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Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Opportunity

Humanities Ph.D.s about to graduate look at this great opportunity! Recent alums take notice too!

Deadline: March 22, 2017

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ACLS is pleased to announce the seventh annual Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows competition. In 2017, the program will place up to 22 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at top nonprofit and government agencies. Public Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations while benefiting from professional mentoring and other career building opportunities. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $67,500 per year, as well as individual health insurance and $3,000 toward professional development activities. Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2013, and June 18, 2017, and will have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2017.

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Further information about the application process, eligibility criteria, and this year’s fellowship positions is available here. All applications must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system by 8 pm EDT on March 22, 2017. Questions about the program may be addressed to publicfellows@acls.org.

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SciencesPro- Teaching Fellow Positions Open!

Post-doctoral and doctoral students close to dissertating look at these teaching fellow positions!

Deadline: February 15, 2017

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Sciences Po welcomes applications from post-doctoral and doctoral students close to their thesis submission for teaching positions on one of its three Anglophone undergraduate campuses in France: Reims, Menton or Le Havre. Each campus focuses on a world region and offers a 3-year Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology Law and Humanities. Courses are taught in English. The successful applicant’s area of expertise will be relevant to the disciplines taught at Sciences Po and to the campus’ world regional focus. Reims hosts two different programs, one focusing on North America and Europe, the other on Africa and Europe. Menton’s program concentrates on the Middle-East and Europe, and Le Havre is dedicated to Asia and Europe.

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1. Responsibilities. In addition to pursuing your research you will be asked to teach 3 courses per semester. Course content will be agreed upon with the program director and will fall into two categories: “Tutorial seminars”: 2 hours/week, groups of 20-25 students, these methodology seminars are provided in addition to a lecture given by a senior professor. “Electives”: 2 hours/week, up to 20-25 students, the topic can be defined according to your field of expertise. You will also be required to hold regular office hours.

2. Length of stay. Preferred start date: August 22nd, 2017. Priority is given to applicants able to commit to one full academic year, but applications for one semester will be considered. Each semester term runs for 12 weeks: the fall term begins in September and ends in December, the spring term begins in late January and ends in early May. See academic calendar for more details.

3. Compensation and benefits. Salary of € 1600 /month (net, approximately $1749) from
August 22nd 2017 to May 22nd 2018. Full health benefits through the French national
system. Access to resources and facilities on all Sciences Po campuses. The contract may be eligible for extension, subject to a performance review and depending on institutional need.

4. Requirements. Successful applicants will have completed their PhD – or will submit their doctoral thesis imminently – in one of Sciences Po’s core fields (History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology or Law). Their research and teaching interests should be relevant to the regional focus of the chosen campus. Previous teaching experience is strongly preferred, and English proficiency is mandatory. The ability to speak French or other non-English languages for purposes of student advising, research, and teaching will be considered a plus.

5. Application Process. Please send the following application documents by February 15th, 2017 to: teaching.fellow@sciencespo.fr:

  • Cover letter/ statement of interest. In addition to research interests, please include a brief statement of teaching experience and philosophy.
  • Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications)
  • Course proposal(s). Brief summary of at least one elective course (or up to 3) with
    sample of major readings/resources you could incorporate into this class.
  • References. One letter of reference and contact information for two additional
    referees, ideally professors who know your research and teaching.

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Key Sciences Po contacts for questions and expressions of intent:

Caroline Gueny-Mentre
Center for the Americas, International Division
caroline.guenymentre@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 1 45 49 83 14

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Amy Greene
Assistant Dean for International Affairs, Undergraduate College
amy.greene@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 1 45 49 50 23

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Nathalie Jacquet, Director
Reims Europe-North America &
Europe-Africa Campus
nathalie.jacquet@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 3 26 05 94 61

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Florent Bonaventure, Director
Le Havre Euro-Asian Campus
florent.bonaventure@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 2 32 92 10 04

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Bernard El Ghoul, Director
Menton Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Campus
bernard.elghoul@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 4 97 14 83 50

 

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UN Internship Opportunity

All current GSAS student look at this opportunity from the UN.

Deadline: ASAP  |  Start Date: January 2017

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The UN DPI- NGO Relations section is looking for interns for their office starting in January for 6 months full-time. The internship process at the UN requires that a student must be in his/her senior year of undergraduate studies or in a Master’s programme or above.

This dept at the UN is specifically looking for someone who has strong writing, research and computer skills. They will consider specifically Fordham students for this opportunity- Fordham candidates will be forwarded to UN directly for consideration.

