Humanities pulls the energy of several discipline-centric humanistic
and related movements—environmental philosophy, environmental history,
ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others—into one
common conversation about the relationship between humans and non-human
nature, past and present. Intensely interdisciplinary and
methodologically diverse, practitioners of the environmental humanities
are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as
well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.
The IPRH–Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in Environmental Humanities will spend their two-year terms in residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will participate in all activities of the Mellon Environmental Humanities research group, as led by the IPRH–Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Professor Robert Morrissey. The Fellows will pursue an individual research project in an area of the environmental humanities; participate in a seminar and programs focused on the methods and challenges of interdisciplinary work in the environmental humanities; work together on a collaborative, public-facing project in the field; and work with the research group to develop the outline for an Environmental Humanities curriculum. Each fellow will be required to teach one of the courses developed in the second year of the fellowship term.
This search for Mellon Fellows is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of Environmental Humanities. Special consideration will be given to scholars whose scholarship explores themes of climate or climate change, indigenous studies, place and space, resilience, or technology.
Applicants should have received their Ph.D. in a humanities discipline within the designated time frame. Only untenured scholars who have not held the title of “assistant professor” are eligible (visiting, non-tenure-line assistant professors are eligible); lecturers with indefinite appointments that renew (rather than terminate after a fixed term) are ineligible. PhDs are the only terminal degree accepted. Please note that these are external fellowships; current full- and part-time faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as scholars who received their doctorates from the Urbana campus, are not eligible for these awards.
The IPRH–Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in Bio-Humanities will spend their two-year terms in residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will participate in all activities of the Humanities research group, as led by the IPRH–Mellon Faculty Fellow in Bio-Humanities, Professor Samantha Frost. The Fellows will participate in a seminar aimed at developing methodologies for bio-humanities research; they will have the opportunity to audit courses in the life sciences at Illinois during the term of their fellowship; and they will work with the research group to develop several bio-humanities undergraduate courses.
Post-Doctoral Fellows will be required to live within 20 miles of
Champaign-Urbana during the academic years of the appointment.
The fellowship carries a $56,650 annual stipend, a $5,000 research account, a modest moving allowance, and a comprehensive benefits package. (Foreign nationals’ benefits eligibility is contingent upon meeting a “Substantial Presence Test,” as determined by IRS rules.)
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