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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Participating departments in the School of Arts & Sciences at UVA (see below) welcome applications from scholars for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.

Applicants must have a terminal degree (PhD, or, where appropriate, an MFA). Candidates who received (or will receive) their terminal degree between August 24, 2020 and August 24, 2024 are eligible to apply.

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. 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE AND INSTRUCTIONS

The application portal will go live on Nov. 2, 2023. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024. 

In addition to submitting basic application information in Workday, applicants must complete an application on the portal (see sidebar) where they will submit the following:  

  • Cover Letter 
  • Resume 
  • Research and Teaching Statement 
  • Writing Sample 
  • Contact Information for 3 Letters of Reference

For full consideration, both applications must be completed by the deadline. 

 


See below for more information on participating departments and their expectations.

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Anthropology

Review of Applications will begin on January 15, 2024

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

Medical Anthropology, Health, and the Environment

As part of the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Mellon Foundation, the UVa Department of Anthropology hopes to provide a departmental home to a Postdoctoral Fellow to enhance growing strengths in Medical and Environmental Anthropology. We seek a rising scholar who will have received their Ph.D. between August 24, 2020, and August 24, 2024. To access the application portal, please follow the link above.

In alignment with the Rising Scholars Program's goals, we encourage applications from scholars specializing in place-based ethnographic research, who will enhance our curricular offerings and contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives across the College of Arts & Sciences. We are interested in nominating a fellow whose work considers long-term and comparative dimensions of health and the environment. This position reflects our commitment to an ongoing reexamination of Anthropology, its fraught colonial legacies, and its potential for grounded theory and collaborative research.

We welcome all applicants working at the intersections of health and the environments, including but not limited to those whose work:

  • Focuses on confluences of health and the environment.
  • Is based on long-term relationships with the communities in which they work.
  • Enhances distinctive faculty expertise around ethics and care, broadly construed.
  • Tends to situational interactions of indigeneity, race, diaspora, and migration.
  • Involves collaborations with community-based initiatives and/or justice-based social movements related to environmental care, survivance, community flourishing, foodways, and vernacular pathways to health and well-being.
  • Explores the politics of science, technology, and knowledge sovereignty, and the law, and

Please contact James Igoe, Department Chair, with any questions – [email protected]

 

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Art

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

The University of Virginia Department of Art and the Lindner Center for Art History hope to provide a departmental home to at least one Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in the arts of the Americas. The Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellows are funded by a University-wide Race, Place and Equity grant from the Mellon Foundation and UVA matching funds to advance research, creative practice, and teaching related to race, justice, and equity (RJE). With the aim of building professional research networks and community, Fellows are encouraged to engage and interact with one (or more) of UVA’s many research centers and networks while in residence at the University.

We are open to diverse research questions, historical periods, geographies, methods, and media foregrounding race, justice, and equity in the arts of the Americas. We especially welcome scholars focused on African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, or Black diaspora arts; Native American or hemispheric Indigenous arts; and/or community engagement and cross-cultural solidarities. This two-year fellowship is offered under the auspices of the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which recruits postdoctoral scholars who have the potential to assume tenure-track faculty positions at UVa following their fellowship.

The Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellow will join a faculty of fifteen Art Historians and fourteen Studio Artists who are committed to undergraduate education. In addition, the Fellow will contribute to the PhD Program in Art and Architectural History, which includes an additional five faculty from the Architecture School. The UVA Department of Art also encourages collaboration with curatorial teams at the Fralin Museum of Art and The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.

Please contact Douglas Fordham, Chair of the Department of Art, with questions: [email protected]

Application deadline: January 15, 2024
 

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American Studies

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

DEPARTMENT OF AMERICAN STUDIES 

In consort with the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Foundation, the UVA Department of American Studies hopes to provide a departmental home to a Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies. Eligible rising scholar candidates have received (or will receive) their Ph.D. degree between August 24, 2021 and August 24, 2024. We will consider all qualified applications whose scholarship advances American Studies. We welcome antiracist, feminist, queer, transnational, postcolonial, and decolonial theoretical perspectives on any topic. For example, approaches to scholarship may include, but are not limited to: carceral studies; race and the environment; disability justice; place-making; and/or rural studies. We see this 2-year postdoctoral fellowship as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ mission to further our understanding of the legacies of racial inequity and to enhance the career trajectory of an underrepresented scholar whose work focuses on interdisciplinary inquiry into questions related to the Race, Justice and Equity. 

For more information on the Rising Scholars Program, including how to apply visit the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship ProgramWe will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2024. Apply through the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and choose American Studies when prompted.  

For questions please contact: Penny Von Eschen ([email protected])  

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Drama

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

The Department of Drama welcomes applications to the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellows Program.  The department particularly invites post-degree scholars or creative artists working in dramaturgy or performance for social change, whose work engages issues of race, justice, and equity in theatre, performance, or dance.

Fellows will join a liberal-arts department encompassing a range of teaching opportunities as well as research and creative specialties.

For questions please contact Richard Will ([email protected]) or Katelyn Hale Wood ([email protected])

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Global Studies

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

The University of Virginia's pan-university program in Global Studies invites Rising Scholar applications. Global Studies is a dynamic, interdisciplinary undergraduate program with concentrations in development, public health, security and justice, environments and sustainability, and commerce. We seek applicants from all disciplines whose research engages topics such as: human rights and peace and conflict studies; sustainable development; political economy; climate change and environmental justice; immigration, forced migration, and refugees; race, gender, indigeneity and social justice.

More information about the program and our faculty may be found here.

