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Call for Applications for the 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women's and Gender Studies

2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women's and Gender Studies

The School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University are pleased to announce a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Women's and Gender Studies, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 each year as well as an annual research allocation of $2,000 and Rutgers University health benefits.  The fellow will pursue research and teach three courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department during the two-year term of her/his appointment. The fellow also will participate in seminars and other activities organized by the IRW.

Women’s and Gender Studies has a rich history at Rutgers University. Inaugurated as a department in 2001, Women’s and Gender Studies has grown from offering a few courses at the University in 1973 to becoming one of the strongest interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs in the United States. Department faculty include 30 core, 117 graduate, and 75 affiliate members whose expertise in Women’s and Gender Studies is enriched by specializations in the Arts, Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, and Comparative Literatures in English, French, and Spanish.

The IRW’s seminar, organized around an annual theme, brings together faculty and advanced graduate students to discuss works-in-progress from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. The IRW also hosts a Distinguished Lecture Series, which invites well-known scholars working on women, gender, and sexuality to come to Rutgers to share their research with our faculty and students throughout the year, and offers professional development workshops and mentoring opportunities, such as the Negotiating Basics Workshop. For more information on these programs, please see:

The broad interdisciplinary nature of both the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the IRW will allow the selected fellow to become fully integrated into the life of the university. Rutgers is an institution with a deep commitment to scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality.  Both the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the IRW are part of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), a consortium of nine different Rutgers units focused on women and gender, constituting the most extensive collection of resources on these issues at a university in the United States. Rutgers, therefore, is a unique and stimulating environment in which

The search committee encourages candidates to apply whose research areas are in related fields: new media, arts and technology; feminist visual culture; trans studies, sexuality and the history of the body; carcerality and gender; and gender and poverty studies, but welcomes applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with Women’s and Gender Studies and with the IRW.

Candidates must have received the Ph.D. after August 31, 2009; applicants must have finished all requirements for the Ph.D. by July 1, 2014.

Applications consisting of a CV, a 2500-word statement and 3 letters of recommendation, should be submitted electronically through Interfolio. Applications must be received by January 6, 2014.

The statement should address the following: (1) the significance of the candidate's research and the specific project that will be developed during the two-year fellowship, (2) a brief description of some of the courses the candidate could offer, and (3) how and why Women Studies and the IRW at Rutgers can advance the candidate's areas of research.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


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