If you want to be considered for this opportunity, please send an email to: impactinitiativefordham@gmail.com as soon as possible and include your cover letter saying why you are qualified and resume.

For more info about Fordham/UN:
http://www.fordham.edu/info/21334/programs_and_events/5158/united_nations

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Humanities Institute Fellowship Opportunity

Current Ph.D.s or recent post-docs look into this fellowship from our partner, The New York Botanical Garden.

Deadline: January 13, 2017

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The Humanities Institute—a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—engages an intellectual community of students, fellows, and visiting scholars, whose research focuses on areas of inquiry connecting natural history to the human experience. The Institute creates a forum for stimulating new thinking on subjects that reconnect the sciences and humanities.

The Humanities Institute is pleased to offer a full-time, residential Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2017 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in the environmental humanities. The application deadline is January 13, 2017.

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Application and instructions can be found here.

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“Living Humanities” Ph.D. Grant Project Kicks Off at Fordham!

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded GSAS and Fordham University a Next Generation Humanities PhD grant for the project entitled “The “Living Humanities” Ph.D. for the 21st Century.” For more on this project, see its website.

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The inaugural meeting of “The ‘Living Humanities’ PhD for the 21st Century” project took place on Friday, October 14. The meeting started on a somewhat bleak note – the unhappiness of graduate students. In his introductory talk, featured speaker Leonard Cassuto highlighted that, in the current plan of graduate education in the humanities, professors teach graduate students to want something that their professors can’t supply – the tenure-track academic position – so they’re effectively teaching their students to be unhappy. Drawing on two chapters from his 2015 book, The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It, “Admissions” and “Conclusion: In Search of an Ethic,” Cassuto charted how we got to this point, giving a snapshot of graduate education and job placement since the 1950s. Most damningly, he suggested that current doctoral education is designed for people who could be the grandparents of our current students – the doctoral candidates who graduated during an academic job boom in the 1950s and 60s.

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Having established this pressing need for change in doctoral education, the meeting then turned to how we can change, focusing on five key questions:

  • How can we connect what we teach with what our students do with their degrees?
  • How can we embrace the teaching mission of graduate study?
  • Should the PhD be reconceived with skills-based approaches, and what would these skills be?
  • What are the goals for the PhD degree, and what would it mean to reconceive doctoral education in the humanities as liberal education?
  • How should the PhD go public?

Meeting participants engaged in a World Café format, discussing these questions in groups of five and taking copious notes to share with the group.

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With these discussions, the tone of the meeting became a lot more uplifting, with participants discussing ways to make change and programs that had already started this process. Participants questioned what students get out of their degrees – how do we connect how we teach with what our students do with their degrees? What skills do students develop during the PhD? They also debated how to balance discipline-specific requirements with more universal skills – should graduate education be skills or content-driven (and is this an either/or question)? Are the disciplines dinosaurs? A common theme across the five topics that merits further exploration was what students actually do once they graduate from PhDs – are there recognizable categories of non-academic jobs that students go to? What options are available to humanities PhD graduates, and what do employers outside the academy value from a humanities doctoral education?

One key theme across the topics was the value of collaboration and interdisciplinarity. Many participants emphasized the value of collaborative assignments for students, but also encouraging students to look beyond their departments for resources and providing teaching opportunities that weren’t just field-specific. They also highlighted current initiatives across the GSAS that help prepare graduate students for a range of positions, such as the proseminar for first-year students in Philosophy that provides professional orientation, or the Teaching Practicum in the English department that prepares graduates to teach at a range of institutions. New initiatives were also mentioned, like the Preparing Future Faculty program at GSAS and a proposed Eloquentia Perfecta seminar in Public Communication for graduate students across the humanities.

Other resources from outside Fordham were also suggested. In a discussion of post-PhD careers, one participant suggested the “Humanities Unbound” project, which promotes careers beyond tenure-track academic jobs and investigates what alt-ac activities are already being pursued by graduate students and academics across the US (see this paper by Katarina Rogers from the University of Virginia for details). In a discussion of internship opportunities for PhD students, several people mentioned the MLA’s Connected Academics Proseminar for alternate careers to academia, currently in its second year. In a discussion of taking scholarly research public, the “Knowledge Unlatched” portal was mentioned, which hosts Open Access publications that are proposed by publishers and then supported by libraries.

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Throughout the meeting, participants highlighted avenues for improvement and expressed a strong desire to implement such changes. They also considered both potential gains and losses from the evolution of graduate education, and emphasized the need for humility in looking to new models. The practicality, enthusiasm, and wealth of suggestions from PhD students and graduates across disciplines and careers set a promising precedent for “The ‘Living Humanities’ PhD for the 21st Century” project’s ongoing mission this year.

