Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellows

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-12-17
Req: R0030398

As part of an ongoing commitment to diversifying our programs, the professoriate and the research workforce, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia solicits applications to the  Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellows Program.  This program recruit postdoctoral scholars who have the potential to assume a tenure-track faculty position and who would benefit from a mentored professional development opportunity.  

There are two components to this program: Postdoctoral fellowships intended to support under-represented scholars in any field and postdoctoral fellowships in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences funded by a university-wide Race, Place and Equity grant from the Mellon Foundation to advance research and teaching of issues race, justice and equity (RJE). Applicants to the first component can apply to any participating Arts & Sciences department; applicants in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants to the Mellon-funded component should specify a home department in the Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences and they must work on RJE-related questions, especially those in Black and Indigenous Studies of North America.

Applicants must have a terminal degree (PhD, or, where appropriate, an MFA). Candidates who received (or will receive) their terminal degree between August 24, 2019 and August 24, 2022 are eligible to apply. The RJE component specifically seeks applicants with a relevant scholarly or creative focus. Areas of research or creative focus might include, but are by no means limited to, labor stratification, race and environment, health, inequity, settler colonialism, sovereignty and survivance, civil rights history, race and public policy, social movements, decolonizing methodologies, race and literature, arts, etc. Scholars from underrepresented communities, including Native American, Indigenous, African American, Latinx, Asian American, queer, neurodiverse, and differently abled scholars, are especially invited to apply.

Postdoctoral Fellows funded under this program will be appointed for two years contingent on a successful annual review. Fellows will teach at least one course per year; specific teaching assignments will depend on the department and the appropriateness to the professional development goals. These are 12-month appointments. In addition to salary and benefits, which include health care and retirement contributions, the program will provide a research allocation for each Fellow. Fellows will receive career mentorship and will participate in professional development programs with the aim of preparing them for faculty careers in academia.

For more on the A&S Rising Scholars program, including a list of participating departments see https://graduate.as.virginia.edu/rising-scholars.


Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs search for requisition # R0030398, (or through Workday for internal applicants), complete the application.


https://applycentral.virginia.edu/apply/?sr= d70fe4b8-4126-49a2-af11-a9488582c8b8 to complete the application by uploading the following:

  • Cover letter (two pages) that includes a summary of your interest in this opportunity, how you meet the stated qualifications, and how your interests and professional goals align with individual faculty, initiatives, and strengths of the participating A&S department to which you are applying.
  • A one-page statement outlining your experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research, teaching and career interests, no more than two pages.
  • One published article, preprint, essay or other material that you have authored, published or in manuscript form.
  • Name, title and email address of three referees who have agreed to write on your behalf. The system will then send a request to the referees. These references must be submitted by the application deadline.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2022. For full consideration, applications should be complete by that date.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at nr7f@virginia.edu.

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The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


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One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 orAskHR@virginia.edu to request assistance.

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