GLSEN is offering a paid Summer Research Fellowship for graduate students of color in order to support researchers of color, particularly in areas of applied research aimed at improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. The Research Fellow will support the Research Department in its work to provide insight into LGBTQ issues in K-12 education and will gain experience conducting research for advocacy purposes, develop their skills in applied research, and increase their knowledge about LGBTQ education/youth issues. The Fellow will be given specific opportunities to develop a publication, participate in LGBTQ movement events that incorporate an intersectional lens on racial justice, and network with other scholars of color working in both academic and non-academic settings.

 Reports to: Senior Research Associate

 Responsibilities & Activities: 

The Research Fellow will assist the Research Department with GLSEN’s primary research related to LGBTQ issues in K-12 education, predominantly with reports and research briefs using data from the 2017 National School Climate Survey, GLSEN’s biennial survey of LGBTQ students.

 Fellow’s main projects will include:

  • Collaboration on support and input on development of LGBTQ Students of Color Research Report(s) including assisting with the first meeting of the project Advisory Committee meeting.
  • Creation of “State Snapshots” – short research briefs on LGBTQ student experiences for 30+ states using 2017 National School Climate Survey data.
  • Facilitation of informal focus groups/listening sessions along with other Research staff
  • Development of Fellow’s own study utilizing existing GLSEN datasets (LGBTQ students, teacher educators, secondary teachers, secondary students) with intention of preparing a manuscript for scholarly publication, with support and guidance from GLSEN researchers.

 Working with other members of the Research Department team, the Fellow will:

  • Assist with preparation and presentation of research findings for internal and external audiences.
  • Conduct basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Support the writing, editing, and proofreading of research reports, briefs, and other presentation material for internal and external audiences.
  • Review literature and manage upkeep of research literature database of current social science literature regarding LGBTQ issues in education.

 During the Fellowship, the Fellow will:

  • Attend regular Research Department meetings and receive 1:1 supervision from Senior Research Associate
  • Have the opportunity to participate in organizational-wide racial equity initiative activities (e.g. People of Color Caucus, Racial Equity Task Force, Deconstructing Whiteness Forum)
  • Participate in LGBTQ events (e.g., NYC Pride March) and attend GLSEN’s Chapter Leadership Institute in Austin, TX in July (expenses paid).
  • Attend specific events/conferences focused on scholars/researchers of color and receive an annual membership to social science research association (e.g. American Educational Research Association, Society for Research on Adolescence, American Public Health Association)

 Ideal candidates are:

  • Students who are currently enrolled in or graduates who have recently completed a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the social sciences, such as Education, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, or related field.
  • Students or recent graduates who identify as people of color (including, but not limited to, African American/Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian American/Asian Pacific Islander, South Asian, Native American/American Indian/Indigenous, Arab/Middle Eastern, or Bi/Multiracial students).
  • Able to live and work in New York City for duration of the fellowship – Summer 2018, with flexible beginning and end dates. (The Fellowship does not provide housing.)
  • Available to travel (expenses paid) to Austin, TX for GLSEN’s Chapter Leadership Institute in July.


  • Interest in using research to further social justice
  • Experience with quantitative research required; familiarity with qualitative research a plus
  • Working knowledge of SPSS data analysis program
  • Background, familiarity, or strong interest in LGBTQ issues in education or LGBTQ youth issues
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Word, and Power Point
  • Interest in working in applied research at a non-profit organization
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask
  • Commitment to GLSEN’s mission and goals

 This is a paid internship: the Fellow will receive a stipend. Candidates who are available to work full-time or part-time are welcome to apply (amount of stipend provided dependent on whether full or part-time schedule).

 This position is located in GLSEN’s New York City headquarters.

 To apply, submit your resume and a letter of interest to:

 GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people to apply.