals from the field in which you are applying and only one referee may be a WSRC Scholar.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Representative sample of the candidate's work
  • Statement of proposed goals for the next year, including work on a project that focuses on women's lives or gender issues.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee, payable to the Women's Studies Research Center

All applications are reviewed and evaluated by the admissions committee, which includes scholars and Brandeis faculty members, and are presented to the director for discussion and final approval.


Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars are affiliated with the program for two years. They must "renew" themselves at the end of the first year. At the end of the second year, they are eligible to apply for resident scholar status, which allows affiliation with the program for as long as they choose, so long as they are engaged in research on women and/or gender.

Application deadline: All application components, including letters of recommendation, must be received by February 1st.


Visiting Research Associates

Visiting research associates are affiliated with the program for one year or less. This is an ideal fit for scholars who are on sabbatical from another academic institution. Visiting research associates may apply for Visiting Scholar status by the annual February deadline or leave the program at the end of their appointment.

Application Deadlines

  • May 1 for Sept. 1 start
  • Oct. 1 for Jan. 1 start
  • March 1 for June 1 start


Dissertation Scholars

This affiliation is appropriate for scholars who are in the final stages of completing their dissertation. This is a one-year maximum affiliation with no opportunity to renew.

Application deadline: All application components, including letters of recommendation, must be received by June 1st.


Brandeis University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or status as a veteran in its programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Special Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity
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