Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships (writing)

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships (writing) provide up to $40,000 towards the writing-up of already completed research. The fellowship is awarded to early career scholars, who frequently lack the time and resources they need to publish their work. Applicants should be no more than ten years beyond their PhD, with allowances made for periods of caregiving, and have a doctorate in anthropology or an equivalent field. A maximum of eight Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded annually.

By providing funds for scholars to devote themselves full-time to writing, the Foundation aims to enable a new generation of scholars to publish significant works that will impact the development of anthropology. The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships are nonrenewable, and provide US $40,000 of financial support for twelve months of continuous full-time writing. Applicants requesting shorter time periods will receive a pro-rated award as appropriate (e.g., a six-month project would be awarded $20,000). It is Foundation policy that Institutional Overhead or Institutional Support is not covered under this fellowship. Applicants can apply regardless of institutional affiliation, country of residence, or nationality. The application deadline is May 1. Final decisions are made six months after the application deadline.

Applicants must submit their applications using the Foundation’s online application submission procedure.

For more detailed information on eligibility, requirements and application procedures, please refer to the links below:

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Call for Applications 2021 / Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS)

Fellowships: 4 postdoctoral fellowships within the Cluster’s International Research College (IRC) 

Duration: 12 month fellowships starting October 2021
Deadline for Applications: 26 March 2021 (Successful candidates will be informed in May 2020)

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) is offering up to four postdoctoral fellowships within its International Research College (IRC). The IRC is the Cluster’s hub for international visiting scholars as well as postdoctoral fellows and together with the Graduate School forms the Berlin International College of Research and Graduate Training (BIRT). Through this unique structure, postdoctoral fellows are embedded in an interdisciplinary, international and diverse environment and benefit from regular exchange with junior as well as senior scholars at the Cluster. The Cluster studies contestations, their causes, and their consequences by putting together four Research Units (RU) focusing on specific issues each script has to address: Borders, Orders, (Re-) Allocation and Temporality. The four RUs investigate who is contesting what, which factors drive these contestations, and what the effects of the contestations are. Each RU consists of multidisciplinary research teams, systematically cutting across disciplinary and epistemic boundaries.

We encourage applications on projects focussing on contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and/or comparative perspective and we are especially interested in topics, which reflect the research agenda of the Cluster’s four Research Units:

  • Contestations and transformations of “the liberal border script” and its principles and challenges to territoriality and citizenship through processes of globalization, regionalization, (de)imperialization, technological change, and other factors
  • Contestations of the liberal order script including state structures, rights, and political rule and resistance to institutions of global governance
  • Contestations of the liberal script through a combination of inequalities and other pressures such as climate change, demographic change, and (forced) migration with a focus on the global south, preferably Africa or South Asia
  • time-relatedandhistoricalchallengestotheliberalscript, tensionsbetweenfuture-oriented values against present-oriented norms and divergent understandings of temporality and progress and their influence on how actors allocate time to market and non-market activitiesApplications from our international partners, as well as countries of the global south are particularly welcome.Successful candidates must have their PhD submitted by the fall of 2021 (September 30, 2021 at the latest). The duration of the fellowship is 12 months (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022) with a stipend of €30.000 (including travel and relocation expenses), paid in monthly rates of €2.500.Applicants must submit the following documents:
    • –  CV and list of publications;
    • –  Proposal for a postdoctoral project (max. 5,000 words);
    • –  Transcripts of degrees and other relevant material;
    • –  Two letters of reference.

All applicants are required to apply online until March 31, 2021. Please submit your application via the following online portal: https://www.drs.fu-berlin.de/user/register?field_i_want_to_apply_for=723

For more information about the Cluster and the application procedure, please visit www.scripts- berlin.eu or submit an inquiry via irc@scripts-berlin.eu.

Authoritarianism and Global Capitalism: Emancipatory Counter-Strategies in and from the Middle East

Call for applications: 6 Short-Term Fellowships (up to 9 months) for postdocs, research-based artists, and journalists from ODA-recipient countries of the MENA region in 2021, Location: Berlin – Deadline: 1 March 2021

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (both Freie Universität Berlin), and “Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe” (EUME), a research programme at the Forum Transregionale Studien, invite postdoctoral researchers, research-based artists, and journalists from countries of the Middle East and North Africa to apply for up to six short-term research fellowships in the period from April–December 2021.

