Monday, April 5, 2010

Post-Docs in Humanities and Social Sciences at Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences Announces a New
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for 2011

For the first time, the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and
Sciences is offering up to eight postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities
and social sciences to begin in January 2011. These inaugural fellowships
are designed to attract excellent scholars from outside the University of
Pittsburgh and to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial
support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their

The Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships are for one year and are
renewable for an additional year. Fellows will teach two courses per year,
complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual
community of the School of Arts and Sciences and the department or program
with which they are affiliated. The fellowship offers junior scholars the
time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant
scholarship early in their careers. The annual stipend will be $45,000.
Fellows will receive an annual research fund of $3,500 and a one-time
reimbursement of up to $1,500 for moving expenses.

We invite applications from qualified candidates in the humanities and
social sciences who have received the PhD from outside of the University of
Pittsburgh between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2010. Applicants who
do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must provide a
letter from the Department Chair or the Advisor stating that the PhD degree
will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins.

Postdoctoral education is an important facet of research and scholarship at
the University of Pittsburgh, and the University has developed a
comprehensive set of guidelines for postdoctoral fellows and the faculty,
departments, and programs who work with them.

Application Requirements and Procedure
Applicants should submit the following materials:
1. An application form (available at
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Detailed statement of current research interests (1,000 words) that
clearly outlines the goals of the research you will undertake during the
term of the fellowship.
4. One writing sample no longer than 20 pages.
5. A copy of the Dissertation Table of Contents
6. A two-page statement of teaching interests and one or two course
proposals (subject area, brief syllabus, proposed methods) for a 15-week
course directed towards advanced undergraduates or graduate students.
7. Three letters of recommendation. (NOTE: Letter writers should e-mail
their recommendations directly to, using the
applicant’s name and the word, “Postdoc Recommendation” in the e-mail
subject line.)
Application Deadline and Notification of Awards
All application materials—including letters of recommendation—must be
submitted electronically before June 1, 2010. Only fully completed formal
applications will be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure that
all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of
recommendation to by the closing date. Awards will be
announced in July 2010.
The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer and educator. Women, minorities, and international candidates are
especially encouraged to apply.

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