Cornell University, Society for the Humanities

Program ID:Cornell-Society for the Humanities-HSP_POSTDOC [#15819, WDR-00022087]
Program Title: Humanities Scholars Program Postdoctoral Fellows
Program Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Humanities
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Appl Deadline:2020/02/16 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/01/07, finished 2020/04/09)

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by December 8, 2021, or before their start date if after December 8.

Call for Applications (Cornell PhD candidates and recent PhDs) 

The Humanities Scholars Program, an undergraduate research initiative in Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences, invites applications from Cornell PhD candidates and recent PhDs for one-year postdoctoral fellowship positions beginning August 1, 2020. The fellowship offers a stipend of $58,000. Two Postdoctoral Fellows will be appointed. 

The Humanities Scholars program seeks scholars who have completed a PhD in any discipline, including the humanities, interpretive social sciences, and the creative arts; we also welcome scholars who conduct interdisciplinary research that transcends traditional disciplines. All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience performing scholarly research. 

The Postdoctoral Fellows will be selected based on their research’s promise for cultivating interdisciplinary exchange, nurturing collaboration across academic disciplines, and building upon existing disciplinary contributions to the humanities, broadly conceived. We seek candidates who are eager to develop their skills in undergraduate pedagogy, focusing in particular on guiding and mentoring undergraduates through the process of developing and researching humanistic questions. 

We anticipate that the Postdoctoral Fellows will teach one course per year. As well, they will organize and support a regular schedule of events such as peer-to-peer workshopping of work-in-progress, workshops in oral presentation skills, careers in humanities, and other professional training, and regular coffee hours, lunches, and informal gatherings with faculty and graduate students. The successful candidate will work closely with the director and program manager to develop a schedule of events to integrate the Humanities Scholar Program students with events occurring across campus in the humanities. 

Eligibility Requirements 

Applicants eligible for the Humanities Scholars Program Postdoctoral Fellowships for the 2020-21 academic year include scholars holding PhDs from Cornell and Cornell PhD candidates who complete(d) the PhD degree between January 1, 2018 and July 31, 2020. Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair stating that all degree requirements for the PhD will be completed by July 31, 2020. Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible, and they may propose research projects in any discipline. International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility. 

Application Procedures

The following application materials must be submitted via Academic Jobs Online position #15819 by February 16, 2020
  1. Cover page (generated via your AJO account): 
    • Full name and netID
    • Date (or expected date) of PhD 
    • Department or field
    • Referees’ names and emails 
  2. Curriculum vitae 
  3. Cover letter that details the candidate’s interest in the Humanities Scholars Program and why their experience makes them an appropriate candidate [2000 words max] 
  4. Syllabi from courses taught 
  5. Teaching statement that emphasizes different ways of teaching in the humanities [1000 words max]  
  6. Diversity statement [1000 words max] 
  7. One writing sample [30 pages max] 
  8. Letter of degree conferral if PhD not yet completed  
  9. Sent separately: Two letters of recommendation. Please ask referees to upload their letters directly through the link provided by Academic Jobs Online. Letters must be received on or before February 16, 2020. 

Awards will be announced by the end of March. 


Contact Julie McLean at  

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The Humanities Scholars Program fosters independent, interdisciplinary undergraduate research in the humanities, and provides a supportive community, through a series of curated courses, structured mentorship, special programming, and research opportunities and funding. Now in its pilot year, the Humanities Scholars Program will soon be accepting applications from current sophomores. Faculty director Durba Ghosh, professor of history at Cornell University, will lead the inaugural cohort of juniors in Fall 2020. 

The Society for the Humanities was established at Cornell University in 1966 to support research and teaching in the humanities. It is intended to be at once a research institute, a stimulus to educational innovation, and a continuing society of scholars. The Society and its Fellows have fostered path-breaking interdisciplinary dialogue and theoretical reflection on the humanities at large. Humanities Scholars Program Postdoctoral Fellows will share an office in the A.D. White House, which also houses Society Fellows. HSP postdocs are invited to attend all of the Society’s events and participate in the Society’s weekly Fellows seminar and luncheon.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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Further Info:
Society for the Humanities
Cornell University
27 East Ave.
Ithaca, NY 14853

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