The Sociological Review Fellowship
The Sociological Review is delighted to announce that applications are open for our 2020/2021 Fellowship at Keele University.
Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience. With a turnover in excess of £170 million, over 10,000 students and a total academic staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research.
We are looking to appoint a Sociological Review Fellow to start on 1st September 2020 with the primary aim of completing a substantial writing project, normally a monograph based on a successfully completed PhD.
Sociology at Keele is located in the School of Social Political and Global Studies and the majority of members of the Sociology group are also members of the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion (KISI) which focuses upon the interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, and civic resilience; intersectional vulnerabilities and social mobilities; political mobilisations and advocacy. Sociologists within the School also specialise in the areas of social theory; migration, race and ethnicity; crime and policing; sociology of education and youth; cultural sociology; digital sociology; social inequalities; urbanism; globalisation; parenting/care; consumption and material culture.
Apart from completing a substantial writing project, the successful candidate would also be expected to liaise with, and provide support to the Editorial Office of the Sociological Review.
The successful candidate will receive a mentoring package (at Keele and amongst the Sociological Review Board membership) with a strong emphasis on early career development and also a generous allowance of up to £1,500 will be made available for conference and fieldwork. You will be situated in Sociology at Keele and benefit from the University’s research environment, including membership of the Institute for Social Inclusion, which will provide opportunities to engage in joint writing projects and / or collaborative funding applications with established members of Faculty and wider University. In addition to support received at Keele, you will also be granted access to ‘The Foundations of British Sociology: The Sociological Review Archive’, which you will be encouraged to use this resource if appropriate.
The post is funded by the Sociological Review Foundation Limited as part of its ongoing commitment to Early Career Researchers. The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide early career academics with the opportunity of spending a year writing their first monograph length book. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate their excellent, rigorous and innovative research ability, and evidence their competence to carry out the project in a timely manner. Good interpersonal skills are also essential. Your PhD must have been awarded in sociology, social anthropology or a cognate discipline within the last 24 months, and will not have previously been in receipt of a postdoctoral research fellowship. In addition, please note the successful candidate must be resident in the UK for the duration of the Fellowship.
You should be able to demonstrate the ability to write for publication by either having a journal article published, or accepted for publication. Typically, you will have not yet published a book, but will have had at least one piece of work from your PhD accepted for publication (e.g. a journal article or book chapter). In addition to support received at Keele, you will also be granted access to ‘The Foundations of British Sociology: The Sociological Review Archive’, which you will be encouraged to use this resource if appropriate.
In the letter of application applicants are required to include: (1) the award date for their PhD, (2) whether they have previously been in receipt of a postdoctoral Fellowship, and (3) applicants must confirm that, if they were successful, they will be willing to be resident in the UK for the duration of the fellowship. In addition, Letters of application must clearly outline the scope of this writing project, its importance, and relevance. This letter of application should include a full writing plan and timeline, and also potential venues for publication and related conference presentations during the fellowship. Where applicant’s plans include writing a monograph, a book proposal should be included, with an indication of potential publishers or the book contract you have already been awarded by a publisher. Finally, please submit a full CV with your application.
If you are shortlisted for interview, you may be asked to provide a further example of your work, preferably accepted for publication or published.
Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.
The University is committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible.
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