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Fellowships & Postdocs

Last updated 07/23/2014 by Jay Burlingham.

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.

Questions about the program and/or application process should be directed to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Fellowship in the New Materials History Research Group at Chemical Heritage Foundation

Deadline: August 07 2014

Updated: July 14 2014

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia, USA, is excited to announce the construction of a new research group on the history of matter, materials, and culture.

We seek applications from historians of science and technology, science studies researchers, museum professionals, and public historians working in these areas.

The Fellowship period is expected to last for up to three years (considerations for shorter periods will be made) beginning
in the Fall of 2014. We welcome applications from researchers of all rank. CHF anticipates hiring 3-5 research fellows to establish this group.

We have a particular interest in the following areas of research:

The Material Culture of the Laboratory

We are interested in research that examines, among other potential topics:

The relationship between tools, equipment, and instrumentation and the work of science
The effect of new instruments on scientific practice and knowledge making
The introduction of new materials into the laboratory
The relationship between the material makeup of the laboratory and the culture of those that populate it
The Sciences and Technologies of Material Culture

We are interested in research that examines, among other potential topics:

The translation of everyday perception into scientific and engineering terms
The scientific understanding of material performance and functionalities
The imitation of natural materials by artificial ones
The driving forces of material innovation
The development from matter to the molecular to the material
Projects fitting within, or connecting, these areas of study are highly desirable.

Research Fellows joining CHF will be expected to:

Participate in the overall construction of this new research group through the pursuit of their own original research;
Coordinate with the research group and CHF professional staff to create networks of collaboration on these topics extending beyond CHF;
Work with CHF professional staff to identify and co-construct outreach and programming activities building on a utilizing their researc;
Work with CHF professional staff to identify opportunities to grow and maintain the research group beyond its initial phase; and
Contribute to the overall research community at CHF through regular participation in the activities of our broader community of fellows.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, the names and contact information for 2 references, and a research prospectus of approximately 500 words to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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.

Postdoc, Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities, Darmstadt U of Technology

Deadline: July 27 2014


Updated: July 14 2014

The Graduate School for Urban Studies (URBANgrad) at Darmstadt University of Technology is currently setting up a new graduate program on urban and infrastructural change in East Africa. This interdisciplinary program is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation and includes the following academic subjects: Spatial and Infrastructure Planning, Urban Development and Design, History of Technology, and Economic Geography and Global Studies. Within this program we are currently inviting applications for a

Postdoctoral Position (full-time, 3 years)

beginning in October, 2014 in the field of urban and infrastructure planning. The program “Urban Infrastructures in Transition” focuses on developments in the East-African cities of Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. In particular, it highlights the history of and the current challenges posed by urban infrastructures—the supply and use of water, energy, sewerage, telecommunication, and transportation services. Within its framework, researchers critically investigate the tensions between, on the one hand, internationally circulating technological ideals and models in the planning, design and construction of cities (especially those of the networked city) and, on the other hand, local processes of appropriation and modification.

We invite applications from candidates with a completed doctorate in urban/regional planning, geography, political science or a related field of study with excellent academic records, research experience in cities of the Global South and a strong interest for African cities, and who are socially and politically engaged (e.g., in NGOs, university bodies or labor unions). Your previous research activities and your publication record reflect your strong interest and extensive knowledge in the fields of urban studies, urban governance and planning and your strong methodological skills in empirical social research. Knowledge in the fields of social studies of technology and/or postcolonial (urban) studies is desirable for this position. You will be expected to conduct critical research on the urban planning and governance of infrastructure in both cities, publish internationally, and teach within our Ph.D. program, to advise the Ph.D. candidates, to participate in and coordinate the academic activities of the program and to expand and deepen our network with partners from academia, planning practice and labor unions.

We offer an excellent research environment in a motivated, international team at a leading academic institution as well as the possibility for exchange in national and international networks. We encourage you to actively participate at the Darmstadt Research Centre for Urban Studies, the Frankfurt Center for Interdisciplinary African Studies and the networks of the Hans-Böckler Foundation. We offer salary according to the German public service pay scale depending on qualification and experience. Salaries range between 46,000 and 58,000 Euros per year (TV-TU Darmstadt E14). For more information, please refer to: http://www.stadtforschung.tu-darmstadt.de/afrika/index.en.jsp, or contact the program director Jochen Monstadt +49-6151 16 2248; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address);).

The TU Darmstadt has an affirmative action program to promote equity in the employment of women, members of underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Interested candidates are asked to send their application (in English or German) as an email attachment directly to the following address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please include (1) a letter of motivation, (2) your CV including information on your political engagement, e.g. in NGOs, labor unions or university bodies, (3.) a 5-8-page first sketch describing your postdoc research project and how it might contribute to our general research program, (4.) transcripts, and (5.) two short samples of recent publications (article and/or dissertation chapter); please merge the documents into one single pdf-file, max. 6 MB. The deadline is July 27, 2014. The job interviews will take place between August, 1-6.

Postdoc, “Internet Infrastructures & Governance,” Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society, Berlin

Deadline: August 04 2014


Updated: June 28 2014

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) seeks applications from post-doctoral researchers for the position of a research fellow in Internet Policy and Governance. The candidate is expected to develop a research program focussing on governing infrastructures in digital societies.

This post is a 0.75 FTE position and is available immediately for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting. The salary is based on public sector wages (salary grade: TV-L 14, approx. € 35-40k p.a. gross salary, depending on your working experience, plus child allowances).

Postdocs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Deadline: July 31 2014


Updated: June 28 2014

As a young and dynamic institution, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Nanyang Technological University is pleased to announce that eight Postdoctoral Fellowships are to be awarded in July/August 2014. Six of these fellowships are to be hosted by the School-level research clusters including:

1) Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS@HSS)

The candidate should preferably be in the fields of science and technology studies, history, philosophy, anthropology, or sociology of science. The cluster is especially interested in candidates whose research focuses on technological systems, craft knowledge and practices, innovation studies, or data studies, but the search will not be limited to these specializations.

Application Information:

a) Interested candidates are invited to send a complete Curriculum Vita including a cover letter and the attached official application form. At least three reference letters, on official letterhead and signed by the referees, are to be sent directly by the referees to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please email your application documents to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The application closing date is July 31, 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

CSHL Sydney Brenner Scholarship in the History of Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology

Deadline: September 01 2014


Updated: June 11 2014

The Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is accepting applications for the 2014 Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to an independent scholar, historian, writer, or educator whose work will advance knowledge in the history of molecular biology, genetics, or biotechnology. A stipend of up to $10,000 is available to fund travel and other associated expenses to use our extensive archival collections for research. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2014. Applications may be found at http://library.cshl.edu/sydney-brenner-scholarship

The recipient of the scholarship will have access to the extensive archival collections held in the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The Center was established in 2006, in the historic Carnegie Building at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where genetics research began in 1904. It currently houses the archival collections of luminaries from the earliest years of molecular biology, including James D. Watson, Sydney Brenner, Barbara McClintock and Hermann Muller. The scholarship is endowed by the Francis Goelet Charitable Trust, initiated by Dr. Philip Goelet to pay tribute to his mentor, Sydney Brenner. The research and results are expected to be presented by the Brenner scholar in a talk, meeting, website presentation, or other educational endeavor, and culminate in a scholarly book, article, or other project.

Ludmila Pollock
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Library & Archives
1 Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
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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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Andrew Mendelsohn .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 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.