Fellowships & Postdocs
Last updated 08/28/2014 by Jay Burlingham.
IAS-STS Fellowship Programme 2015-2016 in Graz, Austria
Deadline: December 31 2014
Updated: August 28 2014
The IAS-STS in Graz, Austria, promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of the links and interactions between science, technology and society, as well as technology assessment and research into the development and implementation of socially and environmentally sound technologies. Broadly speaking, the IAS-STS is an institute for the enhancement of science, technology and society studies.
The IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2015 and 30 June 2016 as a
- Research Fellow (up to nine months); or,
- Visiting Scholar (shorter period, e.g. a month).
The IAS-STS offers excellent research infrastructure. Close co-operation with researchers at the IFZ (Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture; see: http://www.ifz.aau.at), guest lectures, colloquia, workshops, and conferences provide an atmosphere of creativity and scholarly discussion.
Furthermore, we can offer five grants, worth EUR 940 per month, for long-term Research Fellows at the IAS-STS.
The Fellowship Programme 2015-2016 is dedicated to projects investigating the following issues:
1. Gender – Technology – Environment
This area of research particularly focuses on gender and queer dimensions in science and technology. On the one hand, individual perspectives of actors in the technological field are taken into account; on the other hand, educational, organisational, societal, environmental, and political issues are gaining more and more relevance. Queer perspectives on STS are of special interest, including analyses of the reproduction of sexual binaries or reproductions of marginalized/hegemonic positions and normalizations in and through science and technologies.
2. Life Sciences/Biotechnology
Applications are sought in two thematic areas:
First, following some 20 years of public debate, agricultural biotechnology continues to be a deeply controversial issue in the EU, partly fueled by progress in science and technology innovation such as GM industrial and energy crops, or novel breeding techniques. Research should contribute to a better understanding of the regulatory, broader policy and governance challenges of agricultural biotechnology, and/or explore strategies to manage these challenges.
Second, in recent years, social studies of the life sciences were bound to large scale research programmes. In many countries, these funding schemes have now come to an end. This is an opportunity to review these previous programmes via collaborative engagement with the life sciences, as well as to explore new ways of inquiry. Applicants are encouraged to address these issues when analysing the life sciences as a social process.
3. Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement & Ecodesign
The supply side policy “Ecodesign”, and the demand side policy “Public Procurement” are used to support the transition towards green, socially responsible and innovative markets. Nonetheless, scientific research in these respective fields is still limited. Researchers investigating the following areas are encouraged to apply:
The environmental impact or the innovation potential of green public procurement and ‘Ecodesign’; the impact of socially responsible public procurement; the hurdles, success factors, efficacy, and wider implications of European or national policies for sustainable and innovative public procurement and ‘Ecodesign’.
4. Towards Low-Carbon Energy Systems
Based on analyses of social, technological and organisational frameworks of energy use, projects should contribute to the shaping of sustainable energy, climate and technology policies. They should focus on socio-economic aspects of energy technologies or on strategies of environmental technology policy. They should develop measures and strategies for the promotion of renewable energy sources; for the transition to a sustainable energy system; or, contribute to the field of sustainable construction. Regional governance, climate policy strategies, innovation policy and the role of users are important themes. In addition, the Manfred Heindler grant is awarded to research projects concerning the increased use of renewable energies and the more efficient use of energy.
5. Sustainable Food Systems
Food security, nutrition, food quality and safety, resource scarcity, carbon foot prints and other challenges faced in urban or rural areas are currently dominating the industrialized and globalized food systems. Research applications exploring different forms of sustainable food systems, as well as related social practices and socioeconomic/technical processes in the production, distribution, marketing, and consumption of food are encouraged. A particular focus lies on governance mechanisms, policies, and their (potential) contribution to a wider transformation towards more sustainable cities, regions and societies.
Applications must be submitted to the IAS-STS by 31 December 2014.
