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Postdoctoral Fellowship in African and African-American Studies - Deadline Feb 1, 2015

  • January 06, 2015 9:36 PM
    Message # 3182584
    Deandra Taylor (Administrator)

    The African and African American Studies (AFAS) program at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications from recent Ph.D. graduates in the humanities and social sciences for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, with the option to apply for a second-year renewal. The fellowship is intended to assist junior scholars whose research focuses on topics related to Africa, African Americans, and/or the African Diaspora in furthering their careers by providing them with opportunities for mentorship, advancing their research, and enhancing their teaching.

    AFAS postdoctoral fellows are provided a competitive salary, support for research and research-related travel, office space, and computer equipment. They will also receive a reduced teaching load, teaching one course a semester based on their scholarly area of expertise and with the approval of the AFAS curriculum committee or the Director. In addition, Fellows will participate in the intellectual life of the AFAS program and University by giving and attending public lectures, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and participating in program activities. The fellowships begin July 1, 2015 and extend until June 30, 2016.

    Applications are evaluated against a broad set of criteria, with special consideration given to contributions the candidate can make to diversify the University community and to deepen the scholarly inquiries of the program in AFAS and its curriculum. Applications should include: (1) a letter of interest that briefly explains the applicant’s scholarly interest, with a detailed statement of proposed research that will be pursued during the fellowship period (up to 5 pages); (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) one writing sample (a scholarly publication or dissertation chapter (maximum 30 pages); (4) three letters of recommendation, including one from their dissertation adviser.

    Washington University in St. Louis especially encourages applications from women, members of racial/ethnic minority groups, and disabled individuals. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and must have received a doctorate after July 1, 2010 and before July 1, 2015.

    Applications must be received by February 1, 2015. Send application materials to:

    Attn: Professor Jeffrey McCune, Postdoctoral Search Committee
    African & African-American Studies Program
    Washington University in St. Louis
    CB 1109, One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

    Further inquiries regarding the fellowship should be made by e-mail to

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