Harvard University, a prestigious Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United states, is currently accepting applications for the Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship program for the 2020 to 2021 school year. The fellowship is funded through a partnership between the university’s Mahindra Humanities Center and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage the employment of humanities-related disciplines to analyze, pay witness to, document and spread awareness of pressing socioeconomic issues of our time. Specifically, the fellowship seeks to further the connections between humanities-related disciplines and the study of migration.
Individuals whose work involves textual, visual, digital, political, ethical, ecological modes and other humanities-related modes of representation and interpretation and a focus on migration are invited to apply for the fellowship. The position lasts for one year. Fellows are expected to conduct and participate in bi-weekly seminars at the university while continuing their own academic research in their areas of specialization. Other participants in the seminars will include Harvard faculty, Harvard graduate students, graduate students from other universities and guest speakers.
The Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship includes a $65,000 stipend. Fellows will also receive medical insurance and a $2,500 research support payment. Individuals who live outside the Boston area will also be given $1,500 to cover moving expenses. All fellows must reside near Harvard during the entire 12-month fellowship.
Applicants for the Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship must have received a doctoral or other terminal degree after May 2017 to qualify for the fellowship. Individuals who will have completed all of the requirements for a doctorate or other terminal degree by August 1, 2020, may also apply as long as they can provide proof of their status.
To be considered for the Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae. Applicants are also required to submit a description of a research project that they wish to conduct while in residence at Harvard. This description should summarize the goals of the research and consist of 1,000 to 3,000 words. Prospective fellows must also submit a chapter or article-length writing sample of no more than 40 pages. Finally, applicants must provide letters of recommendation from three individuals. Only three letters will be read per applicant.
Individuals who wish to apply for the Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship can apply for the position through the university website. Supporting documents can be emailed or sent via mail to the university. The online application includes three supplemental questions. Applicants must describe their dissertation and then briefly describe the research they wish to conduct at the Mahindra Humanities Center in just one to two sentences. In addition, students are asked to discuss their current institutional affiliation and to disclose any other grants or fellowships they have received over the last five years.
The deadline by which all online applications and supporting documentation must be received by the university is December 6, 2019. The university prefers that applications be submitted by November 15, 2019.
For further information, please visit the official website.