For application forms and further information:
Please visit our website: http://www.ias-sts.aau.at
Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS)
Attn. Günter Getzinger
8010 Graz – Austria
Postdoctoral Fellowships, Science in Human Culture Program, Northwestern University
Deadline: December 01 2014
Updated: August 15 2014
The Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) at Northwestern University invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, or medicine, to run September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2017. Two Fellows will be selected. Applications are welcome from scholars who study science, technology, or medicine in any region of the world and from any of a range of historical, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, or literary perspectives. Each Fellow will be affiliated with both the SHC program and an appropriate disciplinary department in Weinberg College (History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, etc.). Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach two one-quarter undergraduate classes (typically one seminar and one lecture) over the course of the three-quarter-long teaching year. Fellows will also help organize and run the SHC visiting lecturer series. They are expected to be active participants in intellectual activities in both SHC and their affiliated departments and to deliver one public lecture each year.
In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by December 1, 2014. Important additional information including salary, prerequisites, FAQs, and detailed submission instructions appears on our website at:
AA/EOE: Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged. We also value demonstrated experience in working with diverse populations.
Postdocs, Sawyer Seminar and Spatial Humanities, Humanities Research Center, Rice University
Deadline: December 01 2014
Updated: July 23 2014
Rice University’s Humanities Research Center seeks postdoctoral fellows for two programs: the John E. Sawyer Seminar on “Platforms of Knowledge in a Wide Web of Worlds: Production, Participation, and Politics,” and Spatial Humanities.
The Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow will explore research on digital knowledge platforms (e-learning, publishing, collaborative research, crowdsourced, etc.), teach an undergraduate course, give research presentations, and actively participate in the Seminar. For details and to apply: http://www.hrc.rice.edu/sawyerseminars.
The Spatial Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow will consult and collaborate on spatial humanities projects underway at Rice, offering technical and intellectual expertise in geospatial or 3D modeling technologies, give research presentations and teach two semester-long courses. For details and to apply: http://www.hrc.rice.edu/spatialpostdocapp.
Each program awards one 1-year fellow $50,000 salary, benefits eligibility, and a research/relocation allowance. Deadline for both fellowships: December 1, 2014.
2015 Dow Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability, University of Michigan
Deadline: November 17 2014
Updated: July 23 2014
The Graham Sustainability Institute is now accepting applications for the 2015 cohort of the Dow Postdoctoral Fellows in Sustainability. Please forward this announcement to colleagues and/or prospective postdoctoral fellows.
These fellowships are designed to support a new generation of sustainability scholars who understand the necessity of collaborating across disciplines and sectors to address and solve complex sustainability challenges, with a strong focus on the interface of the social sciences/humanities and the natural/physical/ engineering sciences. We are particularly eager to receive more applications from candidates whose backgrounds are in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts so we can develop a balanced cohort that covers a truly broad range of disciplines that coalesce around issues of sustainability. Applications are being solicited from a national and international pool and are due on November 17, 2014.
Each Dow Postdoctoral Fellow has a two-year appointment in a U-M School/College, Department, or Center and a concurrent two-year appointment as a program fellow, with appointments following traditional academic cycles. The next cohort of postdoctoral fellows will begin their term in September, 2015. Information on the program and application requirements/process is available here: http://sustainability.umich.edu/education/dow/postdoctoral. The request for proposals and a one-page flier suitable for posting are attached.
American Geophysical Union History of Geophysical Sciences Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline: September 24 2014
Updated: July 14 2014
The American Geophysical Union invites applications for a $5000 fellowship in the history of science to a doctoral student completing a dissertation in the history of the geophysical sciences, which include topics related to atmospheric sciences, biogeosciences, geodesy, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, hydrology, ocean sciences, planetary sciences, seismology, space physics, aeronomy, tectonophysics, volocanology, geochemistry, and petrology. The fellowship must be used during the year following the start of the 2014 fall semester/quarter.
The goal of the fellowship is to assist doctoral students in the history of the geophysical sciences with the costs of travel to obtain archival/research materials needed to complete the dissertation.
Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Deadline: September 01 2014
Updated: July 14 2014
he Mirzayan Fellowship Program Office is pleased to announce that the National Academies is accepting applications for the January 2015 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program.
The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to engage early career individuals in the analytical processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain the essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Fellows spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Each year, applicants from around the world become part of a National Academies committee, board, or unit. Each fellow is assigned to a senior staff member who acts as his or her mentor. The mentor provides guidance and ensures that the fellow’s time is focused on substantive projects and activities within the fellow’s assigned unit. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.
