About the fellowship

The Scholars of Sexology Fellowship supports graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at the Kinsey Institute. Fellows are also expected to contribute to the organization, preservation, and/or accessibility of Kinsey Institute collections. Examples include, but are not limited to the creation of:

  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Collection guides
  • Finding aids
  • Digital presentations
  • Media productions

Award amount
Each recipient of the Scholars of Sexology Fellowship will receive $5,000 in two payments ($2,500 at the start and end of the fellowship). The fellowship must be used to cover travel, lodging, and research expenses associated with the stated purpose. We may select two to three Fellows each year if there is a strong pool of candidates.

Research at the Kinsey Institute
The graduate fellow may stay between four to eight weeks at the Kinsey Institute during the calendar year of the award.  Research for a thesis or dissertation will be acceptable.


  • The fellow is expected to submit a 400–500 word written report about the research undertaken at the Kinsey Institute Library and collections.
  • Deposit of any digital product of this research at the Kinsey Institute Library.
  • Acknowledgement of the Scholars of Sexology Fellowship Award and the Kinsey Institute Library in any form of publication or product.
  • The fellow is also expected to make a contribution to the organization, preservation, and/or accessibility of Kinsey Institute collections. Examples include, but are not limited to, the creation of annotated bibliographies, collection guides, finding aids, and digital presentations or media productions which highlight or showcase Kinsey Institute collections.

Important Dates

Applications are closed.

Fellowship winners will be contacted in late March and announced in April 2023.
Project due: December 15th, 2023.

Application process

Applications are encouraged from students from any academic discipline who are enrolled in a graduate program in the United States and whose research interests concern the history, politics, and methodology of sexology and sexuality studies.

  • No U.S. citizenship is required
  • Non-U.S. citizens must be enrolled in a college or university in the United States and have a valid visa for the duration of their research at the Kinsey Institute

Application requirements 

Applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Reference letter documenting enrollment status
  • Supporting letter from academic advisor or faculty
  • Summary of research interests and objectives (no more than 1,000 words)
  • Proposal for the creation of bibliographical or media products (400-800 words) highlighting and showcasing Kinsey Institute collections

Please submit application materials by email to Liana Zhou at zhoul@indiana.edu

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Scholars of Sexology Fellows

Current recipients:

Alex Bateman (Columbia University)
Muza de la Luz (Norwegian Theatre Academy)
Yael Rosenstock Gonzalez (Indiana University)

Honorable Mention: Sam Kizer (Indiana University)

Past recipients

Please note: there were no Fellows for 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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