Summer Research Fellowship

Reports to: Senior Research Associate

Location: Remote

Employment Type: Temporary

Pay: $25-30/hour depending on qualifications and experience. Candidates who are available to work full-time or part-time are welcome to apply.


GLSEN is a national education 501c3 non-profit organization, leading the movement to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for all since 1990. We work tirelessly to ensure that all children can have a high-quality education where they are safe and affirmed. We envision a world in which every child student learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and in turn is respected and accepted themselves.

GLSEN has been doing this work since 1990, and we are the only national organization dedicated to transforming K-12 school climate for LGBTQ+ students. We work at the local, district, state, and federal level to effect systems change in education in the U.S., and we connect with an international network of organizational partners to support similar progress around the world. Our work has produced measurable improvements in the lives of LGBTQ+ students in the United States and helped establish new norms of support for LGBTQ+ students in the education world. For more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, school-based programs, research, and professional development for educators visit

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, GLSEN has quickly pivoted all of our work on-line, sustaining the relationships, community, and core sense of shared purpose that is the foundation of our power and track record of success.


GLSEN is offering a paid Summer Research Fellowship for graduate students or recent graduates of a Masters or Doctoral program. The Research Fellow will support the GLSEN Research Institute in its research on 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 assist other researchers at the Institute with data collection, analysis, and reporting of large, national studies of LGBTQ+ youth and network with other scholars working in both academic and non-academic settings.

Responsibilities & Activities:

The Research Fellow will assist the GLSEN Research Institute with GLSEN’s primary research related to LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education, predominantly by assisting in survey outreach and data collection for the 2021 National School Climate Survey, GLSEN’s biennial national survey of LGBTQ+ students.

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

  • Monitor survey data collection and provide input on outreach strategies to communities from various backgrounds, including communities of color, in order to ensure a diverse and representative sample of LGBTQ+ students.
  • Cultivate and maintain new and existing relationships with national, state, and local partner organizations for survey outreach.
  • Help with writing, editing, and proofreading research reports, briefs, and other presentation materials 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 team meetings and receive 1:1 supervision from a Senior Research Associate.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in organizational-wide professional development opportunities regarding racial, gender, and disability equity initiatives.
  • Attend a specific event/conference 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).
  • Have the opportunity to use GLSEN datasets (of LGBTQ+ students, secondary teachers, school mental health professionals, pre-service teachers, etc.) to prepare a manuscript for scholarly publication, with support and guidance from GLSEN researchers.

Ideal candidates are:

  • Individuals who are currently enrolled in or recently completed a Master’s or Doctoral program in the social sciences, such as Education, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, or related field.
  • Individuals with a strong passion for mission-driven research regarding LGBTQ+ youth and K-12 schools.


  • 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 PowerPoint
  • Interest in working in applied research at a non-profit organization
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task
  • Commitment to GLSEN’s mission and goals

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

GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, people with disabilities, and women to apply.