HOLOCAUST MUSEUM FELLOWSHIPS – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is now accepting applications for the 2016–17 Fellowship Competition, September 1–November 30, 2015.


Please vist: http://www.ushmm.org/research/competitive-academic-programs/fellowship-competition for the full call for applications and the link to the online application system. 

 

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies awards fellowships on a competitive basis to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. We welcome proposals from scholars in all academic disciplines, including but not limited to history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, and law.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIPS

The Mandel Center awards fellowships-in-residence to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Because a principal focus of the program is to ensure the development of a new generation of Holocaust scholars, we especially encourage scholars early in their careers to apply. Applicants must be affiliated with an academic and/or research institution when applying for a fellowship. We will also consider immediate post-docs and faculty between appointments. Proposals from applicants conducting research outside the discipline of history or on Mandel Center strategic priorities are especially encouraged, including literature and the Holocaust; projects utilizing the ITS collection; Jewish and especially Sephardic experiences of persecution; the Holocaust as it occurred in the Soviet Union, and the Holocaust as it occurred in North Africa.

The specific fellowship and the length of the award are at the Mandel Center’s discretion. Individual awards generally range up to eight consecutive months of residency; a minimum of three consecutive months is required. No exceptions are allowed. Fellowships of five months or longer have proven most effective.

Stipends range up to $3,500 per month for the purpose of defraying local housing and other miscellaneous living expenses and are subject to US tax law. Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area receive a reduced stipend of $1,750 per month. Awards include a stipend to offset the cost of direct travel to and from Washington, DC. Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area do not receive a travel stipend. The funds provided through this award may be subject to US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Mandel Center cannot provide individual tax advice.

The Mandel Center is able to provide visa assistance to fellows and their dependents, if necessary. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and health insurance. We do not provide support allowances for accompanying family members.

Fellowship winners will have access to flexible work space stations, computer, telephone, facsimile machine, and photocopier. We encourage cost-sharing by home institutions or other relevant organizations to extend the residency of the applicant at the Mandel Center or to make possible additional research at other institutions in the Unites States and abroad.

Fellowships may start as early as August 1, 2016 and must be completed no later than December 31, 2017

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

All applications must be submitted in English via an online application process. All applications must consist of the following:

  • An online application form (https://apply.ushmm.org/)
  • A project proposal, in PDF format, not to exceed five single-spaced pages
  • A curriculum vitae summary, in PDF format, not to exceed four single-spaced pages
  • Two signed letters of recommendation that speak to the significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out. Members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council’s Academic Committee may not write letters of recommendation.  Only two letters will be considered. Any additional letters will not be included in the applicant’s file. Letters of recommendation must be received before November 30, 2015, and come directly from the references, not from the applicant. Directions on how to submit letters of recommendation can be found within the online application form.

Successful project proposals should highlight the resources available at the Museum that scholars will need to access in order to support their research. An addendum listing these resources may be attached in addition to the five-page project proposal. Important resources may also be referenced in the body of the project proposal. To search the Museum’s holdings, visit http://collections.ushmm.org/search/.

Decisions will be announced in late April 2016.

CONTACT

Please direct inquiries to:

Jo-Ellyn Decker, Program Manager
vscholars@ushmm.org
Visiting Scholar Programs
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

PRINCETON UCHV RESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIPS – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships

The University Center for Human Values invites applications for Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships for the academic year 2016-17. Fellows devote an academic year in residence at Princeton to research and writing about topics involving human values in public and private life. The program is open to scholars in all disciplines provided their research plans qualify. In recent years fellows have been drawn from fields including philosophy, political theory, literature, history, classics, economics and law, but this list is not meant to be exhaustive.

Fellows are expected to reside in or around Princeton and to be active contributors to the intellectual life of the Center. This includes participating in a weekly seminar attended by fellows and Center faculty to discuss work in progress and in various other seminars, colloquia and lectures sponsored by the Center. Fellows enjoy access to Firestone Library and to a wide range of activities throughout the University.

Candidates should have a doctorate or equivalent professional degree and a strong record of research publications appropriate to their career stage. Typically Fellows hold faculty positions at other universities or colleges; in exceptional cases we consider applications from independent scholars when there is a high level of scholarly achievement. This is not a post-doctoral fellowship program and we do not generally consider candidates who will have held the Ph.D. for less than two years at the time of appointment.

The fellowship period extends from September 1 to July 1. Fellows normally receive stipends of up to one-half their academic-year salaries (subject to a minimum and maximum set each fall). Ordinarily their home institutions provide a portion of their salaries in addition to all benefits, although this is not a requirement for appointment.  Stipends for independent scholars will not exceed the maximum for fellows holding appointments elsewhere.