We explicitly welcome applications from researchers who are currently residing in Germany or other European countries.

Authoritarianism, Global Capitalism, and Counter-Strategies  

We are witnessing a worldwide resurgence of reactionary nationalist, religious, racist, and antifeminist discourses and movements that give form to specific ideological amalgams and practices in different contexts, as well as rapid authoritarian transformations of political systems in all regions of the world. Not everything is new about this. But although contemporary developments in many ways may represent a continuation of previously-existing authoritarian patterns, their worldwide spread and their specific economic, political, and ideological character pose important questions concerning the concrete conditions and processes of this globalization of authoritarianism.

Economic politics are key to understanding the specificities of the current developments. Following the crisis of 2007–8, neoliberalism as a global political and economic regime of governance and as a specific mode of capital accumulation is paradoxically expanding, deepening, and being stripped of some of its “progressive” facets by authoritarian regimes, while simultaneously being questioned for its destructive effects on society, politics, and the environment.

Struggles and strategies against authoritarian politics and austerity measures have emerged across the South/North and East/West divides that governed politics and academic inquiries over the last century. Large-scale mobilizations have been unfolding in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Hong Kong, Thailand, Chile, Bolivia, Belarus, and other countries. From local small-scale campaigning by grassroots organizations to massive feminist mobilizations against the culturalist-conservative backlash or oppressive political conditions, strong claims for pluralism, redistribution, participation, and social justice have emerged during the past few years.

The revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa region in 2010/2011 in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen, as well as in 2018/2019 in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon, and Iraq have contested authoritarian rule and socio-economic injustices in the region through mass movements. Defying predictions that underscored the supposed durability and resilience of local authoritarian rule, these uprisings mobilized people far beyond national borders and had and still have a massive impact on progressive movements worldwide. At the same time, the authoritarian backlash that has characterized the last few years poses important questions regarding the organization, structures, limits, and challenges of emancipatory politics today.

We consider that there is a lot to learn from each of these struggles and from a transregional comparison. On the one hand, they are key sites for understanding what is currently at stake. Critical perspectives that zoom in on concrete struggles, its representations, its actors, and the strategies they implement seem to us most promising for understanding the political subjects of what has formerly been called “class struggle”– i.e. subjects that not only constitute these struggles, but are contingently constituted by them. On the other hand, in view of a globalized authoritarian challenge, we consider it important to critically engage with resistance strategies, campaigns, and initiatives for a renewal of emancipatory internationalism and its transformative potential for the idea and practice of a just world.

Possible research questions may be articulated from all branches of the social sciences and humanities and include:

  • Questions regarding (new) political subjectivities expressed in and formed by anti-authoritarian movements and initiatives, their political practices, and forms of organization and communication, especially regarding its transnational, transregional and/or global entanglements; 
  • Questions of new or old imaginaries and narratives (inside and outside of organized anti-authoritarian struggles) that may relate different movements towards a broader platform or counter-project to the hegemony of global authoritarianism and the destructive effects of capitalism;
  • Discussions of the most vibrant (outspoken and silent) demands which connect many people in the locality or region and could serve as the basis for an inclusive alternative agenda against prevailing forms of classist, nationalist, racist, sexist, religious, and other forms of marginalization;
  • Narrative, visual, archival, and communicative strategies and practices that can cope with the authoritarian spectre of the near-absolute control and massive oppression that is available through technological surveillance;
  • Analyses that focus on specific manifestations, processes, and practices of reactionary ideologization and mobilization as well as the counter-hegemonic responses to them; 
  • Studies that address the transformation of institutions and infrastructures that were built up or conceived to safeguard the rule of law and the principles of citizenship;
  • Questions concerning the relation between national and regional actors, and the global struggle for cultural hegemony and the “global authoritarian populist axis”, as well as their relation to the general context of neocolonial, imperial relationships;
  • Inquiries into the transformation of secular and religious politics as an integral part of policies designed to tighten the authoritarian grip;
  • Discussions of the global impact of the uprisings in the MENA region.

Structure and Goals

The fellowships are funded by the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), an initiative aimed at supporting critical research in and from countries of the Global South, and strengthening the dialogue between scholars and research-oriented artists and journalists from the Global South and North.

