Fellowships & Grants: December 16, 2013

The Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin announces its 2014-15 theme, "Capital and Commodities." For the Institute’s 2014–15 program, we invite proposals for research into the history of capital and commodities.  The co-development of financial and ecological crises, the global proliferation of mass consumerism, and ongoing social and military conflicts over access to natural resources suggest the critical importance of historicizing the study of capital and commodities.  Indeed, over the last several decades, historians have compiled an impressive body of work on the history of commodities and their production, circulation, uses, and cultural significance. Research into commodity chains has forced historians to consider questions of social identity formation and has invigorated analysis of systems of communication and representation.  Historical studies have also revealed the impact of commodity production and consumption on natural landscapes and sociopolitical formations.  Recent globalized economic crises have further helped focus scholarly attention on how commodity exchange and capital creation involve the conjunctural dimensions of history:  credit booms and debt crises, cycles of inflation and deflation, economic growth (and its intellectual constructions) and limits to growth.   In this vein, the Institute encourages analytical approaches that underscore the sociocultural, political, environmental and intellectual underpinnings of the history of capital and commodities.  We especially welcome proposals that encompass broad timespans (including the medieval and early modern periods) and that reach across geographic areas and disciplinary boundaries. Read more at: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/news/7106. The IHS invites applications for resident fellows at all ranks. Deadline: January 15, 2014 (12:00 midnight CST). For more information about the institute's fellowship and application process, please visit: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/fellowships/resident-fellows.php.  For further information on IHS, including events programming and applications for residential fellowships for 2013-14, please visit the IHS website: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/.

Funding opportunities in East Asian Studies at Manchester University AHRC, ESRC and Manchester University Funding. The subject area of East Asian Studies at The University of Manchester is pleased to invite applications for PhD studentships through its membership in AHRC and ESRC consortia, as well as through funding in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. We welcome applications from outstanding candidates for 2014–15 entry in the following areas of PhD research: Chinese Studies; Japanese Studies; East Asian Studies. General information about the PhD programme in East Asian Studies and research interests is available from: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/researchdegrees/researchdegrees/bysubject/?index=ES. For how to apply to the PhD programme online, see: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/.

The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, which operates under the auspices of International Security Studies, awards one or more Henry Chauncey Jr. '57 Postdoctoral Fellowships each spring.  These fellowships begin each September with a term of one academic year. Fellows must be in residence at Yale, and must have successfully defended their doctoral dissertation before the appointment begins. The Program welcomes applications from both mid-career and junior scholars. For more information go to: http://iss.yale.edu/fellowships. The deadline for receipt of application materials is the first Friday of April.  Finalists may be asked to visit Yale for an on-campus interview, or to participate in a telephone interview. Contact: http://iss.yale.edu/fellowships.

International Security Studies at Yale (ISS) awards up to two Smith Richardson Predoctoral Fellowships each spring.  These fellowships begin each September with a term of one academic year. Fellows must be in residence in New Haven or its environs during their fellowship year.  Eligible candidates will have completed the archival research for their doctoral dissertation, and winners will be expected to use the award to make substantial progress in writing their dissertation. Applications from non-U.S. citizens are welcome, but successful applicants bear final responsibility for all immigration-related issues. More information can be found at http://iss.yale.edu/fellowships. Contact: http://iss.yale.edu/fellowships.

The Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships for the Academic Year 2014.  The successful candidates will be appointed as CLASS Postdoctoral Fellows and affiliated with one or more than one of the constituent schools of the Collegen amely, School of Art, Design, and Media, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. Applications are welcome for the following research themes: 1.Global Cities; 2.Health, Culture and Society; 3.Interdisciplinary Humanities. For more information on the themes, please refer to: http://cohass.ntu.edu.sg/Research/Pages/PostdoctoralFellowships2014.aspx.

