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Last updated 09/12/2014 by Jay Burlingham.

Junior Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellowships, American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Deadline: October 20 2014


Updated: September 12 2014

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an international learned society founded in 1780 and located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, invites applications for its 2015-2016 scholar-in-residence program. The Academy seeks proposals from scholars who are completing manuscripts on American history, culture, and public policy from the founding period to the present. Preference will be given to untenured junior faculty. Qualified postdoctoral scholars are also invited to apply.

Visiting Scholars are based in Cambridge and have the opportunity to participate in seminars and other Academy events.

Applications must be submitted online: https://www.amacad.org/content/visitingScholars/application.aspx
Applicants should consult the program guidelines: http://www.amacad.org/content/visitingScholars/guidelines.pdf

Terms of Award: Visiting scholars are expected to be in residence at the Academy throughout the academic year (mid-September-May). The stipend is $45,000 for postdoctoral scholars; $65,000 for junior faculty (not to exceed one half of salary).

For Further Information: Contact the Visiting Scholars Program, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 136 Irving Street, Cambridge MA 02138 (vsp@amacad.org). Application information is available on the Academy’s website (http://www.amacad.org).

2 Postdoctoral Fellowships, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Deadline: September 30 2014


Updated: September 12 2014

Two fellowships for the academic year 2014-2015 are offered by Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, MPIWG: http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/) Department I, Prof. Jürgen Renn, and the University of Oklahoma Libraries (OU) (http://libraries.ou.edu/). Starting dates are negotiable. Each 2-year fellowship is a full-time year-round appointment. Applicants must state a preference for either the MPIWG or OU as their host institution; one fellowship will be awarded for each location.

Each fellow will be expected to publish a work in Edition Open Sources (EOS) (http://www.edition-open-sources.org/index.html) by the end of the second year of the fellowship. Each fellow will acquire skills relevant to the digital humanities using the EOS workflow and is responsible for editing of his or her own work to the end stage of publication.

The MPIWG is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. The colloquium language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language. Fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend between 2.100 € and 2.500 € (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany, who may alternatively opt for an employment contract TVöD E14 in the German payscale system).

After the first year in one of the host institutions, the postdoctoral fellows will exchange their positions for a period of six months: The postdoctoral fellow employed at OU will move to the MPIWG, the postdoctoral fellow employed at the MPIWG will move to Oklahoma. Round-trip airfare to and from the collaborating institution during the second year is provided by the fellow’s original host institution. The monthly stipend will be unaffected during the exchange period.

Applications for fellowships must include a book proposal, which is reviewed following the same protocol as book proposals by other authors (Submission guidelines).

Candidates must submit the following application documents as a single PDF file no later than September 30, 2014:

- Cover letter (2 – 3 pages)
- CV (including publication list)
- Book proposal (See Instructions for Authors)
- Official copies of degree certificates
- Writing sample (max. 8000 words)

Please note that only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Please upload your application at http://jobs.ou.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=85389.

The applicant must also provide names and email addresses of at least two scholars who will provide letters of recommendation by the deadline. Please note that the referees will automatically be contacted and asked to submit their letters electronically. Letters received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The University of Oklahoma and Max Planck Society are equal opportunity employers. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

For questions concerning the research project and Department I (MPIWG), please contact Dr. Matteo Valleriani (valleriani@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de); for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration (verwaltungsleitung@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

Templeton Fellowships in the Unity of Knowledge, University of Notre Dame

Deadline: October 15 2014


Updated: September 12 2014

With grant support from the John Templeton Foundation, the NDIAS will help chart a new course for future scholarship by offering Templeton Fellowships that encourage scholars to return to reflection on the broad questions that link multiple areas of inquiry and to do so in a manner that embraces a value-oriented interpretation of the world. Especially important to a complex, highly technical world is the integration of the sciences focused as they are on the descriptive, with other disciplines, namely philosophy and theology, with their concern for normative questions.

Templeton Fellowships provide an opportunity to integrate the exact sciences into a vision of the unity of knowledge based on the categories of the true, the good, and the beautiful; an opportunity to foster a vibrant and substantive interdisciplinary exchange in which ”secular” and spiritual knowledge are seen not in opposition to but as complementary elements of the human pursuit of truth.

Templeton Fellowships provide the opportunity and the environment for distinguished scholars to rethink basic assumptions underlying their academic disciplines and to pursue advanced and creative research on one of the following questions:

1. What is human creativity and how does it manifest itself?
2. What is the place of the human mind in nature?
3. How do the life sciences and the humanities contribute to an explanation of the unique features of humans?
4. How can the plurality of religious traditions be integrated with a philosophical monotheism?