  • Samantha Sabalis, Graduate Assistant, NEH/GSAS Grant, The “Living Humanities” Ph.D. for the 21st Century

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Margaret Yardley Fellowship Opportunity

Female graduate students who are residents of New Jersey, look into this opportunity from NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC.

Deadline: March 1, 2017

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$1,000 fellowship granted annually to a female graduate student. Must be a resident of New Jersey, active in a graduate program (in AY 17-18), and have financial need. The award is granted annually to a deserving woman who is a graduate student doing advanced work in a special field of study. For more information on the fellowship and instudctions on how to apply visit the NJSFWC website.

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Smithsonian Libraries Research Opportunities 2017-18

Hey students! Check out this fellowship opportunity from the Smithsonian!

Deadline January 15, 2017

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Smithsonian Libraries – Opportunities for Research 2017-2018
The Smithsonian Libraries, situated at the center of the world’s largest museum complex, is a vital part of the research, exhibition, and educational enterprise of the Institution. The Libraries offers exceptional research resources ranging from 13th-century manuscripts to electronic journals. We are happy to offer the following fellowship opportunities for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program: $3,500 per month for up to six months to support scholarly research in the Special Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, D.C. and New York, NY, in an extensive range of subject areas. Doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. Collections include printed materials on world’s fairs; manufacturer’s commercial trade catalogs from the 19th and 20th centuries; natural history rare books (pre-1840 works on topics such as botany, zoology, travel & exploration, museums & collecting, geology, and anthropology); air and space history (late 18th to early 20th centuries); James Smithson’s library; rare materials in European and American decorative arts, architecture, and design (18th to 20th centuries); and history of art and artists (exhibition catalogs, catalogues raisonnés, serials, dissertations and artists’ ephemera).

The Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program: $3,500 per month for up to six months for individuals working on a topic relating to the history of science and technology who can make substantial use of the Dibner Library’s Special Collections in Washington, D.C. Doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology has manuscripts and rare books dating primarily from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Collection strengths are in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, classical natural philosophy, theoretical physics (up to the early 20th century), experimental physics (especially electricity and magnetism), engineering technology (from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century), and scientific apparatus and instruments.

The deadline for all programs is January 15, 2017 for appointments between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. Fellowship recipients are expected to be in residence during their appointments. For further information about the Smithsonian Libraries’ Resident Scholar Programs listed above, including application information, visit the Smithsonian web site.

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NEH Postdoctoral/Predoctoral Fellowship and Program Opportunities

Advanced Ph.D.s and soon to be Alums– look into these great opportunities from the Omohundro Institute sponsored by the NEH!

Postdoctoral Fellowship Deadline: October 31, 2016

Scholars’ Workshop Deadline: January 23, 2017

Georgian Papers Programme Deadline: November 7, 2016, February 20, 2017, & May 8, 2017

Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation Short-Term Visiting Fellowship Deadline: April 17, 2017

Lapidus-Omohundro Predoctoral Fellowship Deadline: January 16, 2017

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The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture is an1 independant research organization housed at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. They offer long-term, short-term, and travel fellowships to scholars at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels. All application materials and complete information can be found on their website under fellowships.

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CMH Dissertation Fellowships Opportunity

Ph.D. students interested in military or U.S. Army history or related fields, look into this Dissertation Fellowship from the U.S. Army Center for Military History. Three Fellowships are offered each year.

Deadline: January 15, 2017

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Purpose
To support scholarly research and writing among qualified civilian graduate students preparing dissertations in the history of warfare, the Center offers three Dissertation Fellowships each year. One, funded by the National Museum of the U.S. Army, is designed to support dissertations that explore the material culture of the Army; the two others support research in the more general areas of military history in all its many aspects. In your application please specify if you wish to compete for the two general fellowships or for the Museums fellowship. These fellowships carry a $10,000 stipend and access to the Center’s facilities and technical expertise.

Area and Topics of Study
For purposes of this program, the history of war on land is broadly defined, including such areas as biography, military campaigns, military organization and administration, policy, strategy, tactics, weaponry, technology, training, logistics, and the evolution of civil-military relations. In the selection of proposals for funding, preference is given to topics on the history of the U.S. Army. Topics submitted should complement rather than duplicate the Center’s existing projects.

See the CMH website for information on eligibility, how to apply, and fellowship requirements.

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