Postdoctoral Research Fellow: V&A Research Institute Pilot Project

indexThe Victoria and Albert Museum is seeking to appoint a fixed term, full-time postdoctoral fellow in association with the Pilot Project for a V&A Research Institute. The Project is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Project is designed to experiment with new models of collaborative, cross-disciplinary object-based research, providing a strong base for the establishment of the V&A Research Institute. The fellow will be based in the V&A Research Department and be expected to participate in the vibrant research culture across the Museum. Managed by the Director and Head of Collections, with support from the Head of Research and the Head of Postgraduate Programme, the fellow will take a leading role in the running of the Pilot Project. This will include organising a series of collaborative research workshops and the concluding forum; contributing to the research undertaken by the project team; co-editing the subsequent publication and developing digital research outputs.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a proven research interest in the interface between history, theory and practice and to show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications and other achievements. Expertise in the field of textiles history, practice or conservation and experience with the creation of digital resources will strengthen the application, but are not required.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Hulme University Fund and John Fell OUP Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

brasenoseUniversity of Oxford – Humanities Division and Brasenose College
Grade 7: £29,837 p.a.

The University of Oxford’s Humanities Division, in association with Brasenose College, is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1 October 2014 on a full-time fixed-term contract for 3 years.
The fellowship is designed to support a promising academic who has completed her or his doctorate and is developing a new academic project. During the tenure of the post, the fellow will develop experience in research, teaching and organising academic initiatives. The fellowship is hosted by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), which stimulates and supports research activity that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries. For more details see
The successful applicant will pursue a research project in one of the following three areas: Orientophilia, Medieval Studies, or Race and Resistance Across Borders. Further details on research networks in these areas in TORCH are available in the job description.

The Hulme Postdoctoral Fellow will be a member of the Senior Common Room at Brasenose College for the full duration of the fellowship and expected to contribute to the intellectual life of both the college and their faculty. Applicants will have completed a doctorate by the date of taking up the fellowship and be at an early stage of an academic career with a commitment to their own professional development and progression to an academic post.

Applications must be submitted online.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 11 April 2014. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, a CV, and other documents as detailed in the job description.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bates College


The Department of History, Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellow, with a particular emphasis on pedagogical innovation. The fellowship is funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and begins August 1, 2014. Candidates must complete the Ph.D. by September 1, 2014, and should be no more than three years out of their doctorate. This is a half-time teaching position with salary and benefits of a full-time assistant professor. The fellow will teach three courses during the academic year 2014-15 and two courses in 2015-16. The reduced teaching load is designed to support innovation in teaching and on-going professional research. Some funds to support scholarly work are also available. Bates is a highly selective liberal arts college and will provide an excellent climate for professional development and scholarship.

We seek historians of the western Mediterranean between 300 and 1650 C.E., with strong preferences for those who study Spain before 1500. The following areas of specialization are of particular interest: interfaith relations, the Mediterranean world, and/or the Atlantic world. We anticipate a close integration of this position among programs in History and Classical and Medieval Studies, so applicants should explain how their own work might complement some of the work of relevant members of these departments. The successful candidate must be interested in, and will conduct faculty workshops on, innovative teaching and research. The department recognizes that innovation can take many forms. Some possibilities could include techniques in the digital humanities; methods for attracting diverse groups to the study of history; pedagogies focused on different learning styles; creative ways of structuring assignments and the use of classroom time; techniques for connecting student learning to wider local and global communities; or creative approaches to promoting student engagement and interest in History at Bates. The college, the History Department, and the Classical and Medieval Studies Program are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. The search committee expects candidates who can contribute to this goal to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Applicants should submit electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480, a letter of application, C.V., writing sample, teaching statement, and three letters of recommendation. Please include your last name and R2527 in the subject line of all submissions. Consideration of applications will begin on March 17, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
For more information about the college, please visit the Bates website:


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Art or Architectural History


Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University Applications are invited for a postdoctoral or more senior research appointment, July 1, 2014 -June 30, 2015. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester, subject to approval by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (which might be an introductory survey in the period of specialization and/or a seminar/upper-division class), interact with a diverse group of scholars, and have the opportunity to undertake and/or complete a research project. He/she will be expected to be in residence during the term of his/her appointment. Scholars must have completed all requirements for the PhD (including successful defense of the dissertation) by the time of appointment.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15, 2014 and will continue until position is filled. Applicants should apply online at https://jobs.princeton.eduand submit a CV, cover letter, statement of research, and names and contact information for 3 references. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Lauro DeBosis Fellowship 2014-15

300px-HarvardYardHarvard University, Cambridge, MA
Application deadline: Feb 14, 2014

The Committee for the Lauro De Bosis Lectureship in the History of
Italian Civilization at Harvard University seeks candidates who
attained their Ph.D. (or equivalent) within the past ten years
(December 2003 or after), for a postdoctoral fellowship in any aspect
of Italian culture, history, and society, to be held during the
academic year 2014-2015.  The fellowship may be one or two semesters
in length, depending on the proposed research project; it carries a
stipend of $25,000 for one semester and $50,000 for two semesters.
The recipient of the fellowship will be expected to be in residence in
Cambridge for the entire period of her or his appointment, and to use
the resources of the University to pursue a project with a substantial
Italian component.  He or she will also have the opportunity to teach
a course or organize a workshop at Harvard, and will be expected to
make a seminar presentation of his or her work.

Applicants should submit a 1000-word English-language description of
their project, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation
(sent separately by the recommenders) by e-mail to Sarah Axelrod at All applications should include a facing
page including the following information: the candidate’s name,
current affiliation, mailing address, telephone, e-mail coordinates,
the title of the proposal, the month and year the Ph.D. degree (or
equivalent) was obtained, the name of the institution that granted the
degree, and the names and e-mail addresses of the recommenders. All
queries regarding the fellowship should be sent via e-mail to the
following address:

Extended Deadline:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must be received by Friday,
February 14, 2014.


