Center for Feminist Research

For 20 years, CFR has worked together with the Gender Studies Program to create research opportunities for the study of women, gender, and feminism. Our seminars, workshops, conferences, and informal gatherings have brought together scholars, students, and members of the greater Los Angeles community who share interests and concerns about the operations of gender in our neighborhoods, our society, and our world.
CFR offers New Directions fellowships for USC faculty and graduate students as well as fellowships for students in Communications and Cinema. The Affiliated Scholars program offers access to USC facilities to feminist scholars from other academic institutions.
A Steering Committee composed of faculty members from across the University governs CFR. The support of alumni and friends allows the Center to continue its mission as one of the nation's oldest university research centers dedicated to feminism.


3501 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4352
Ph. 213-740-1739
Fx. 213-740-6168


Principal Staff

Alice Echols, Director, Professor of English & Gender Studies
Ph. 213-821-1163

Rebecca Das, Program Specialist & Assistant Director
Ph. 213-740-1739


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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships

Affiliated Scholar Program

The Affiliated Scholar Program invites individuals who have demonstrated excellence in feminist scholarship in any field to pursue gender-related research projects in association with the USC Center for Feminist Research. Although there is no stipend, Affiliated Scholars have official university appointments in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and are provided with various resources. Scholars are expected to be in residence in Los Angeles during the period of their award.

Research Fellows

Each spring, the Center for Feminist Research will invite proposals from USC faculty, advanced graduate students, and resident artists in any school or discipline at USC for New Directions Fellowships. Fellows must propose ongoing research projects related broadly to the seminar’s theme. Fellows are expected to attend all seminar meetings and events, to present their work to the seminar, and help plan any public programming related to the year’s seminar. They are expected to produce a completed project at end of the seminar, (for example, a monograph chapter, article, multimedia project, performance, or major grant proposal.) Faculty fellows will each receive $2500 in research funding, graduate students will receive $1000. The call for seminar fellows will be posted on this page during the period we are accepting applications.