These questions invite research projects of an advanced nature that link multiple disciplines, especially philosophy, theology, and the sciences. Successful research proposals, when completed, should have the potential to act as a catalyst for new thinking and an advance of knowledge in several disciplines.

Details on the Four Templeton Fellowship Questions: http://ndias.nd.edu/fellowships/templeton/templeton-questions/
Templeton Fellowship Application Instructions: http://ndias.nd.edu/fellowships/templeton/application-instructions/
Templeton Fellowship Online Application: http://ndias.nd.edu/fellowships/templeton/online-application/

About Templeton Fellowships at the NDIAS

With the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study will offer up to four residential Templeton Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year (August through May). These distinctive fellowships offer an extraordinry measure of scholarly support, including:

• a stipend of up to $100,000;
• fully furnished faculty housing (for those who reside outside of the Michiana area);
• up to $3,000 in research expenditures;
• a private office at the NDIAS, with a personal desktop computer and printer;
• access to two research assistants for up to 10 hours per week during each 15-week semester (fall 2015 & spring 2016);
• participation in the NDIAS research workshops and events, including the two weekly seminars held at the Institute;
• access to University of Notre Dame libraries and other facilities;
• registration, meals, and materials for the NDIAS conference;
• hosted collegial dinners and scholarly events; and
• the opportunity to develop and to participate in major presentations of research, especially with Templeton Colloquia.


Distinguished senior scholars with extensive records of academic accomplishment and who have had a considerable impact on their discipline are encouraged to apply.

Outstanding junior scholars with academic records of exceptional promise and whose research agendas align with the purpose and parameters of the program are also invited to apply.

Fellowship Expectations

The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study is a residential institute that values collegial interaction and a vibrant intellectual exchange on major issues and questions of value. The greatest advances do not occur in solitude, but in the company of others who share a passion for advancement and are open to dialogue and collaboration.

Templeton Fellows are expected:

• to remain in residence at the University during their fellowship;
• to contribute intellectually to each of the weekly seminars (held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Institute) and periodic presentations of the fellows’ research;
• to engage the University community through the presentation of seminars, workshops, papers, or other academic interactions [Templeton Fellows also present their research at the Templeton Colloquia. Templeton Colloquia provide Fellows with access to up to 20 premier scholars from multiple disciplines. The Colloquia promote interdisciplinary engagement on the topics and questions identified above; Fellows present their research to this group of scholars for the purpose of feedback and discussion on their ideas and findings.];
• to complete their research proposal during the fellowship period;
• to disseminate the results of their completed project in an manner appropriate for their project and discipline (book or journal publication(s), presentation(s) to major academic organizations or conferences, etc.) and within a reasonable period after the completion of their fellowship;
• six to twelve months following the end of the fellowship, to submit a report to the NDIAS explaining how the fellowship impacted the results, concepts, and/or methods employed in the research project; and
• to inform the NDIAS of the publication and presentation of research completed during the fellowship period and to provide the NDIAS with copies of papers, articles, and books resulting from their fellowship.

While in residence, in addition to the expectations and responsibilities of their appointment, fellows are invited to actively participate in the intellectual and cultural community at Notre Dame. Additionally, there are many opportunities to engage with colleagues and scholars from the University of Notre Dame, from universities in Chicago and nearby, and with guest speakers through the Institute’s many events.

Thank you for your interest in the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study’s fellowship program—the application period for 2015-2016 Templeton Fellowships at the NDIAS is now open. All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Awards will be announced in spring 2015. Please direct any questions you may have on the application process or fellowship program to Carolyn Sherman at csherman@nd.edu.

Research Fellow for RE-CONTACT Project, Southampton General Hospital/University of Southampton

Deadline: October 08 2014


Updated: September 12 2014

Location: Southampton General Hospital
Salary: £28,695
Full Time, Fixed Term - 2 years
Closing Date: Wednesday 08 October 2014
Reference: 452814CM
Research Fellow for RE-CONTACT Project

Post: Full Time for a 2 year fixed term
Research title: Mainstreaming Genomics: Re-contacting patients in a dynamic healthcare environment

The Clinical Ethics and Law (CELS) group at Southampton University are looking for a researcher to work on an ESRC/MRC funded project “Mainstreaming Genomics: Re-contacting patients in a dynamic healthcare environment”. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a dynamic team on a three-year collaboration led by Dr Susan Kelly, (Exeter), between the University of Exeter, Cardiff University, University of Southampton, University College London and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be able to undertake both qualitative and quantitative research in Southampton to include carrying out a survey and conducting in-depth interviews. You will have the opportunity to input into the development of the research and to liaise closely with the other centres which are participating in this overall interdisciplinary research programme.

Essential requirements for the post include a PhD or equivalent qualifications or experience.

