University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH)
Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Humanities, 2018-20
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The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to hire two Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in Environmental Humanities for two-year appointments commencing Fall 2018.
Environmental Humanities pulls the energy of several discipline-centric humanistic and related movements—environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others—into one common conversation about the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present. Intensely interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse, practitioners of the environmental humanities are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.
The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in Environmental Humanities will spend their two-year terms in residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will participate in all activities of the Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group. The Fellows will pursue an individual research project in an area of the environmental humanities; participate in a seminar and programs focused on the methods and challenges of interdisciplinary work in the environmental humanities; work together on a collaborative, public-facing project in the field; and work with the research group to develop the outline for an Environmental Humanities curriculum. Each fellow will be required to teach one of the courses developed in the second year of the fellowship term.
This search is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of Environmental Humanities. Special consideration will be given to scholars whose scholarship explores themes of climate or climate change, indigenous studies, place and space, resilience, or technology.
The fellowship carries a $56,650 annual stipend, a $5,000 research account, a modest moving allowance, and a comprehensive benefits package. To be eligible, applicants should have received their Ph.D. in a humanities discipline between January 1, 2015 and no later than July 31, 2018. Only untenured scholars who have not held the title of “assistant professor” are eligible (visiting, non-tenure-line assistant professors are eligible); lecturers with indefinite appointments that renew (rather than terminate after a fixed term) are ineligible. PhDs are the only terminal degree accepted. Current full- and part-time faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as scholars who received their doctorates from the Urbana campus, are not eligible for these awards. Scholars who cannot legitimately anticipate the conferral of their degrees by July 31, 2018, should not apply.
Application Deadline: October 30, 2017
Detailed eligibility requirements, terms, and application guidelines can be found out: http://go.illinois.edu/postdoc
The submission period opens September 1, 2017. Applications and letters of support must be submitted through the secure online application system. No paper or e-mailed applications (or letters of support) will be accepted. Please do not contact IPRH about the viability of your project. The selection committee cannot vet the appropriateness of proposals in advance. Careful reading of the application guidelines should answer most questions. Please limit queries to general questions about the fellowship opportunity and/or difficulties with the application system. The volume of applications IPRH receives prevents us from commenting on the status of individual applications. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via auto-generated email, once an applicant has clicked “submit.” Please note that active submission is necessary; uploading all requisite application materials does not, unto itself, constitute submission.
Nancy Castro, Associate Director