IPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental umanities
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to hire two Post-Doctoral Fellows 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 IPRH–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, as led by the IPRH–Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Professor Robert Morrissey. 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 for Mellon Fellows 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.
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. Please note that these are external fellowships; 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.
Online applications must be complete and actively submitted, including all letters of support uploaded by referees, by midnight on October 30, 2017, after which the application portal closes. All applications must be submitted via the application portal. Deadline extensions will not be granted. The review committee will consider only complete applications. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documentation is complete, and that referees submit their letters before the deadline.
The applications will be reviewed by the IPRH Advisory Committee, who will make their award recommendations to the IPRH; the IPRH Director and Associate Director serve on the committee in an ex officio capacity. Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria: scholarly promise of the project and the applicant’s preparation to undertake the proposed research, the quality of the narrative proposal, the relationship to the annual theme, and the letters of support.
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