To arrange an informal discussion about the project and the work of the post holder, please contact Professor Anneke Lucassen, who is the Southampton lead for this research programme: a.m.lucassen@soton.ac.uk.

For further details about the study, please see the document below.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed application form online at http://www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Sarah Foster (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5070. Please quote vacancy reference number 452814CM on all correspondence.

2015-16 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Deadline: November 01 2014


Updated: September 12 2014

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journals Science, Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more.

AAAS is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships® year.

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships provide sociologists a public service and professional development opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal realm. Fellows share an interest and commitment to public service, a desire to learn about science and technology policy, and a willingness to apply their social science backgrounds in new arenas.

Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington, DC.
Social and behavioral scientists who demonstrate solid scientific and technical credential, a commitment to public service, strong communication skills, problem-solving ability, good judgment, flexibility, and leadership qualities, are encouraged to apply.

For over 40 years, scientists, social scientists, and engineers have applied their knowledge and technical expertise to policy-making while developing valuable career enhancing skills. Join a network of more than 2,800 current and alumni fellows impacting policy, contributing to public service, and forging new careers.

-Doctoral-level degree (PhD) in any scientific, social science or engineering discipline OR Master’s in engineering with 3 years of professional experience.
-US citizenship.

Stipend & Benefits:
- $75,000–$100,000.
- Health insurance, travel/training and relocation allowances.

Online Applications Due: November 1, 2014
Fellowship Year: September 1, 2015- August 31, 2016

For more information and to apply visit: http://aaas.org/policy-fellowships/blue
Contact:Barry Williams
Email: fellowships@aaas.org
Phone: 202-326-6700
Address: 1200 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20005

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Sociotechnical Resilience, Nanyang Technological University

Deadline: November 01 2014


Updated: September 12 2014

The Post-doctoral Fellowship aims to conduct research on sociotechnical resilience. The main job is specifically focused on modelling the sociotechnical system, taking into account both organizational- institutional structures as well as technical-physical configuration of critical infrastructures. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to analyse and develop a framework for sociotechnical resilience in which both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the sociotechnical system are translated into a network-based model. The research project will be conducted in Singapore as part of Programme of Future Resilient Systems at Singapore-ETH Center (SEC).

The Postdoctoral Fellow duties include collecting and managing data and information, conducting ethnographic observation and analysis, and writing reports and publications. In addition, s/he is also responsible for coordinating research activities carried out by a small group of doctoral students. A PhD in sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), or system engineering is required. Having deep knowledge of risk, vulnerability, and resilience is preferable. For those with a PhD in social sciences, a background in engineering is a plus. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be familiar with, or willing to develop skills, in computational modeling/social network analysis, and able to work with a high interdisciplinary research team consisting of engineers, economists, sociologists, and psychologists.

For further information please contact Dr. Sulfikar Amir by e-mail sulfikar@ntu.edu.sg (no applications).

Call for postdoctoral research fellowships at the Open University of Catalonia (Barcelona)

Deadline: October 01 2014

Updated: September 12 2014

The program of postdoctoral research fellowships has as its objective the recognition of new researchers within existing UOC research groups. The new personnel will make it possible to expand the research teams of UOC research groups, as well as improve the quality and competitiveness of the R+D+Innovation being carried out.

The awarding of these grants will be carried out in function of certain indicators demonstrating the scope and productivity of the various research areas of the UOC. The program will be carried out by means of a single call offering three postdoctoral grants. This program is financed by the Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Foundation for the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, FUOC).

The objective of the call is to encourage fellowships at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya for teaching and research personnel who have acquired their doctoral degrees at another university in any active research area of the University’s departments for a period of three years. The existence and scope of the said grant will be adjusted to corresponding budgetary availability, and will be for an overall maximum of 371,000 Euros for the three years.

The program of postdoctoral research fellowships is set out in the terms of Law 14/2011, for Science, Technology and Innovation. In agreement with Article 22 of Law 14/2011, for Science, Technology and Innovation, the beneficiaries of the program will receive an employment contract providing access to the Spanish System of Science, Technology and Innovation, for the term of one year. The maximum length of the contract, including all prorogues, will be three years. Contract renewal will require a favourable report from the Research and Doctoral Commission, which will evaluate the fulfilment of the research objectives as agreed upon by the beneficiary of the grant, and in the time period foreseen.

The period of presentation of applications·and of the required accompanying documentation will be from July 30 to October 1, 2014.

