The Institute for Research on Male Supremacism (IRMS) is accepting applications for emerging researchers on male supremacism who wish to participate in the institute’s mentorship program. IRMS is committed to exposing and challenging common narratives that provide shelter to male supremacist movements, advancing new theoretical understandings and practical analyses of contemporary threats, and providing resources for media and activists to improve their ability to challenge male supremacism and misogyny. The mentorship program exists as part of our commitment to expanding strong research in this area.

This opportunity is for those who are beginning projects on subjects related to male supremacism and misogyny who would benefit from the expertise of researchers already conducting work in this field. The mentorship program is open to researchers at all levels of academia and independent researchers, and welcomes applications from both graduate students framing a thesis or dissertation project and established professors expanding into a new area of work.

Mentee applicants should plan on being actively engaged in researching and writing on the topic of male supremacist groups, connections between male supremacism and white supremacism, anti-semitism, and/or Christian nationalism, and the attendant dangers male supremacism poses to historically marginalized and vulnerable populations. We are particularly suited to mentor individuals studying misogynist movements including Involuntary Celibates (Incels), Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs), Pick-up Artists (PUAs), and The Red Pill. 

Why Become an IRMS Mentee:

As an IRMS mentee, you will benefit from being connected with a network of researchers conducting research on male supremacism and receive research, media, and publication support from the Institute’s founders and fellows (see our founders and current fellows here). IRMS will also support mentees in learning to protect their data security, a significant concern in conducting research on movements with the potential for harassment or violence. Mentees will have the opportunity to write for the IRMS blog and learn about conducting public-facing research.

Mentee status will be reviewed annually, with the potential to be offered another year in the program or to become an IRMS fellows, as deemed appropriate regarding research progress.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit the following materials to contact@theirms.org

  • A brief cover letter expressing your past experience and future goals as related to the Institute’s mission;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A 500-750 word project proposal that clearly outlines the area of study, project goals, and identifies its audience;
  • Contact information for 1-2 references.
  • Please put “IRMS Mentorship Application” in the subject line of your email

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Questions about the application process should be directed to: contact@theirms.org