Professor Andrew Kipnis of The Australian National University is recruiting two PhD students to work with him on projects involving ethnographic research in China.  One student will examine relationships between a factory and the local government in a prefectural level city in Hebei province while a second will examine the commercialization of ritual in the city of Jinan.  The projects will provide a PhD student stipend at the ARC rate (currently A$27,652 per annum), tax free, paid in fortnightly instalments, plus provide funding for the fieldwork.  The scholarships will be funded for three years in the first instance, subject to satisfactory progress. To be eligible, students must hold a bachelor degree with a result of at least an upper second-class honours, or equivalent, or a Masters degree with a significant research thesis that has received a good result.  In the American system, "equivalence" would be constituted by a four-year undergraduate degree with very good marks that also included an Honour's thesis or independent study project, 10,000 words or more in length, with the thesis itself having received a very good mark, or a Master's degree which involved writing a thesis of at least a similar length which received a very good mark.  In addition, applicants should have a level of Chinese language ability that is good enough to conduct research in China and to have written a paper of at least 10,000 words in English (for applicants who did their degrees at universities where English is not the medium of instruction, who will also need to have taken the IELTS and received an overall result of 6.5 of higher).  A strong background in sociocultural anthropology, sociology, political science, or Asian Studies is desirable.  Though preference will be given to citizens of Australia or New Zealand, interested international students are encouraged to apply.  The application deadline will be January 31, 2014 with the selected students to take up the scholarship as soon as possible, but no later than December 15, 2014. For more information on the projects themselves, the application procedures, or PhDs at The Australian National University, please contact Andrew Kipnis at andrew.kipnis@anu.edu.au.

The Program in Asian Studies, Bates College, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellow for pedagogical innovation and curricular renewal in the humanities funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The postdoctoral fellowship begins August 1, 2014 and concludes July 31, 2016.  Candidates must complete the Ph.D. by September 1, 2014, and should be no more than three years beyond receipt of their doctorate.  This is a fulltime lecturer position with salary and benefits competitive at the assistant professor level.  The postdoctoral fellow will teach three courses in 2014-2015 (one course each semester and one course in Bates’s five-week short term [April-May]), and two courses (one each semester) in 2015-2016. The postdoctoral fellowship provides a reduced teaching load in order to support innovation in teaching and research.  The area of specialization (China or Japan) is open, but we particularly welcome applicants whose research examines culture broadly defined (including, for example, media, film, and cultural studies, anthropological approaches, etc.), and that crosses national boundaries.   Candidates are expected to have some familiarity with either Chinese or Japanese.    The teaching of one or two classes in either one of these languages (as part of the total of five courses) is a possibility, depending on the candidate’s expertise and experience. The program seeks candidates committed to effective teaching and interested in exploring innovative approaches to East Asian Studies in the liberal arts college setting. This interest may take any of a number of forms, including, but not limited to the following: creative uses of digital technologies and on-line resources in the humanities and social sciences; new strategies for fostering student engagement and interaction; creative ways of structuring assignments and the use of classroom time; possibilities for connecting student learning to wider local and global communities; exploration of the interdisciplinary nature of the study of East Asian cultures; and new ways of combining language and culture learning in the classroom. The Asian Studies Program and the college appreciate the importance of ongoing professional research; the successful candidate will possess a demonstrated record of excellence in both teaching and scholarship. The Mellon half-time teaching load provides release time to help balance research and teaching.  Limited travel funds for conference attendance and presentation are available. Fellows are also eligible to compete for faculty development grants, which can be used for a variety of research expenses such as the purchase of books or materials or travel to conferences, meetings, and archives.  Bates is a highly selective liberal arts college and will provide an excellent climate for professional development and scholarship. Consideration of candidates will begin January 20, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should initially submit the following documents electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480, at academicservices@bates.edu: (1) a cover letter highlighting pedagogical vision and practice along with likely course offerings and research interests; (2) a c.v., (including the names of two or more potential references); (3) a sample syllabus of a class they have taught or would like to teach.   Candidates selected for further consideration will then be asked to submit further documentation, such as a graduate school transcript, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, etc.  They should be prepared to do so promptly. Please include your last name and R2137 in the subject line of all submissions. For more information about the college, please visit the Bates website: www.bates.edu.