Further information at: suport_admrecerca@uoc.edu

Postdoctoral Fellows Program: Food Systems Resilience to Climate Change, SESYNC

Deadline: October 01 2014


Updated: September 12 2014

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning early January 2015 that will be a part of a new SESYNC–USDA collaboration to catalyze data-driven research on food systems resilience to climate change. SESYNC seeks applications from PhD-level researchers with an interest in and/or prior research experience with data-driven analytical and/or modeling approaches to synthesize existing climate, socio-economic, demographic, and environmental data to address pressing questions related to food/agro-ecological systems resilience to climate change. The SESYNC postdoctoral fellow will also lead the planning, organization, and management of the new SESYNC–USDA “Data to Motivate Synthesis” Program. This new program will provide a unique opportunity for 25 early career scholars to co-develop research projects through a series of data exploration workshops with the cyberinfrastructure support needed to understand and predict food systems resilience under a changing climate.


We welcome applications from PhD-level researchers with experience using data-driven analytical and/or modeling approaches to address pressing questions related to food/agro-ecological systems resilience to climate change. Successful applicants will also demonstrate experience with and/or interest in research project/program management and supporting collaborative interdisciplinary team research among early career researchers. Applicants should have experience visualizing and analyzing complex datasets and possess basic computational skills including database and metadata creation and management and R or similar statistical and data processing software. Experience with geospatial tools (e.g., ArcGIS) and analysis is a plus.

Selection Criteria

Postdoctoral applications will be ranked primarily by the suitability for the position and novelty and feasibility of research questions. In particular, applications will be ranked with regard to their:

- Applicant qualifications and experience.
- Knowledge of how data-driven analytical and/or modeling approaches can be used to advance understanding of food systems resilience to climate change.
- Novelty, creativity, and/or urgency of research questions.
- Feasibility of producing meaningful synthetic research on this topic within a two-year time frame, including demonstrating knowledge of appropriate data and methods.
- Potential to support collaborative, interdisciplinary team research among early career scholars.
- Demonstrated organizational skills required to coordinate the activities of the SESYNC–USDA "Data to Motivate Synthesis" Program.

For more information: http://www.sesync.org/opportunities/food-systems-postdoc
To apply: http://www.sesync.org/forms/food-systems-postdoc

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position, Nanyang Technological University

Deadline: November 15 2014

Updated: September 12 2014

Tentative starting time: Jan 2015

One postdoctoral research fellow position is available in School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. The research fellow will be working on a 2-year research project focusing on the social impact of underground construction in Singapore. The research fellow will be part of a highly interdisciplinary research team consisting of civil engineers, environmental engineers, sociologists, and psychologists.

• The applicant should have a PhD degree (in social sciences, urban planning, or environmental studies) from a reputed university or institute.
• Research experience in urban/environmental issues is highly desirable. Research skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods will be a plus.
• The applicant shall be self-motivated and must be able to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
• The salary and benefit are competitive and will be based on candidate’s qualification and experience. Applications must be submitted by 15 November 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If interested, please send a cover letter, 2 letters of recommendation, and a detailed CV to Asst. Prof. Sulfikar Amir (email: sulfikar@ntu.edu.sg) and Asst. Prof. Premchand Dommaraju (email: premchand@ntu.edu.sg).

About NTU
Young and research-intensive, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the fastest-rising Asian university in the world’s top 50. Ranked 41st in the world and 2nd among young elite universities, NTU offers engineering, science, business, humanities, arts, social sciences. Its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, is set up jointly with Imperial College London. Placed 14th in the world for Engineering and Technology, NTU is home to one of the world’s largest engineering colleges which has a research output among the top four universities globally and is 4th most cited in the world. It has one of the best business schools in Asia with MBA programme ranked top in Singapore by The Economist. Partnering with top academic institutions like Imperial College London and MIT, as well as industry leaders such as BMW and Rolls-Royce, NTU offers a well-rounded curriculum, with real-world relevance and is ranked 1st globally in industry income and innovation. NTU provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond. Hailing from more than 70 countries, the university's 3,800-strong teaching and research staff brings dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.

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: 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
Kopernikusgasse 9
8010 Graz – Austria
E-mail: ias-sts@aau.at

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:

Administrative questions not addressed on the webpage should be directed to Natasha Dennison at shc-program@northwestern.edu. Substantive questions may be addressed to the program director at shc-dir@northwestern.edu. For more information about departments or programs in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, see http://www.weinberg.northwestern.edu/departments/index.html.

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://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://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.

Questions about the program and/or application process should be directed to: dow-postdoc@umich.edu.

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

For questions, please contact Shane Rhinewald at 585-410-6365 or SRhinewald@thestrong.org

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.

Enquiries: Volker Hess volker.hess@charite.de or Andrew Mendelsohn a.mendelsohn@imperial.ac.uk

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
electronically stefanie.voth@charite.de, or by post
Institut für Geschichte der Medizin
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Ziegelstraße 10
10117 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.
Galveston,TX 77555-1035

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.