Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral
Fellowships in Bio-Humanities
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016–18
Application Deadline: Friday, November 6, 2015
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to hire two Post-Doctoral Fellows for two-year appointments commencing Fall 2016.
Bio-Humanities is an emerging field distinguished by its critical and creative appropriation of findings in the biological sciences for the purpose of reimagining and reconfiguring our sense of human being and of the meaning and significance of human undertakings.
The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows will spend the two-year term in residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will participate in all activities of the IPRH–Mellon Bio-Humanities research group. The Fellows will participate in a seminar aimed at developing methodologies for bio-humanities research; they will have the opportunity to audit courses in the life sciences at Illinois during the term of their fellowship; and they will work with the research group to develop several bio-humanities undergraduate courses. Each fellow will be required to teach one of the courses developed in the second year of the fellowship term.
This search for Mellon Fellows is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of Bio-Humanities.
Applicants should have received their Ph.D. in a humanities discipline between January 1, 2013 and no later than July 31, 2016. Only untenured scholars who have not held the title of “assistant professor” are eligible (visiting assistant professors are eligible); lecturers with indefinite appointments that renew (rather than terminate after a fixed term) are ineligible. PhDs are the only terminal degree accepted. Please note that these are externalfellowships; current full- and part-time faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as scholars who received their doctorates from the Urbana campus, are not eligible for these awards.
The appointment will begin on August 16, 2016, and the successful applicants must be on the Illinois campus by that date. The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows will be required to live within 20 miles of Champaign-Urbana during the academic years of the appointment. The fellowship carries a $55,000 annual stipend, a $5,000 research account, a modest moving allowance, and a comprehensive benefits package.