Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016-2018
Applications/Letters of Recommendation for either fellowship must be submitted on line by November 2, 2015
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The McNeil Center expects to appoint postdoctoral fellows in two distinct categories for terms beginning in 2015. Each fellow will enjoy 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. Within parameters described below, applications are welcome from scholars whose work focuses on any aspect of the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850. Proposals reliant on research in Philadelphia-area archives, libraries, and museums are especially welcome.
Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship
(24 months, 2016-2018)
This award is for a two-year term beginning 1 July
2016. Applicants must have earned the PhD no
earlier than 2011 in American History, American
Literature, American Studies, or a closely allied
field and must have completed all requirements for
the degree when the appointment commences.
During the term of appointment, the fellow will
teach two courses in an appropriate department
at the University of Pennsylvania. The remainder of
the fellow’s 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
proposal falling with in the Center’s area of interest
will be considered. Candidates who have received
McNeil Center funding for a related project at the
pre-doctoral stage are not eligible.The Barra
Postdoctoral Fellow will receive a starting stipend
of $43,000, health insurance, and modest funds
for travel and research.
Barra Sabbatical Fellowship
(9 months, 2016-2017)
This award is for a nine-month term beginning
1 September 2016. This fellowship is designed for a
scholar in any relevant discipline who earned the
Ph.D. no later than 2010 and who will be on leave
from a tenured or tenure-track faculty position for the
2016–2017 academic year. Proposals will be entertained for book-length projects falling with in the
Center’s area of interest at any stage of research or
writing, provided that the applicant has not previously
received McNeil Center funding for the same or a
closely related project. The fellow will have no teaching responsibilities but will be encouraged to provide
informal mentoring to more junior members of the
McNeil Center community while participating fully in
the Center’s seminars and other activities. The fellow
will receive a grant of $46,000, with no other salary
or benefits, on the assumption that additional support
will be provided by his or her home institution during
the fellow’s period in residence at the McNeil Center.
Applications for either fellowship must be submitted on line by 2 November 2015 (link above for completing the online application form).
The following items must be prepared for uploading as .pdf files: a curriculum vitae; a proposal not to exceed 1,500 words, double-spaced, describing the general scope of the project and the specific work proposed during the fellowship term; and an unpublished writing sample related to the project, not to exceed 7,500 words, double-spaced. Word count does not include footnotes.
Two confidential letters of support should be uploaded separately by the letter writers or submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ask recommenders to address the specifics of this applications. Do not send generic letters from job placement dossiers.
Questions may be directed to:
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3355 Woodland Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531
The online submission deadline applications is 2 November 2015.