University of Wisconsin - Madison, Institute for Research in the Humanities / Center for the Humanities
Postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities / humanistic social sciences
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Wisconsin, United States|
The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it will provide 3 two-year postdoctoral fellowships for recent PhD recipients starting on August 25, 2014. Fellows will be affiliated with a department in the College of Letters and Science, as well as the Institute for Research in the Humanities and the Center for the Humanities. They will teach one undergraduate course per semester in one of the humanities or humanistic social science departments in the College of Letters & Science.
The theme for 2014-2016 is Religion and Secularism. What are the past and ongoing impacts of religion and secularism on history, literature, the arts, philosophy, or language? What are the meanings of “religion,” “secularism,” and postsecularism” and how are they theorized, represented, or institutionalized in different societies and times? How are they related to such social and cultural formations as modernity, war, empire, nation, science, spirituality, the work of art, power, indigeneity, politics, government, migration, race, sustainability, or territoriality, both past and present? What role do they play in constructions of gender, sexuality, or disability? How do religion, secularism, and postsecularism inform aesthetics across time, media, and genre? With this theme we invite applications for cutting-edge work from researchers across the humanities and humanistic social sciences whose work reflects upon or has significant implications for the meanings and effects of religion, secularism, or postsecularism in past, current, or future societies. Projects should make a clear contribution to the humanities and focus on either religion or secularism or on their interconnections.
In 2013-2014 the stipend for postdoctoral fellows is $55,157 per academic year, with a $2,000 per year research allowance, $3,000 per year travel allowance, and $2,500 computer allowance in the first year. Fellows are eligible for health insurance (www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/gradben.pdf).
- Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than 5 years past receiving their PhD. To be eligible for this competition, degree must be received between August 2009 and August 2014.
- Fellows must hold a PhD in a humanities discipline or in the humanistic social sciences.
- Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD but expect to have it by August 2014 must provide a letter from their home institution (department chair, head of graduate studies, or advisor) corroborating the degree award schedule.
- Doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW-Madison are ineligible.
- In an effort to foster disciplinary diversity in our program of six postdoctoral fellows, we are not likely to award fellowships to candidates whose teaching would be in the departments of History or Art History.
- The fellowship has no nationality requirements. If accepted, international candidates will be responsible for securing their own paperwork, visas, etc. as needed, though the university can provide some support in that process.
- Selected recipients may not hold another fellowship simultaneous with this one.
Your application must include the following:
- 100 word abstract of dissertation or book project.
- Proposal of up to 2,000 words. The proposal should outline completed research (including dissertation); work in progress; research that will be conducted as a Mellon Fellow; an explanation of how that research relates to the Mellon theme; a description of professional goals and plans for publication; an indication of the undergraduate courses you might teach; and other relevant information. Include how you believe you would benefit from being at UW-Madison, including the faculty associations you would like to develop.
- Curriculum vitae; include work forthcoming and in progress.
- Writing sample of up to 25 pages.
- Confidential reference letters from three writers. Reference letters should address the significance and feasibility of the proposed research; quality of the proposal; qualifications for the project; past work; and potential contributions to and benefits from being a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at UW-Madison.
- Optional: Statement of teaching philosophy and/or sample syllabi or descriptions of courses you have taught or would like to teach.
Applications must be submitted via Interfolio. Submit your application: https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22031
- When you begin your application, you will be asked to upload your curriculum vitae, proposal, and writing sample as separate documents.
- If you would like to including teaching information and/or you have a letter corroborating the degree award schedule, upload these as additional documents.
- You must also use Interfolio to submit your three confidential reference letters.
- All materials, including reference letters, must be submitted by November 1, 2013 to ensure full consideration.
Because this fellowship includes teaching, a criminal background check may be required of fellowship recipients.
|Secondary Categories:||Religious Studies and Theology
Social History / Studies