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Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture (IASC) at the University of Virginia invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships. The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture is an interdisciplinary research center and intellectual community based in the interpretive social sciences committed to understanding contemporary and historical cultural change and its individual and social consequences, training young scholars, and providing intellectual leadership in service to the common good. In its twenty-six-year history, the Institute has cultivated projects on, for example, political culture and democracy, social theories of modernity and critical theory, moral philosophy and the public sphere, philosophical anthropology and religious experience, and human development and the making of the modern self in education.

Fellowships are open to qualified candidates with US citizenship or who can obtain the appropriate visa through another institution. All fellows must be in residence at IASC in Charlottesville, VA for the duration of the award period. Institute fellows are expected to participate in IASC events, to be an active member in its the seminars and reading groups, and to refrain from teaching or other forms of employment during their fellowship.

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. before the start of the fellowship term on September 1, 2023, and no earlier than January 1, 2020.

The fellowship term begins September 1, 2023, and, if fellows satisfy the program requirements and remain in good standing, ends May 31, 2025. The fellowship carries an annual stipend between $46,573 - $50,760 plus individual health insurance.

To apply, submit in one email with the subject “IASC Postdoctoral Application” to [email protected] the following items: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a 5–7 page project abstract, including a statement that positions your project within the scope of the Institute’s vision and one of our colloquies or labs; and 4) a writing sample no longer than 50 pages. (Letters of reference may be requested of candidates after an initial screening.)

All application materials must be received no later than December 1, 2022. Applicants will be notified of final decisions on or about January 30, 2023.

Questions regarding the fellowship program should be directed to Paul Nedelisky, IASC Assistant Director, at the email address above.

The University of Virginia does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, military status (which includes active-duty service members, reserve service members, and dependents), national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information, in its programs and activities.


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