Postdoctoral Fellowships

Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014-2016

Applications/Letters of Recommendation for either fellowship must be submitted on line by November 1, 2013


THE POSTDOCTORAL APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED. Please check back in the summer of 2014 for our next application deadline.

The McNeil Center will appoint a recent recipient of the PhD as a Postdoctoral Fellow for a two-year term beginning 1 July 2014. The fellow will receive a starting stipend of at least $43,000; 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 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 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 Center’s 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 2009 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.

Barra Sabbatical Fellowship (9 Months, 2014–2015)

This award is for a nine-month term beginning 1 September 2014. 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 2014–2015 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.

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 a writing sample related to the project, not to exceed 7,500 words, double-spaced.

Two confidential letters of support should be uploaded by the recommenders or submitted by email to Please ensure that recommenders speak to the specifics of this fellowship. Do not send 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 1 November 2013.