University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Illinois

Deadline October 30, 2017
Date Posted August 9, 2017
Type Fellowship

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in environmental Humanities, 2018–2020

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to hire two Post-Doctoral Fellows for two-year appointments to begin Fall 2018.

Environmental Humanities pulls the energy of several discipline-centric humanistic and related movements—environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others—into one common conversation about the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present. Intensely interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse, practitioners of the environmental humanities are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in Environmental Humanities will spend their two-year terms in residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will participate in all activities of the IPRH-Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group. Fellows will pursue an individual research project in an area of the environmental humanities; participate in a seminar and programs focused on the methods and challenges of interdisciplinary work in the environmental humanities; work together on a collaborative, public-facing project in the field; and work with the research group to develop the outline for an environmental humanities curriculum. Each fellow will be required to teach one of the courses developed in the second year of the fellowship term.

The search is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of environmental humanities. Special consideration will be given to scholars whose scholarship explores themes of climate or climate change, indigenous studies, place and space, resilience, or technology.

The fellowship carries a $56,650 annual stipend, a $5,000 research account, a moving allowance, and a comprehensive benefits package. To be eligible, applicants should have received their Ph.D. in a humanities discipline between January 1, 2015 and no later than July 31, 2018.

 Application Deadline: October 30, 2017

Detailed eligibility requirements and application guidelines can be found at The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Applications must be submitted through the online application system. The submission period opens September 1, 2017.

Please address questions about these fellowships to: Dr. Nancy Castro, Associate Director of IPRH, at or (217) 244-7913.


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