The main considerations in the evaluation of applications are the following:

  • The significance of the proposed research and its relevance to the purposes of the University Center for Human Values (see http://uchv.princeton.edu/ for more information);
  • The quality of a candidate’s previous research and the contribution the candidate is likely to make in the future through teaching and writing;
  • The likelihood that the research would benefit from being conducted in the University Center environment.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates should submit an online application at http://jobs.princeton.edu. Search for requisition number #1500457. The following materials will be required:

  1. A curriculum vitae;
  2. A scholarly paper (of no more than about 12,000 words) written in the past three years;
  3. A statement (of no more than 1,500 words) describing the proposed research project and including a brief working title for the project; and
  4. Contact information for three referees, including at least one who was not a graduate advisor.  Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

These materials should be submitted online by Monday, November 2, 2015.  We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by November 5. The selection committee begins reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage. Decisions are expected to be announced by March 1, 2016.

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.

HARVARD SAFRA CENTER FELLOWSHIPS IN RESIDENCE – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

 

Fellows-in-Residence

Call for Applications2016-17

 

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University invites applications for the Fellows-in-Residence program under the direction of Professor Danielle Allen. The program brings together a small group of Fellows to work closely over the course of the year on pressing issues in ethics. The majority of Fellows will be selected in relation to an annual theme, but in each year some “open” slots will be reserved for applicants working on any issue in ethics. In each year, the goal will be to craft a cohort in which “thematic” fellows and “open” fellows will all find valuable intellectual partnerships to support and spur their work. For the 2016-17 academic year, the theme at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics will again be Diversity, Justice, and Democracy. The purpose of this theme is to explore how to achieve fair and just forms of democratic life in conditions of significant demographic diversity.

 

More than 200 years into the modern experiment with democratic forms of rule, democratic aspirations continue to founder on the rocks of racial and ethnic hierarchies, and other patterns of domination constructed on social categorizations of difference. In the case of the U.S., African American disadvantage continues to be entrenched, fifty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 transformed the legal landscape; Latino disadvantage has also emerged as a pressing problem as has a low level of political engagement among Asian Americans. In Europe, we are witnessing the resurgence of the far-right, in response to dramatic demographic diversification, occurring simultaneously with economic instability. Civil war related to ethnic violence has devastated many African countries in recent years. India has the world’s largest affirmative action program and yet to cross caste and religious lines in marriage is to open oneself and one’s family to abuse and often murder by the locally dominant. These are just a small set of examples of the hard problems that currently define the political and ethical landscape of democracy in contexts of diversity.

 

The question of how to achieve fair and just forms of democratic life in conditions of significant demographic diversity must be tackled afresh, from the ground up. Importantly, pursuing answers to this question requires uniting normative and positive, or ethical and empirical, forms of expertise, through multi-disciplinary partnership. The ethics of diversity also intersect with important work in all of the professional schools. Conversations around this theme that unite faculty in the arts and sciences with faculty in the professional schools would be productive. And, of course, issues pertaining to the ethics of diversity constantly generate tensions for university campuses themselves. The theme should provide a context for advancing a research-based understanding of how college campuses too can do better at the ethics of diversity.

 

Residency and Requirements: The one-year fellowship term runs the course of the academic year, typically from the beginning of September through the end of May. All Fellows-in-Residence will be expected to devote the majority of their time to their individual projects and to participate in regular work-in-progress seminars. In addition, Fellows whose work intersects most directly with the annual theme will be invited to participate in the thematic components of the Center’s programming, which will consist of public lectures, conferences, and workshops.

 

Eligibility: A broad range of researchers is invited to submit proposals to become residential Fellows. Tenured and untenured faculty are invited to participate. Postdoctoral applications are encouraged, as well as proposals from researchers in industry, government, or NGOs seeking sabbatical time to pursue research directly relevant to ethical issues. Applicants from any discipline or professional field will be considered. Each applicant should propose an individual research and/or writing project. Applicants must have a PhD, professional degree, or equivalent professional experience. The Fellowships are open to all regardless of citizenship.

 

How to Apply

  1. Submit the following as a single PDF file via email to applications@ethics.harvard.edu:

 

– Letter describing the intersection of your work with the theme and/or with issues in ethics generally (approximately 500 words)

– Curriculum Vitae

– Research Proposal for the project you would undertake (approximately 1,000 words)

– Scholarly paper (in English), preferably written or published within the past two years

– The names of two references, which can be entered in the online form below.

 

In addition to the above materials, please complete and submit this online form.

 

Deadline: The deadline date for receipt of applications for projects beginning September 2016 is December 1, 2015.

 

Stipend: Post-doctoral fellows will be paid according to a salary structure that is based on number of years of postdoctoral experience ranging from $42,000 to $53,000. Faculty members who will spend their sabbatical year at the Center will be eligible to receive up to one-half of their academic year salary (not exceeding a maximum stipend set each fall) for the fellowship period. Their home institution is expected to provide at least half the salary, plus all benefits. The maximum for the 2016-17 year is $75,000. Overseas fellows and those not on an academic track are eligible for stipends depending on circumstance.