This call is made in cooperation with three Berlin-based research institutions: the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, both at the Freie Universität Berlin, and Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe, a research programme at the Forum Transregionale Studien, to establish a working group that explores emancipatory strategies against authoritarian capitalism and reactionary politics with scholars from the Middle East.

Fellowship holders gain the opportunity to advance their own individual research and/or artistic projects and to collaborate closely with colleagues in an interdisciplinary and transregional research milieu.

They will become visiting researchers at one of the aforementioned institutions and fully take part in the academic and intellectual life of those institutions. They will also be fellows of the RLS International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counterstrategies (IRGAC) that brings together more than 20 researchers from across the Global South.

Apart from advancing their own research, the fellowship holders are expected to work together in a joint project to map the most important, most virulent, or most promising struggles and strategies against the authoritarian transformations in the MENA region. At the end of the nine-month period, the research group should present a comprehensive paper/study on this issue that will serve as a basis to establish the framework of a more comprehensive research agenda for a future, long-term activist research project on counter-strategies in and from the region. The fellows are also expected to present ideas, positions, and preliminary findings of their work on a separate blog section of the research group´s website, and we strongly encourage the fellows to present their work in public or semi-public events such as an academic workshop series.

The fellowships explicitly aim to contribute to a more global conversation between scholars for a better understanding of the rising spread of authoritarianism and to advance the idea and praxis of just and democratic societies. We are particularly interested in approaches that propose comparative and international perspectives for and from the Global South on these issues, and are curious for an exchange on how diverse historical and contemporary experiences of authoritarian practices and counter-strategies contribute to a better understanding of the phenomenon.

Requirements 

Due to funding stipulations, only citizens of ODA-recipient countries are eligible to apply.

Applicants with academic research projects should have completed their PhD within the last five years.

Applicants with artistic or journalistic research projects should have completed studies up to Master’s level and have professional experience that is comparable to a PhD.

Please note that in order to facilitate an ongoing and productive dialogue between scholars, the working language is English. Therefore, applicants are required to have a very good command of the English language.

Financial Support 

The financial support provided to the researchers is calculated at €2,500 per month. In case this is necessary, return (economy class) airfares for intercontinental flights will be covered by the fellowship, as well as travel costs to attend events organized by the RLS. Additional project-related funds may be granted.

Submission 

Please direct any queries and submit your application in one single PDF file (5 MB max; please name the file “SurnameName_application.pdf”) to gsdp.application@rosalux.org.

We strongly encourage applicants to inform themselves about the research fields of each institution and propose one of them as the preferred host institution in their application.

Your application should include:

  • A letter of motivation, including a statement on your preferred host institution and a brief description of political, social, and/or cultural engagement. 
  • An outline of the project you would like to carry out, consisting of: 
    • abstract (max. 250 words);
    • research proposal (max. 2000 words);
    • project timeline; and
    • proposed outcomes
  • Curriculum vitae, including a publication list.
    The publication list should be divided into publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference papers. For artistic researchers, please provide documentation of your work. If available, please provide a digital link to the publication. 
  • 2 names of referees.

We will inform all applicants of the results of the selection process by mid-March 2021. 

Partners

For more information on the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, please visit:

www.irgac.org | www.rosalux.org

For information on the research programme “Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe“ (EUME) and the Forum Transregionale Studien:

www.eume-berlin.de | www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

For more information on the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin:

www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/en/polwiss/forschung/international/vorderer-orient/index.html

For information on the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies at the Freie Universität Berlin:

http://www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de/en/index.html

Related Files

EuroTech Postdoc2Programme

Fellowships

The fellowship consists of a monthly salary for the postdoctoral researcher based on the salary scale of the Host Institution and is granted for a period of twenty-four (24) months maximum, and a dedicated research budget (up to €8,000) and collaboration and travel budget (up to €6,000) related to the project.

The research budget can be used for standard research costs including but not limited to materials, visits to conferences and workshops, open access and training costs. Visits to the mandatory bootcamps should also be covered from the research budget.

The collaboration and travel budget can be used for all costs related to the collaboration with the Co-host Supervisor / Institution, and other travels directly related to the EuroTechPostdoc2 programme. 