Job: Five-College Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islamic Art, 2014-2016

Islamic-Art-wallpaperSmith College and Hampshire College invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Islamic Art and Architecture starting July 1, 2014. This Mellon-funded position supports exceptionally promising young scholars for two years of half-time teaching (one course each semester) and half-time research. Over two years, the Fellow will teach four courses, two at Smith College (the home campus for the position) and two at Hampshire College. We seek candidates with any sub-specialization who are also able to teach a broad survey of Islamic art and architecture, as well as courses that incorporate interdisciplinary approaches. This postdoctoral fellowship is a full-time, salaried appointment providing excellent benefits and research support. A candidate must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2014.

The Fellow will fully participate in one of the nation’s most vibrant academic collaborations, as Smith and Hampshire participate with Amherst and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium ( Smith College is a women’s liberal arts college with 2,500 undergraduate students and 285 faculty, while Hampshire College is an undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women with 1,500 students and 95 full-time faculty.

The Fellow will be provided with research and teaching mentors at Smith and Hampshire Colleges and will have access to support from colleagues and library and research facilities at all five campuses, each located within 20 minutes of the others. The program is designed to provide Fellows with valuable teaching experience and time to complete and publish their research prior to seeking tenure-track positions. Fellows are encouraged to pursue their independent research programs vigorously and in association with a wide-ranging group of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African studies scholars who collaborate to organize faculty seminars and international symposia across the five campuses.

For more information and to apply please go to the website.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Shuffrey Junior Research Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Shuffrey Junior Research Fellowships
Lincoln College, Oxford University
Deadline: Noon, 7 January 2014

290px-Lincoln_quad_frontLincoln College Oxford invites applications for two Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) in Architectural History, tenable for a fixed term of four years from 1st September 2014. One Fellowship is dedicated to the support of research in the history of Greek and/or Roman architecture from 600 BC to AD 600. Applicants for the second Fellowship may work in any area of the history of architecture, or in the history of decorative design, from AD 600 to the present time.

Each of the Shuffrey Junior Research Fellows will be expected to undertake an approved programme of research, to provide up to four hours per week of undergraduate tuition for the College and to promote the study of architectural history through the organisation of seminars or lectures or by similar means. In addition to a stipend of £23,352 – £25,504 per annum, the Fellows will receive full common room rights, research and hospitality allowances, and membership of the USS pension scheme. College accommodation, suitable for a single person, will be provided at a modest rent if available.

Applicants should have been awarded a doctoral degree in an appropriate field not earlier than 1st September 2009, or should be expecting to complete a doctoral thesis before 1st October 2015, and will have a developing public profile within their field of scholarship. Candidates should not have held a stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship at another College.

Further particulars and an application form may be downloaded: here.

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Fellowships: Onassis Foundation Foreigners’ Fellowship

Fellowships: Onassis Foundation Foreigners’ Fellowship, 2014-15
Deadline: January 31 2014

onassis_presentationThe Onassis Foundation announces the twentieth (20th) annual Programme of research grants and educational scholarships starting on October 1st, 2014, which is addressed to non-Greeks, University Professors of all levels (Ph.D. holders), postdoctoral researchers (Ph.D. holders), artists, post-graduate students and Ph.D candidates.

The grants and scholarships offered within the framework of this Programme cover scholarly research or artistic creation in Greece only and in the following fields:
Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Photography, Film Studies, New Media, Philology, Literature, Linguistics, History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Educational Studies, Psychology, Political Sciences, Sociology, Political analysis, International and European Studies, Administration Sciences, Social Theory and Social Policy Economic Science: Maritime Studies, Finance, Public Finance.

For more information and an application form see the website: here.

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10 Postdoctoral Fellowships: Europe in the Middle East, The Middle East in Europe

10 Postdoctoral Fellowships: Europe in the Middle East, The Middle East in Europe
Deadline: 15 January 2014

Bassin_Syrie_1The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to ten postdoctoral fellowships for the research program EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST – THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME).

EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and secular) as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame.

The program puts emphasis on three programmatic ideas:
1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East
2) reexamining genealogical notions of mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society
3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of art history, history, literature, philology, political philosophy, political science, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the overall program ‘Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe’. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below.

As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2014 and will end on 31 July 2015. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplement depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. The working language of EUME is English.

EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:

This research group is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious differences in the cities around the Mediterranean;

is directed by Gudrun Kraemer, Institute for Islamic Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of discourses on modernity, secularity, and justice;

is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Seminar for Arabic Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and Stefan Wild, Universitaet Bonn. This research group situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East;

is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Centrum fuer Nah- und Mitteloststudien, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This research group reassesses literary entanglements and processes of canonization between Europe and the Middle East.

is a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of the experiences, interpretations, and critiques of Jews, Arabs, and Muslims in the Middle East and in Europe.

A new field of research that attempts to bridge the gap between political science approaches and cultural studies will be developed during the coming year. It will be directed by Cilja Harders, Otto-Suhr-Institut fuer Politikwissenschaft, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and Rachid Ouaissa, Political Science Departement, Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien, Philipps-Universität Marburg.


An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of
– a curriculum vitae,
– a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship)
– a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter)
– a letter of recommendation by one university instructor (that can be sent by as a separate e-mail).

The application should be submitted by e-mail as four separate PDF files in English and should be received by 15 January 2014, sent in to:

For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in EUME, please visit:
– Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin
– Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, FU Berlin
– Corpus Coranicum, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
– Zentrum Moderner Orient
– Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin
– Institute for Islamic Studies, FU Berlin
– Museum for Islamic Art
– Seminar for Arabic Studies, FU Berlin