Fellowships & Grants: October 21, 2013

The Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Department of Religious Diversity in Göttingen is offering Ph.D. Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships. The Ph.D. fellowships are for 3-4 years. The dissertation will be defended at Utrecht University. The postdoctoral fellowships are for one or two years. The research will be done in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in China at Minzu University in Beijing. The projects have to be on the following topics: Study of the relations between Yi and Miao in Sichuan, Yunnan, and Vietnam; Study of the effects on ethnic minorities of the opening up of S.W. China to S.E. Asia; Social networks beyond ethnicity in China: Case study of the classmates and alumni of Minzu. Requirements:For Postdoc: Ph.D. in Social /Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Political Science or other related disciplines of the Social Sciences or Humanities. Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese is expected. For Ph.D. candidates: MA in Social /Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Political Science or other related disciplines of the Social Sciences or Humanities. Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese is expected. Applications should include a cover letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a proposed research statement of 1000 words for the period of the fellowship, a list of publications if any, and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Please also send an electronic copy of the PhD-/ master's thesis or sample chapters. These will of course be treated confidentially. Deadline for applications: 1 December 2013 Applications should be sent in electronic form to vdvOffice@mmg.mpg.de , and for further information please contact Professor Peter van der Veer, Director of the Department, at vdvOffice@mmg.mpg.de.

University of Southern California is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 cohort of USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars in the Humanities.  The University of Southern California (USC) Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities is a key element in USC’s distinctive contribution to scholarship and academic excellence in the realm of the humanities. Postdoctoral Scholars are appointed for two years, and begin in August of the academic year to which candidates are appointed.  Provost’s scholars will teach three courses over four semesters, with one semester free for full-time research. The salary for Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars is $50,000 per year plus fringe benefits, with a research and travel account of $6,000 per year. To apply, please visit: https://postdocs.usc.edu/apply/.

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for two $1,500 grants to support research in the librarys Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. Holders of a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible
to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the
doctorate except the dissertation. The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred. University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply. More information can be found on the Prange Collection website: http://www.lib.umd.edu/prange/research-awards/research-awards. The application deadline is November 15, 2013. The grant must be used by October 31, 2014.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is seeking proposals from outstanding 
national and international mid-career researchers, across all research disciplines. The Future Fellowships scheme aims to attract and retain the world's best and rightest mid-career researchers, who can increase Australia's research capacity and build collaboration across institutions, industry and/or research disciplines. From 1 July 2014, the ARC will award up to 150 four-year full-time fellowships at three salary levels: $111,739, $135,264 and $158,787 (in Australian dollars) plus additional on-costs of 28 per cent. The ARC will also provide up to $50,000 of non-salary funding per year which may be used for infrastructure, equipment, travel and relocation costs directly related to the research. Future Fellowships must be applied through and held at an eligible Australian research organisation. Proposals from researchers working in areas of national priority and targeted priorities across all disciplines that will result in economic, environmental,social, health and/or cultural benefits for Australia are encouraged. For further information, documentation and key dates regarding the Future Fellowships Scheme visit http://www.arc.gov.au or email ARC-FutureFellowships@arc.gov.au.

Applications are invited for a one-year, non-teaching postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University beginning Fall 2014.  The postdoctoral fellow will play an active role in the year-long John E. Sawyer Seminar titled "Critical Silk Road Studies,"  funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by Georgetown faculty members James Millward (Department of History, School of Foreign Service) and Michelle C. Wang (Department of Art and Art History).  Applicants whose scholarly work addresses any of the geographical regions covered by the Silk Road, from ancient to contemporary, and represents any discipline in the humanities or social sciences are encouraged to apply.  The fellow will be expected to attend all sessions of the Sawyer Seminar and to be an active participant in the Sawyer Seminar and University community.  Additionally, the fellow is expected to pursue an active research agenda by making use of the resources of Georgetown University and the greater Washington, DC area. For further information about the seminar, please visit silkroadseminar.georgetown.edu. Junior faculty and recent Ph.D. recipients are eligible to apply for the fellowship.  Advanced graduate students with the Ph.D. in hand at the beginning of the fellowship will also be considered.  The position offers an annual salary of $50,000 with benefits and office space.  Applications consisting of a cover letter addressing research areas and interest in the Silk Road, CV, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation should be submitted through the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/3277. Faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will not be accepted.  Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to Nicholas Starvaggi at nhs22@georgetown.edu. Questions regarding the postdoctoral position should be directed to Yelizaveta Raykhlina at silkroadseminar@georgetown.edu.  The deadline for applications is December 31, 2013, and the successful applicant will be notified by mid-April 2014.

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2014 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages. The CLS Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. The application is available online at www.clscholarship.org. Applications will be due November 15, 2013 by 8:00 pm EST. Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program 
website (http://www.clscholarship.org/applicants). Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can also be found on the website.

The Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language instruction, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research. Following the addition of Japanese literature and Japanese culture, two institutions have been added to the list of receiving organizations.
-International Research Center for Japanese Studies (NEW)
-National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
-Kyoto University (NEW)
-Ochanomizu University
-Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
-Waseda University
For more information visit (Japanese website) http://www.hakuhodo.co.jp/foundation/program/index.html, or (English website)