Additional travel allowances necessary to conduct the collaborative projects, workshops and training in other countries will be provided by the Host Institution and negotiated individually.


Research areas

The research thematic is open to all areas within the Alliance enabling the exploration of emerging and promising fields and promoting new interdisciplinary research collaborations. Fellows may freely choose a research topic and the appropriate Host and Co-host Institution, fitting their individual needs and ambitions. 

Examples of potential research areas can be found, but are not limited to, within the Focus Areas of the EuroTech Universities Alliance


Host and Co-host Institutions and Supervisors 

The fellow must conduct the proposed research in a laboratory of one of the universities of the EuroTech Universities Alliance (the Host Institution) and under the supervision of a Professor or a Senior Scientist (the Host Supervisor) employed in that institution or in the case of l’École Polytechnique à Paris, working at one of the ‘Unités Mixtes de Recherche (UMR)’ at that institution.

In addition, the fellow will conduct a mandatory collaborative project with another participating university (the Co-host Institution) in the form of secondments, research stays, short visits, field research and/or web conferences, and under the supervision of a Professor or a Senior Scientist (the Co-host Supervisor) employed in that institution, or in the case of l’École Polytechnique à Paris, working at one of the ‘Unités Mixtes de Recherche (UMR)’ at that institution.

Four universities can act as  Host Institution

  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU), 
  • L’École Polytechnique à Paris (l’X), 
  • Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) 
  • Technical University of Munich (TUM) 

All six universities within the EuroTech Universities Alliance can act as Co-host Institution:

  • The four above, but also 
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology (the Technion) 

Note that a viability check is done to confirm the availability of infrastructure, supervision and resources to successfully complete the project before the final selection of candidates. Since this check could lead to a rejection of a highly ranked proposal, we strongly advice you to contact your intended Host and Co-host supervisor before submitting the proposal, and check whether indeed the infrastructure, resources and supervision needed are available. 


Eligibility 

To be considered eligible, applicants must fulfil the following eligibility criteria: 

  1. Applicants must be Experienced Researchers, namely they must, on the call deadline (1st call: February 25, 2021), be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. 
  2. Mobility Rule: Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the Host Institution for more than twelve (12) months in the three (3) years immediately before the call deadline (Call 1: February 26, 2018 – February 25, 2021). Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Exceptions related to Covid-19 can be considered, based on a case-by-case analysis. If you think you qualify for an exception, please contact the Programme Management Office as soon as possible.
  3. Applicants must be able to carry out full time research during the fellowship period (parental leave, sick leave, military leave and care leave are accepted). 
  4. Research direction should follow the H2020 Ethics rules.

Admissibility

To be considered admissible, the application must be complete and submitted in the electronic submission system before the deadline of the call (February 25, 2021). 

For an application to be complete, it must contain the following elements: 

  1. Research plan (maximum five (5) pages, following the template provided). 
  2. Prioritized CV – including career breaks and list of all publications of the applicant, following the template provided. 
  3. Completed and signed ethical issues form, following the template provided. 
  4. Scanned copy of PhD diploma or an official statement of the awarding university that the degree has been awarded, or official statement(s) proving the four years of full-time equivalent research experience in English. 
  5. Names of intended Host Supervisor and intended Co-host Supervisor.
    • The Host Supervisor could be from the following Institutions: DTU, L’X, TU/e, and TUM.
    • The Co-host Supervisor could be from the following Institutions: DTU, EPFL, L’X, Technion, TU/e, and TUM.
  6. Motivation letter on carrying out a cross-border collaborative project (maximum one (1) page; additional pages will be discarded). 

Timeline

The figure below shows the timeline of the Application and Evaluation process of the first call within EuroTechPostdoc2.

The most important steps within this process are the following:

  • Deadline call: On or before the deadline (25 February, 17:00 hr. CET/GMT+1), applicants submit their proposal in the electronic submission system.
  • After the submission deadline, the Programme Management Office performs an admissibility and eligibility check for all submitted applications and inform the applicants by e-mail of the outcome within two weeks.
  • Proposals found eligible and admissible are sent for review by three external independent reviewers, who will score the proposals according to the evaluation criteria (see Rules & Regulations for details). Only proposals scoring higher than the threshold are considered for the next steps.
  • For the proposals with the highest score per university, a viability check will be performed to confirm the availability of infrastructure, supervision and resources to successfully complete the project.
  • Per university, fellowships will be offered to the applicants of the best proposals that are found viable. TU/e, TUM, DTU have 10 hosting positions per call whereas L’X has 5 positions. 

