Positions available

The FASS Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster (GSRC) is looking for three graduate students at the National University of Singapore to volunteer for activities that we will be starting for the new academic year. The term of duty will be 1 year.

The application deadline is 31 August 2021. 

As a Graduate Volunteer Member of the GSRC, you will be included in helping to organise and administer our events – some of which will be locally oriented, others will involve overseas speaker events, etc. You will assist the Steering Committee in our range of activities and have the chance to participate in the workings of the GSRC. As a graduate volunteer, you will help to promote FASS-sponsored GSRC workshops, manage research and social events, and organize student events at workshops. You will also be expected to take on roles such as a moderator for our GSRC events, a blog-writer, and research day organizer, etc. Graduate students working with us for some of these activities can be employed for specific events under the NUS Student Work Scheme (NSWS). 

The selected Volunteers will act as Graduate Advocates on behalf of the graduate student members of the cluster (including undergraduate GSRC members). This can involve setting up activities that you wish to develop (for example, a reading group, thesis writing groups), activities that are graduate-centred (a faculty member steering committee or two will have to be included in these – it is part of the regulations for the Research Clusters). We are also open to new roles or ideas you think the GSRC could do to encourage student involvement and interaction among researchers; for instance, cultivating a stronger community amongst undergraduates who may be interested in gender and sexuality research.

As a Volunteer Member, you will have the chance to interact with leading researchers who are affiliated/associated with the group. You will also be given the opportunities to take on leadership positions and shape/manage events at the GSRC. Some of the merits for volunteering include possible opportunities for publications (blog posts, papers, etc.), learning more about the research ethics regarding the topic, and the chance to interact with international scholars from the field.

Graduate Volunteer Members with the GSRC can expect to benefit richly from the experience of working closely with the steering committee, and adding it to their CVs as a professional academic service. The steering committee will also be interested in looking out for their future publications and other gender and sexuality-related academic work.

For Semester One of AY2021/2022 we expect everything to take place online, but this will be reviewed in line with NUS decisions. 

If you are interested in joining, please email gsrc@nus.edu.sg with the subject line “FASS GSRC application” and attach a single pdf document containing your CV and a short paragraph (less than 1 page) about why you want to become a Graduate Volunteer Member and what you hope to contribute. Please include any prior research and education experience related to gender and sexuality. 

About the GSRC

The Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster, housed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore, aims to develop a dynamic, vibrant and timely space for intellectual conversations and engagements focused primarily on genders and sexualities, especially in the context of and from within Asia. 

Steering Committee: Tracey Skelton (Geography), Rebecca Lurie Starr (English Language and Literature), Mie Hiramoto (English Language and Literature), Michelle Ho (Communications and New Media).