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History

See above for the school-wide call for applications. You can find more information about the History Department here: https://history.virginia.edu/

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Media Studies

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

As part of the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Mellon Foundation, the UVa Department of Media Studies hopes to provide a departmental home to a Postdoctoral Fellow working in critical media studies.  The Department has strengths in digital media, audience research, history of media, screen studies, media law, media and adolescents, television studies, media policy, privacy and media, social media, sexuality and media, and political communication. The program funds scholars focusing on race and ethnicity issues in the U.S. We seek a rising scholar who will have received their Ph.D. between August 24, 2020, and August 24, 2024. To access the application portal, please follow the link above. 

In alignment with the Rising Scholars Program's goals, we encourage applications from scholars specializing in African-American and Native-American media studies, who will enhance our curricular offerings and contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives across the College of Arts & Sciences.  

Please contact Andrea Press, Department Chair, with any questions – [email protected] 

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Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

World Literature Vantage on Race, Indigeneity, and Identity in the U.S.

MESALC invites applications for a Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship in World Literature that would be housed in the UVA department devoted to the languages, literatures, and cultures of South Asia and the Middle East. We seek a cutting-edge scholar of literature, cinema, or popular culture, whose research embeds literary analysis in its cultural and political context, especially as it relates to evolving structures of racialized difference in the world. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research looks at writers connected to our regions (the Middle East and South Asia, broadly construed) whose literary productions engage with the experience of transnationalism, diaspora, and boundary-crossing travel in, to, or from the United States and thereby provide a novel vantage from which to understand and critique the racialized phenomena of identity and hierarchy in the U.S.

The successful applicant would join existing MESALC faculty with expertise and ongoing research interests in the modern and classical literatures of Urdu, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian, minor literatures of these regions, the transnational circulation of cinematic imagery, and transnational and diasporic literatures in various linguistic and spatial contexts.

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Music

See above for the school-wide call for applications. You can find more information about the Music Department here: https://music.virginia.edu/ 

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Philosophy

See above for the school-wide call for applications. You can find more information about the Philosophy Department here: https://philosophy.virginia.edu/

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Politics

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

The Department of Politics is open to receiving applications with respect to topic and subfield within political science or public policy. While the postdoctoral fellows will have a primary departmental home, they are welcome to develop another extradepartmental affiliation, if appropriate. We encourage applications from a broad range of perspectives and methodologies.

Possible areas of study might include:

  • Race, policing, and the carceral state
  • Identity and/or the political psychology of race and ethnicity
  • Legacies of slavery, segregation, and political development
  • Indigenous politics in the United States or in a comparative perspective
  • Race and political mobilization or representation
  • Comparative or transnational examinations of the African diaspora
  • Black political thought, Black feminist thought
  • Race, political institutions, and policymaking 
  • Ethnic or racial dimensions of military conflict
  • Race and U.S. foreign policy
  • Xenophobia and ethnocentrism in public opinion, either in the United States or elsewhere
  • Race and democratic institutions in emerging democracies
  • Imperialism and its legacies
  • Race in international relations theory

We encourage applications from any scholars focusing on the politics of race and ethnicity broadly construed. Please contact Jennifer Lawless, Department Chair, with any questions. [email protected]

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Religious Studies

See above for the school-wide call for applications.

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Sociology

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024.

In conjunction with the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Foundation, the UVA Department of Sociology welcomes applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Race and Society. Scholars who received (or will receive) their Ph.D. degree between August 24, 2021 and August 24, 2024 are eligible to apply. 

Race and racialization are anchoring and enduring concerns within Sociology. We welcome applications from sociologists specializing in the sociology of race, as well as from sociologists whose work exemplifies the transformation of many sociological subfields vis-à-vis the study of race and racism.  Scholars whose work centers the Black experience in the United States, including from a historical, regional, and global perspective, are encouraged to apply.

Consistent with the College of Arts and Sciences’ commitment to advancing Race, Justice and Equity, we understand this postdoctoral fellowship as an opportunity to enhance the career trajectory of a scholar whose work advances our understanding of Race and Society, and whose research and teaching contributes to the vibrant intellectual community that is UVa Sociology. Underrepresented scholars are encouraged to apply. 

An online application and further information are available here. Please contact Simone Polillo, Department Chair, with any questions: [email protected]  

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Women, Gender and Sexuality

RISING SCHOLAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 

Review of applications will begin January 16, 2024.

In conjunction with the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Foundation, the UVA Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality welcomes applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in race, justice, and equity.  While we are open to all applicants who study gender and sexuality in the context of race, justice and equity, we are especially interested in scholars of Black and Indigenous Studies, particularly those who also work in Trans Studies and/or use approaches of comparative racialization (e.g., Afro-Asia, Latinx-Indigenous relations). Scholars who received (or will receive) their Ph.D. degree between August 24, 2021 and August 24, 2024 are eligible to apply.

This two-year postdoctoral fellowship holds the possibility of converting to a tenure-track job in Women, Gender and Sexuality after the fellowship is completed.  Consistent with the College of Arts and Sciences’ commitment to advancing Race, Justice and Equity, we understand this postdoctoral fellowship as an opportunity to enhance the career trajectory of a scholar whose work advances our understanding of race, justice and equity, and whose research and teaching contributes to our vibrant intellectual community. Underrepresented scholars are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality was founded 44 years ago with a uniquely global emphasis. The unit became a department in 2017. It enjoys a warm and vibrant culture of excellence and collegiality. It has the highest proportion of faculty who have won all-University teaching awards of any unit at UVa, and faces significant student demand for courses in topics beyond the US.

An online application and further information are available here: choose Women, Gender and Sexuality when prompted.  Please contact Allison Pugh, Department Chair, with any questions: [email protected].