Note that the viability check is a crucial step before the final selection of candidates. Since this check could lead to a rejection of a highly ranked proposal, we strongly advice you to contact your intended Host and Co-host supervisor before submitting the proposal, and check whether indeed the infrastructure, resources and supervision needed are available.

For more details, please refer to the Rules & Regulations. 

Call for Applications: EUME Fellowships 2020/21

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites researchers to apply for up to 5 postdoctoral fellowshipsfor the academic year 2020/21 in the research program EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME).

Location: Berlin / Closing Date: 4 January, 2020

Call for Applications (PDF)

Application cover sheet DOC or PDF

FAQ (PDF)

EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of a growing network of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in and outside of Berlin. EUME supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history and life of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame. EUME is interested in questions relating to ongoing transformation processes in Europe and the Middle East, in re-imaginations of the past and present that contribute to free, pluralistic and just societies.

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:

1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) re-examining genealogical notions of mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity and future in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political divisions and entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE supports and rests upon interconnected research fields and themes:

Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures

directed by Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies/Department for Arabic Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg) and Samah Selim (Rutgers University) reassesses literary entanglements and processes of translation and canonization between Europe and the Middle East.

Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions

directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi (both Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) contributes to the debate on plurality, migration, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious differences in the cities around the Mediterranean.

Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives 

directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva) tries to rethink key concepts of modernity in the context of experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East in order to contribute to a more inclusive language of culture, politics and community.

Politics of Change, Archaeologies of the Present, and Processes of Change in the Middle East

are research themes that emerged during the last years and are represented by the work of several EUME Fellows and members of the Collegium (e.g. Cilja Harders, Friederike Pannewick, Rachid Ouaissa).

These research fields and themes mark the framework for the fellowship program that constitutes EUME. Since 1997, more than 280 scholars from and of the Middle East have been EUME Fellows, who, by their scholarly projects, engagement, and their questions relating to the order of knowledge, society and politics, shape the academic program of EUME.  

FELLOWSHIPS

The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the overall program Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below or connected to the Forum Transregionale Studien.

The fellowships start on 1 October 2020 and will end on 31 July 2021. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2,500 € plus supplements depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurance, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. Scholars are also invited to apply with own funding. The working language of EUME is English.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

An application should consist of

– the application cover sheet (please download above on this site);

– a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications);

– a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship; and

– the names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required).

The application should be submitted by e-mail as one PDF file in English and should be received by January 4, 2020, sent to: eume(at)trafo-berlin.de

Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME)
Attn: Georges Khalil
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien
Wallotstraße 14
14193 Berlin

In case of questions, please consult the FAQ or write an email to eume(at)trafo-berlin.de.

INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011 EUME is continued at the Forum Transregionale Studien.

In scholarly terms EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of Ulrike Freitag (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Cilja Harders (Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin), Kader Konuk (Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen), Nora Lafi (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Rachid Ouaissa (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), and Stefan Weber (Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin).

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien (Forum) is a research platform that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and outside, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions. The Forum currently supports the following research programs and initiatives: Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (EUME), Prisma Ukraïna: Research Network Eastern Europe, Re:Constitution: Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe. Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship and 4A Lab: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics are programs that are closely connected to the Forum.

The Forum is a founding member of the Academy in Exile and of the consortium of MECAM: Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb to be established in Tunis in 2020.

