Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2013

Application deadline: 1 November 2010.

The McNeil Center will appoint a recent recipient of the PhD as a Postdoctoral Fellow for a two-year term beginning 1 July 2011. The fellow will receive a starting stipend of at least $41,000; health insurance; private office space in the Center's building at the northeastern gateway to the University of Pennsylvania's historic campus; library, computer, and other privileges at the university; and access to the Philadelphia area's magnificent manuscript, rare book and museum collections. Modest funds for travel and research are available. During the two-year term of appointment, the fellow will teach two courses in an appropriate department at the University of Pennsylvania. All McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence during the academic year and to participate in the Center's program of seminars and other activities.

The remainder of the fellowís time will be devoted to research and writing. While this fellowship is particularly appropriate for projects designed to turn a doctoral dissertation into a publishable monograph, any project dealing with the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850 will be considered. Proposals dependent on the use of Philadelphia-area archives and libraries are particularly welcome. During or after the term of appointment, the fellow may submit his or her manuscript for consideration by the Centerís Early American Studies series, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, but will be under no obligation to do so.

Applicants must have earned the PhD no earlier than 2006 in American History, American Literature, American Studies, or a closely allied field and must have completed all requirements for the degree when the term of appointment commences. Candidates who have received  McNeil Center funding for a related project at the pre-doctoral stage will not be considered.

How to apply

Please submit six copies of the following (double-sided reproductions are appreciated):
  • a cover sheet (click here);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a research proposal of 3-5 double-spaced pages; and
  • a sample of work related to the project not to exceed 30 double-spaced pages (Except for published articles, longer submissions will be discarded.)
  • At least two letters of recommendation should be mailed separately or with the recommenderís signature across the seal.

    Submit all materials to:

    McNeil Center for Early American Studies
    University of Pennsylvania
    3355 Woodland Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531

    The postmark deadline applications is 1 November 2010.

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