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Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship

The College of Arts and Sciences of Cornell University is pleased to announce the availability of postdoctoral diversity fellowships in the humanities and culturally oriented social sciences.

The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Cornell diversity fellowships are designed to support the early development of scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers and who are from sectors of the population historically underrepresented on the professorial faculties of colleges and universities in the United States. Eligible applicants might be from underrepresented minority groups, have faced economic hardship, be first-generation college graduates, or work on topics related to these areas. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Applications should include a brief statement of the grounds of eligibility.

Those who expect to complete their Ph.D.'s in 2013-14 may apply for two-year postdoctoral fellowships. There is no teaching associated with the doctoral completion fellowship year. Postdoctoral fellows teach one course per year, above the entry level, in fields related to their research.

All fellows will also attend a weekly research seminar, in which they will be joined by postdocs continuing from the previous year and an annually changing group of Cornell faculty who have similar scholarly interests. The topic of the seminar will shift each year to accord with the research agendas of its participants.

The topic for 2014-15 will be "Lived Worlds and Possible Futures." Social experience and political histories of difference also negotiate imaginative processes - in philosophical, aesthetic, cosmological, quotidian, experimental, affective, and analytical terms. The seminar will explore interdisciplinary approaches to understanding multifaceted relationships between lived worlds and possible futures, including possible futures of the concept of diversity itself. Candidates working on any historical period, geographic region, or cultural archive are encouraged to apply.

The seminar's main purpose is to help each fellow identify and begin work on a second major project. In accord with these goals, funding will be available for conferences and for assistance with the publication costs of edited volumes containing the work of seminar members and perhaps co-edited by some of the fellows.

Fellows are required to be in residence each semester. In order to receive postdoctoral fellowships, they must show proof of completion of the Ph.D., in the form of a letter from the granting institution's Registrar or a copy of the diploma, prior to the beginning of the Fall term of the first year of the postdoc.

Application Procedures: All applications must be submitted electronically only and should include a cover letter discussing both research and teaching, a curriculum vitae, a dissertation abstract, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to: The deadline for receipt of applications is November 8, 2013.

Other inquiries can be made via e-mail to:

Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator.

Updated 11/01/2013