For more information on the Forum Transregionale Studien, please visit

www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

For further information on EUME and for detailed information on the research fields, please visit www.eume-berlin.de

For information on the research institutions participating in EUME, please visit

Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin

www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de

Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

https://www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/en/polwiss/

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

www.zmo.de

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/en/friedrichschlegel

Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/islamwiss

Museum for Islamic Art

www.smb.museum/isl

Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/semiarab

Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg

www.uni-marburg.de/cnms

Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen

www.uni-due.de/turkistik/

Fellows-in-Residence program – Call for applications 2021 2022

  • ORGANISATION/COMPANYCY: Cergy Paris Université 
  • RESEARCH FIELD: Arts, Astronomy, Biological sciences, Chemistry, Computer science, Cultural studies, Economics, Educational sciences, Engineering, Environmental science, Geography, Geosciences, History, Information science, Juridical sciences, Literature, Management sciences, Mathematics, Neurosciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political sciences, Technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE: Established Researcher (R3) Recognised Researcher (R2) Leading Researcher (R4) 
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/02/2021 13:00 – Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION: France › Neuville-sur-Oise 
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT: Temporary 
  • JOB STATUS: Full-time 
  • HOURS PER WEEK: 40 
  • OFFER STARTING DATE: 01/09/2021

OFFER DESCRIPTION 

CY Advanced Studies is pleased to announce the opening of the 2021 Fellows-in-Residence Program.

It is a residential programme hosting max. 8 researchers from outside CY Initiative, for a period ranging from 4 months to one year. This programme aims at promoting interdisciplinary exchanges, international collaborations, and at strengthening the attractiveness of CY Initiative partners.

All fields of research are eligible. Fellows are encouraged to develop their research in line with the research activity carried out by the CY Initiative laboratories.

Three types of fellowships are proposed:

  • Junior fellowships: for researchers who have obtained their PhD within the last ten years, with or without a permanent position at a university or research institute. These fellowships are awarded for a duration of one year and may be renewed for one additional year.
  • Senior fellowships: for researchers who have obtained their PhD more than ten years ago, with a permanent position at a university or research institute. These fellowships are awarded for a duration of 4 to 10 months and, in case of long-term collaborations, can be divided into two or three stays, of minimum 3 months each.
  • National fellowships at junior or senior level: for researchers holding a permanent position in French higher education and research institutions. For one semester, CY AS offers the possibility to host researchers during a CRCT or délégation period by reimbursing teaching costs to their home institution. This scheme is also open to international researchers from partner universities.

A detailed description of the Fellows-in-Residence call and the application template are available on the platform. The platform for application opens on Thursday 12 November 2020.

The application, in English only, is a two-stage process:

  1. The summary of the research project must be submitted by Monday 11 January 2021, 13:00 CET;
  2. The full application must be submitted by Wednesday 10 February 2021, 13:00 CET.

For more information about all CY Initiative-funded programmes, please see the “Action Plan – 2021” for the support of scientific excellence and internationalisation of research.

Postdoc in bioinformatics

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, invites applications for a three-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join the InRoot project (read more here), which focuses on the molecular dynamics of plant interactions with complex soil microbial communities.

The position is for three years and is available from 1 April 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter

Job description/research project/research area
You are expected to contribute to high-throughput sequencing data analysis, data curation, database management and integrative analysis of large datasets derived from both plants and microbes. The project will include RNA-seq, 16S profile, microbial genome, metagenomic and -transcriptomic data.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in bioinformatics or computer science. Candidates with a PhD degree in molecular biology will also be considered, if extensive bioinformatics experience can be documented.

Excellent programming skills and documented bioinformatics experience is required. Fluency in spoken and written English is expected. Experience with analysis of microbiome, metagenome or RNA-seq data is an advantage. In addition, the candidate should be able and prepared to work as part of a large team in a collaborative project.

Who we are/ The department
The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas of Gene Expression, Molecular Medicine, Structural Biology, Systems Biology and Plant Molecular Biology. There are currently 75 full time scientific staff and 120 PhD students. The department is responsible for two educations: Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine with a yearly uptake of 160 students in total. Please refer to http://mbg.au.dk/ for further information about The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and to https://nat.au.dk/ and http://www.au.dk/ for information on Faculty of Natural Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.

The successful candidate is offered:

  • access to a well-developed research infrastructure, including the GenomeDK and Computerome2 HPCs.
  • a research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance

Place of work
The place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information
For further information please contact: Associate professor Stig U. Andersen, sua@mbg.au.dk.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline:
14 December 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavioral Economics/Behavioral Finance (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is one of Europe’s leading business schools, accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. We invite applications for a position as

Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavioral Economics/Behavioral Finance.

