Perry World House offers a broad range of grant and fellowship opportunities to support opportunities for students and scholars alike.
Perry World House (PWH) expands and deepens Penn’s connections with international policy and thought leaders around the world by providing a platform, audience, and academic environment for them to share their expertise, generate new ideas, and broaden their work. To that end, Perry World House welcomes the Penn community — faculty, research centers, institutes, programs, students, and student groups — to apply for funding of up to $2,500 to bring an international policy visitor to Penn from abroad. With this grant program, PWH hopes to foster greater exposure of Penn students and faculty to interdisciplinary international research and policy engagement, as well as to identify speakers who embody the PWH mission of bridging research and policy.
Invitees should be policymakers, practitioners, thought leaders or scholars based outside the United States whose work engages pressing global policy challenges. We encourage visits that are for at least several days and that allow visitors to engage both deeply and broadly across Penn’s campus. Visitors may, for example, speak at a conference, make a guest appearance in a class and/or collaborate on a research or policy project. To facilitate interdisciplinary engagement, we likewise encourage visits that connect a guest to multiple schools, departments, research centers and programs.
Applications to the PWH Travel Grant Program are competitive and will be judged based on the goals of the program and Perry World House’s priorities, including, but not limited to, the visitor’s engagement with key global policy challenges and the commitment of potential hosts to maximize the impact of the visit on the Penn community. Applications for funding will be considered both in the fall and spring semesters. Funding cannot be used for any other purpose than that for which it was applied.
Preference will be given to speakers who satisfy the below criteria. The $2,500 is intended to offset the costs of airfare, ground transportation, visas, associated travel costs, and accommodation for the duration of the speaker’s stay. Office space may be made available to the visitor at Perry World House. Depending on the qualifications of the visitor and the nature of the program, Perry World House may ask the visitor to participate in a seminar, lecture, student meeting, or other activities that advance Perry World House’s mission.
Preferred qualifications of speakers
PWH seeks to bring diverse, interdisciplinary visitors from a variety of national backgrounds to Penn. However, we will give preference to prospective visitors who:
• Engage in pressing global policy questions through scholarly research, praxis, or policy advocacy;
• Propose a program for the visit that engages deeply with Penn faculty and students and facilities interdisciplinary work
• Are recognized global thought leaders; or
• Demonstrate desire/commitment to interdisciplinary engagement.
Penn faculty and students are eligible and encouraged to apply. Students must apply with the documented support of at least one faculty member. Applicants may apply for a grant no more than once a semester. All questions on the application should be answered completely and thoroughly.
Grant Term and Budget
The grant term is limited to the end of the academic year. Larger multi-year initiatives will be considered (up to two years maximum). Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Grants will not exceed $2,500.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. The application approval process can take up to one full month, please submit your application accordingly.
In the event that a grant is awarded, advertisement for the speaker is expected to acknowledgment that the speaker’s visit was made possible in part by a grant from the Perry World House International Visitors Grant Program. (Perry World House will provide its logo upon request.
Borders & Boundaries
The Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics has two openings for post-doctoral research fellows for one-year, renewable, full-time appointments. Fellows will split their time between their own research and work with a team led by Professor Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Law, Political Science, and Business Ethics. The Project is concerned with boundaries between organized human communities, broadly understood. International borders, border regions and border crossings have multiple significance as designations of state authority, security buffers, expressions of social meaning and opportunities for economic integration. Border regions and activities speak to national and local encounters with neighbors and the rest of the world. This project is concerned with how humans demarcate the space between “us” and “them.” It contextualizes border architecture, infrastructure and institutions as expressions of various social, political and economic anxieties associated with globalization. This research team will concern itself with a broad range of questions relating to “bordering” in world politics. Applicants with an interest in territorial politics; migration and movement across borders; development in and across border regions; border crossing regimes, architectures and institutions; transnational migration; transnational crime, human trafficking and law enforcement across borders; and related issues are welcome to apply. Skills in empirical spatial analysis, GIS technologies, mapping technologies, experimental analyses, computerized textual and imaging analyses, and similar technologies are highly desirable, as are computer programming skills and experience using large computer databases and statistical software.
Requirements and Application Information
There are no mandatory teaching responsibilities. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to give a presentation during the academic year in the Perry World House Seminar Series, engage with Perry World House’s Undergraduate Student Fellows, and attend regularly scheduled seminars. Perry World House will also introduce each postdoctoral fellow to related faculty and leaders of centers and institutes at the University of Pennsylvania.
Postdocs will be housed with the Global Innovation Program in Perry World House.
Applications are welcome from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last two years (not earlier than 2017), or who expect to complete their degree by June 2019. Applications will be reviewed starting Tuesday, January 8, 2019. To receive full consideration, applications and letters of recommendation should be received by that date.
To apply, please find link below. Applicants will be asked to complete a short form as well as upload a cover letter, CV/resume, one-page research statement, writing sample, and unofficial PhD transcript (only required for current graduate students). We will also ask for the name and email address of two letter writers who can submit a letter of recommendation.
Upon provision of and contingent upon proof of conferral of the PhD degree, all postdoctoral fellow positions pay a stipend of $53,000 plus relevant fees and health insurance. The position also provides $2,000 in research support.
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