General fellowship information may be found below. Additional information may be found at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/policyfellows/index.htm
1. Application Deadline: Applications are due September 1, 2014.
2. Selection of Candidates: Successful applicants will be notified in late October 2014.
3. Class Size: The session can accommodate up to 26 individuals.
4. Stipend: The stipend for the fellowship period is $8500.
5. Term: The fellowship term is 12 weeks. The January 2015 session will commence on January 20, 2015 and end on April 10, 2015.
6. Fellows’ Orientation: Mandatory program orientation will be conducted from Tuesday, January 20 to Friday, 23, 2015.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
Deadline: October 15 2014
Updated: May 08 2014
Five Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities are available for the 2015-2016 academic year on the general theme of SEX. Open to untenured junior scholars holding a PhD (no more than eight years out of doctorate). Research proposals from all humanistic disciplines and allied areas (e.g., anthropology, history of science) are eligible, except for educational curriculum-building and the performing arts (scholars of performing arts are eligible). Fellows teach one undergraduate course during the year in addition to conducting their research (must be in residence during fellowship year: September 1 - May 31). Stipend: $46,500 plus single-coverage health insurance and a $2,500 research fund.
Applications are accepted via secure online webform only. Do NOT email your application or c.v., or questions about whether proposed topic is viable. Those submissions and questions will NOT be considered. The committee cannot comment on the appropriateness of proposals in advance. A careful reading of the topic description and the application form itself generally answers most questions. Please also note that if you will defend you graduate thesis any time after December 2014, you are NOT eligible to apply, and NO exceptions will be considered.
Full fellowship guidelines, 'SEX' topic description, and downloadable application: http://humanities.sas.upenn.edu
2015-2016 Fellowships, Institute for Advanced Study School of Social Science
Deadline: November 01 2014
Updated: April 10 2014
Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites about twenty scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application, and must commit to the full academic year. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2015-2016 the focus will be Borders and Boundaries. The application deadline is November 1, 2014. Applications must be submitted through the Institute?s online application system, which can be found, along with more information about the theme, at: http://www.sss.ias.edu/applications
The Strong Research Fellowships in Rochester, New York
Updated: June 16 2012
The Strong is pleased to announce The Strong Research Fellowships to provide financial support for scholarly play research in The Strong’s incomparable collections of toys, games, board games, electronic games, and a wide breadth of play-related records and historical archives that document the importance of play in people’s lives.
The Strong invites applications from academic professionals, independent scholars, museum scholars, and advanced graduate students at the Masters or PhD level living outside a 50-mile radius of The Strong. Fellowships are awarded three times a year and granted for periods ranging from one week to three months in the following amounts: a $400 stipend per week for a maximum of three weeks and a $1,500 stipend per month for a maximum of three months.
More information about the fellowships: http://www.thestrong.org/press/releases/2012/06/4337-strong-announces-play-research-fellowships
2 PhD positions, “Ways of Writing: How Physicians Know, 1550-1950,” Inst for History of Medicine
Updated: March 16 2012
Applications are invited for 2 doctoral positions (65% E13) to be held for up to five years from 1 October 2012 at the Institute for the History of Medicine, Charité Berlin, for the research project “Ways of Writing: How Physicians Know, 1550-1950” funded by the European Research Council.
Observation in the clinic, testing in the laboratory, curve-tracing machines: we may think we know how physicians know. We don’t. That is because we have, until recently, ignored the primary medium in which medical knowledge occurs, namely, writing and its organisation and reorganisation on paper. Written patient records are almost as old as medicine itself and still central to its practice. Remarkably unexamined is how these have generated knowledge. The project aims to address a question of interest for understanding science, technology and medicine in the broadest sense: How are generalizations drawn from particulars? Key techniques appear to be those of mastering on paper. These are shared across clinical, natural historical, pedagogical, forensic, accounting, administrative and other activity. To learn how paper technology works and how this has shaped knowledge over time, to show how human beings know and deal with the physical world through operations of pen and paper: the project aims to contribute to this wider goal through its focus on medicine.
Successful applicants will join Volker Hess, Andrew Mendelsohn, and Ruth Schilling to complete a seven-person research group by focusing on one of the following areas:
1. Physici and Protophysici. Physicians in administration in early modern northern Italy and the Spanish court. Writing practices at intersections of government, university, and natural history. Languages: Latin, Italian and/or Spanish required.