The recruited candidate will work together with Professor Sebastian Ebert on his ERC project on “Skewness Preferences – The Human Attitudes Toward Rare, High-Impact Risks.” The position is research-focused and comes with no or only a very light teaching load. Starting date and duration of the appointment are flexible and subject to mutual agreement. The successful candidate should show great potential to conduct top quality research or already have some publications in very good economics journals. Applications from both theoretical and empirical/experimental researchers are welcome. Applications by candidates who seek to go on the job market next year or the year thereafter are also welcome.

We offer a stimulating research environment, including a research seminar series, a PhD program, generous research funding, and all the opportunities of a dynamic private business school. The city of Frankfurt is ranked 7th worldwide in the latest Mercer “Quality of Living“ Ranking.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2020. Please submit your application including a cover letter that describes your motivation for this position, a CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness (courses taught and evaluations), and contact information for at least two references via interfolio apply.interfolio.com/80555. Candidates who have not finalized their PhD yet are strongly encouraged to submit three reference letters alongside the application. 

Frankfurt School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. We explicitly encourage international applications; German language skills are not required within Frankfurt School. Frankfurt School is an equal-opportunities employer.

For further information on Frankfurt School, see our website: https://www.frankfurt-school.de. For inquiries about the position, please contact Sebastian Ebert, Professor of Microeconomics, (s.ebert@fs.de).

New Media and Public Humanities – Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021-2022)

University of Toronto – Jackman Humanities Institute

Location: OntarioDate posted: 2020-10-28Advertised until: 2020-11-30

Call for Applications
Deadline: 30 November 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

APPLY HERE: https://humanities.utoronto.ca/funding/37889

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in New Media and Public Humanities, (NMPH) designed to support recent Ph.D. graduates from humanities disciplines who are engaged in new media and/or other journalism initiatives in order to bring humanities research out of the classroom and academic monograph and into discussion in public fora and across multiple media platforms. One NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be selected for a twelve-month residency at the Jackman Humanities Institute.

The Annual Theme for 2021-2022 is Pleasure

Whether understood as light amusement or passionate pursuit, as pure enjoyment, sensual gratification, bliss or hedonism, pleasure may be the most agreeable motivator. Yet pleasure has been described as “curious and appalling,” one of modern civilization’s most deadly poisons. Through its diverse manifestations – as intellectual satisfaction and the pleasures of knowledge, across studies of media audiences, addiction, virtual sex – when, and how, has pleasure become divorced from ideology, politics, and power? Uneasiness concerning pleasure resonates readily with humanists’ tendencies to formulate our subjects of study as constellations of problems, but is there space in our discourses for unironic joy?

The Fellowship

The NMPH postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct active research and to propose, write, and publish innovative media projects that take humanities research into the public domain. The postdoctoral fellowship is an award of $54,636 CAD plus benefits. The NMPH postdoctoral fellowship is tenable for one academic year (1 July 2021-30 June 2022), and the holder is expected to be in residence September 2021 to May 2022. As a residential fellow, the New Media and Public Humanities postdoctoral fellow will be provided with an office at the JHI on the 10th floor of the Jackman Humanities Building. The NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate in activities with faculty, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate fellows, including weekly lunch seminars and occasional other workshops and lectures.

Moving expenses are not provided. The JHI will provide an office, University of Toronto Library access, faculty mentoring, and administrative support. Teaching is not a component of this fellowship, but incumbents may apply for sessional positions in their home disciplines as available.

Eligibility

  • Doctoral degree in humanities, writing, media studies, or journalism completed between 1 July 2012 – 30 June 2021. If you graduated before 1 July 2012, you are not eligible to apply. If you will be enrolled as a full or part-time student during the period of the fellowship, you are not eligible to apply.
  • This position is normally open to Ph.D. graduates who do not hold tenure-track positions.
  • A public media record going back to at least 1 July 2019.
  • Fellowships are open to citizens of all countries. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may further expand the range of ideas and perspectives.
  • Doctoral candidates and Ph.D. recipients from the University of Toronto are eligible to apply.
  • The Jackman Humanities Institute interprets “Humanities” as a broad category, including political theory, interpretive social science, music, and the arts.

