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Post-doctoral Fellowship Program

We are currently accepting applications for 2016-2017 fellows.

 

In the fall of 2005, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) initiated a postdoctoral Fellowship program for scholars conducting research on Africa and the African Diaspora. Housed in the Africana Research Center (ARC), this initiative is intended to foster a world-class community of early-career scholars. Scholars selected as Fellows have opportunities to showcase their research and scholarship as well as to engage with noted scholars in their respective fields. Both contribute to the academic and cultural environments at PSU.

Program

The program runs from August through June each year. Each Fellow is matched with a senior faculty mentor who provides guidance and support throughout the Fellowship year.  Fellows are expected to be in residence and to be active in PSU’s community of scholars; however, they are not assigned teaching or administrative responsibilities during their residencies. Fellows participate in a series of professional development seminars as well as writing-for-publication sessions. The Fellowship provides a salary of $50,004, plus health insurance and funds for research and moving expenses. Office space and a computer are also provided.

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PSU Job #: 58776

Department: Africana Research Center

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Africana Research Center invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in any aspect of African American and Diaspora Studies, beginning August 2016. During their residency, fellows have no teaching or administrative responsibilities, though they may request a teaching assignment. They will be matched with a mentor, attend professional development sessions and other relevant events, and be expected to be active in Penn State’s community of Africana researchers. Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. within the previous four academic years. Salary/benefit package is competitive.

To be considered for this position, submit complete application packets including cover letter describing your research and goals for the fellowship year, a curriculum vita (6 page maximum), and a writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages by November 15, 2015. Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/58776 . Three letters of reference should be addressed to the attention of the ESSS Selection Committee and submitted as e-mail attachments to africanacenter@la.psu.edu. Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to africanacenter@la.psu.edu.

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Eligibility

Applicants must conduct research that centers on or is related to Africa and the African Diaspora. Ideally, applicants will have been awarded the doctorate within the past five years or will earn the doctorate before the start of the Fellowship year. Applications are accepted from all disciplines; however, as the ARC is housed in the College of the Liberal Arts (CLA), preference is afforded to applicants with research that aligns with the CLA departments. For a complete listing of CLA academic departments, please see:  http://www.la.psu.edu/academic-units

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated by a committee composed of the ARC Director and other Penn State faculty. Eight candidates will be invited to campus to participate in the Emerging Scholars Speaker Series (ESSS), during which event they will showcase their research, meet with faculty and administrators, and tour the library. The ESSS event takes place in two parts on January 25 and February 1, 2016. One fellow will be chosen from among the eight ESSS participants for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Notification of Fellowship Award

Notifications will be made during February 2016.

Questions about the program and application process should be directed to the ARC at 814-865-6482 or africanacenter@la.psu.edu.

 

View our current and past post-doctoral fellows here.

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