2. Republic of letters, medicine in the 17th and 18th centuries. Natural historical practices at work in medical practice and the learned world. Languages: German, French, and English required; Latin preferred.
3. Birth of the clinic revisited. Knowledge practices from bedside to handbook at Montpellier, Leiden, Edinburgh, Vienna, 1700-1800. Languages: Latin, English, and French required; reading knowledge of Dutch preferred.
4. The Laboratory in the Clinic, 1850-1950. Role of modern experimental sciences in observation and understanding of disease(s). Languages: English and German required.
5. Constructing clinical cases, 1900-1950. Medical knowing from clinical recording to scientific publication. Languages: English and German required. Experience in historical research on patient records preferred.
Applicants should have a strong academic track record and research potential in history or history of science and/or medicine as well as specific knowledge and skills needed to work on one of the research areas listed above. Teamwork ability, readiness for cooperative research, and openness to multiple disciplinary approaches are essential.
Project members will communicate in English and German. Applicants with at least a listening knowledge of German will be at an advantage.
Project members will have the opportunity to gain academic qualifications – PhD or Habilitation – through their work on the project.
Preference will be given to equally qualified female applicants.
To apply, please send full CV, sample of written work, and two-page proposal (in English or German) for research in one of the areas listed above by 25 March 2012 to:
Ms. Stefanie Voth, Sekretariat
Institut für Geschichte der Medizin
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Applicants will be interviewed in the week of 16 April 2012, with decisions announced the following week.
Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Fellowship, U of Texas
Updated: February 22 2011
The Moody Medical Library of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is pleased to offer the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. Fellowship to support research related to the history of medicine conducted at the Moody Medical Library.
The Truman G. Blocker, Jr. Fellowship will provide between $2,000 and $4,000 per year to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses for the period between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Upon completion the recipient will deliver a paper at the University of Texas Medical Branch outlining the research, provide an expense report and a copy of the final research product. The University of Texas Medical Branch also reserves the right to post excerpts from the work, a photograph and biographical material of the Fellow on our website: http://www.utmb.edu/
The fellowship proposal must demonstrate that the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections contain resources central to the proposed topic. These collections consist of over 18,000 titles and 10,000 pamphlets and reprints documenting the development of Western medicine and allied sciences. The Moody Medical Library's holdings of books printed prior to 1501 place it among the top medical sciences libraries in the United States. Collection strengths include fundamental and secondary works in anatomy and surgery, anesthesiology, immunology, and occupational medicine. The Titus Harris Collection of the History of Psychiatry maintains over 4,500 volumes and is considered one of the most comprehensive accumulations of works on the subject.
The archival collections housed at the Moody Medical Library are among the largest and most significant in the history of the biomedical sciences in the southern United States. These collections provide records of state and national organizations, and professional societies in medicine and related fields in addition to the private and professional papers of University of Texas Medical Branch faculty, staff, students and alumni. An inclusive list of these archives may be found at the Texas Archival Resources Online website:
While preference will be given to applicants who live beyond commuting distance of Galveston, all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students. Applicants should submit a fellowship proposal outlining the subject and objectives of the research project and historical materials to be used, (not to exceed 2 pages), a project budget including travel, lodging and research expenses, curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by April 1st, 2011. Award decisions will be made by May 1st, 2011.
Applications should be mailed to:
Robert O. Marlin IV, Archivist
Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections
Moody Medical Library, University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Humboldt Research Fellowships
Updated: September 15 2010
The Humboldt Research Fellowship enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and all disciplines to carry out research projects for extended periods of time in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and fea sibility of the proposed research and the applicant's publications.
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers: Postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship: Allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides a monthly stipend of 2,250 EUR. Application materials and detailed information are available on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage.
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers: Scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within twelve years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship: Allows for a stay of 6-18 months in Germany; may be divided into a maximum of three visits of at least three months each; and provides a monthly stipend of 2,450 EUR. Application materials and detailed information are available on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage. Additional allowances are available for accompanying family members, travel expenses, and German language instruction.
Applications may be submitted at any time to the Humboldt Foundation in Bonn. The review process takes several months, and the selection committee meets three times a year to review applications.