Selection Criteria

We are seeking individuals whose intellectual scope moves between formal academic research and professional journalism. The JHI is a site for interdisciplinary humanities research conversations, and we are therefore interested in candidates who have a record of publication in non-academic venues as well as an academic background in the humanities or social sciences. Selection will be based upon accomplishment according to career stage, evidence of public media engagement, and the relevance of their interests and media record to the annual theme.

Procedure

You must have (or create) a registered userID account on the JHI website (https://humanities.utoronto.ca) to apply. Click on Calls for Funding to see the description of this fellowship and application procedures. Scroll to the bottom of the description and click on Apply Now! to apply. (Applications will be accepted starting 9 October 2020). You can reach the application directly at  https://humanities.utoronto.ca/funding/37889

You will be asked to provide the following documents:

  1. A full resumé with demonstrated background in the Humanities that includes a full listing of both academic and non-academic publications and media endeavours.
  2. A project proposal that outlines a media project or series of projects centred on the 2021-2022 annual theme, Pleasure, to be undertaken at the Jackman Humanities Institute (Maximum length 1000 words)
  3. A writing sample (published, non-academic preferred; an academic article or dissertation chapter may be provided if necessary)
  4. (Optional) For online materials such as audio or video files, please provide a pdf file that contains links and brief explanations.

All document files must be saved in .pdf format. The maximum upload size for each application is 8 mb. If your files are too large, you will see an error message. Please reduce the size of your files and try the upload again.

You must complete this application in one sitting; it is not possible to edit or revise once you have saved your application.

You will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two referees who can provide confidential letters of reference. Your referees will receive an automated request for their letters, which will be due on 7 December 2020. Please ask your referees to watch for our request email.

Deadline

All applications must be made through the JHI website by 30 November 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.

Questions

For questions relating to the scope and expectations of this fellowship, contact Professor Alison Keith, Director, at jhi.director@utoronto.ca or (416) 978-7415.

For website assistance, contact Kim Yates, Associate Director, at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” / University of Konstanz

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” (fulltime, Salary Scale E 13 TV-L) 

Reference Number 2020/208. The Cluster invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships for a duration of 12 to 24 months, during which fellows will pursue individual research projects. The earliest starting date is 1 September 2021. We explicitly encourage candidates from Non-OECD member countries to apply. 

The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up programme, the Excellence Strategy. 

The Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” involves researchers from political science, sociology, economics, linguistics, psychology, law and education studies. The Cluster’s researchers investigate inequality in areas such as education, income and wealth, and participation rights. They study how people perceive these inequalities, how they lead to collective mobilization, and how political actors respond to them. Applications are open to excellent postdoctoral researchers with a keen interest in the Cluster’s concepts and lines of research. We are looking for open-minded candidates interested in interdisciplinary research with the ability to actively seek collaborations beyond their own discipline. 

Fellowship 

  • Opportunity to pursue individual research projects 
  • Research allowance e.g. to finance con- ference travels and research assistants 
  • Opportunity to benefit from the Clusters’ Methods Hub and from the University’s Academic Staff Development unit 
  • Fellows will choose one of the Cluster’s principal investigators as host and mentor 
  • Active participation in Cluster activities is expected 

Application documents 

  • Proposal for a research project (max. 4 pages) to be pursued during the fellowship 
  • A short letter of motivation detailing why becoming a Fellow would be helpful to the applicant’s career and research, and explaining the applicant’s contribution to the Cluster 
  • Curriculum Vitae and a list of publications 
  • Certification of a completed doctoral degree or confirmation of a submitted/ submittable thesis (issued by the main doctoral advisor) 
  • Two letters of reference
  • The Research Proposal should include information on a) the goals to be achieved during the fellowship, b) research question(s), methods and potential follow- ups of the proposed project, c) the feasibility and relevance of the project and its fit with the Cluster’s research agenda 
  • Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred duration of the fellowship 

Please submit your application as a single PDF file via our Online Application Portal. Deadline for application is: 13 December 2020, 12:00 CET

For more information on the Cluster and its research projects, please visit: http://inequality.uni.kn. For Frequently Asked Questions, please consult the FAQ section. Further questions can be directed to the Cluster’s Managing Office: application.inequality@uni-konstanz.de

In principle, each position can be divided into two part-time positions. The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in research and teaching. We also support working couples through our dual career programme(https://www.uni-konstanz.de/en/equalopportunities/family/dual-career/).
Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).