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2015 AAA Leadership Fellows Program

The AAA Leadership Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for anthropologists early in their careers to learn about leadership opportunities within the association. Each year a group of three to five fellows will be paired with a mentor chosen from among AAA leadership. Mentors are available to fellows throughout the year to answer questions related to AAA. Fellows shadow their mentors at the AAA Annual Meeting in meetings of the Executive Board, Association Committees, and Section Committees. In addition, fellows are invited to attend the AAA Donors Reception and a Leadership Fellows Social bringing together past and present cohorts of fellows.


At the time of application, the applicant must be:
• a current member of the American Anthropological Association
• within three to five years of having completed their terminal degree in anthropology or an allied field. *
* Applicants not holding a terminal degree in anthropology should have a strong presence in the discipline at the time the application is submitted.
The online application is open in early March. Applications must be submitted by April 6. Awardees are notified in May and announced in Anthropology News. Fellows are required to attend the AAA Annual Meeting of their award year. As a result, Fellows receive up to $500 reimbursement for costs of travel.

To learn more and apply, click here.

ACLS Fellowship Competitions Are Now Open

Today’s post is an excerpt from the ACLS newsletter. Please direct any questions to Nicole A. Stahlmann, Director of Fellowship Programs via e-mail at fellowships@acls.org.

ACLS LogoThe American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce that the 2013-14 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open. ACLS offers 13 fellowship programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at www.acls.org/programs/comps.

Application deadlines vary by program:
September 26, 2013
ACLS Fellowships (the central program)
ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

October 23, 2013
Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

November 1, 2013
African Humanities Program

November 5, 2013
Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies (New in 2013)
Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies (New in 2013)
Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Collaborative Research Grants in Buddhist Studies (New in 2013)

November 12, 2013
Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies

November 19, 2013
Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society

December 1, 2013
Program in East Europe Studies

January 15, 2014
Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Visiting Professorships in Buddhist Studies (New in 2013)

The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities. In the 2012-13 competition year, ACLS awarded over $15 million to more than 300 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows’ profiles and research abstracts are available here. The 2013-14 season promises to be equally successful!

WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme

Please direct all inquiries about this opportunity to international.affairs@wzb.eu.


Located in the heart of Berlin, the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) is one of Europe’s largest non-university research institutes conducting basic social science research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. Among the 160 German and international scientists are sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars, and historians. The WZB offers a modern working environment where both equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are highly valued.

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) is an international organization that works to bring the best social science to bear on the biggest challenges of our time. It does this, for example, by publishing the World Social Science Report and organizing the World Social Science Forum. With its World Social Science Fellows programme, the ISSC aims to help build the next generation of social science leaders who can create knowledge for solutions to global challenges. In this programme, talented early career social scientists are brought together at seminars to create new, interdisciplinary perspectives on a global challenge. Following the seminars, World Social Science Fellows are part of a network that is expected to be the start of new, international research collaborations.

The WZB, in cooperation with the ISSC, invites applications for one early-career scientist (Post-Doctoral researcher with no more than 5 years’ work experience after their PhD or scientists without a PhD but with an equivalent level of research experience and output) residing and working in a developing country to conduct research for up to six months at the WZB. The research project of the fellow should focus on global societal problems with particular relevance to developing country contexts. Moreover, it should be linked to both research conducted at the WZB and to the notion of “Transforming Global Relations for a Just World,” which is the topic of the ISSC’s World Social Science Forum 2015.


Through their Global Fellowship Programme, the WZB and the ISSC aim at contributing to building a new generation of outstanding social scientists in developing countries who are willing and able to contribute to solving current global problems.

The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme enables an outstanding early-career social scientist from a developing country to spend four to six months in the exciting and stimulating environment of an exceptional social science research organisation in the heart of Germany. Besides allowing the Fellow to focus entirely on a dedicated research project, he/she is invited to participate in the intellectual life at the WZB. The Fellow will also become a member of the network of early career scientists the ISSC is building with its World Social Science Fellows programme.

While in residence, the selected fellow is required to:

  • Conduct a public lecture or an academic seminar at the WZB
  • Write a report outlining a vision of his/her research field with relevance to developing countries in the 5 to 10 years to come
  • Write or contribute towards a paper that can be presented at the World Social Science Forum 2015, to take place from 13 to 16 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa. On return to his/her home country, the fellow is expected to share his/her knowledge with the scientific community there as well as to contribute to the further development of the local science and education system. This could be achieved, for instance, through teaching Master’s or PhD level courses (where appropriate) based on the research done at the WZB.

In addition, the selected fellow will be encouraged to:

  • Take up the opportunity to contribute an article to the WZB discussion paper series or to the quarterly journal addressing issues of public concern for an expert readership beyond academia
  • To keep the WZB and ISSC informed of any publications that result from the research stay in Berlin,

The above outcomes will be profiled by the WZB and the ISSC, for example on their websites. The WZB offers a grant for up to six months at a level commensurate with a German Post-Doctoral researcher, as well as a contribution to local accommodation (up to 500 EUR per month). Economy travel costs to and from Berlin will be reimbursed according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Regulations. We offer a work place (equipped with PC, Internet access and communication support) as well as full library privileges and additional technical services. The selected Fellow will also receive support to participate in the World Social Science Forum 2015.

Selection Process

Candidates should present:

a) A letter of motivation (what is the project, why is it important, what will be the outcome), including the preferred timing of the research stay at the WZB as well as an explanation of the difference the stay will make in their personal careers and in their home institutions (maximum 1 page).

b) A summary of their main research and teaching contributions, indicating how these relate to the research topics at the WZB. Candidates should also address the societal relevance of their research (maximum 1 page).

c) 2 letters of recommendation from current or past senior colleagues.

d) A curriculum vitae, including information on education, publications, participation in research projects and networks, teaching experience, awards and prizes received and other pertinent experiences. (Note: The majority of the degrees should have been awarded in developing countries).

e) An indication of the candidate’s English language proficiency.

f) Agreement from their home institution to the research stay in Germany, if selected (applicable only if the candidate will be employed during the proposed period of the Fellowship).

All information should be submitted electronically, preferably in one PDF document, to international.affairs@wzb.eu.

The closing date for applications is 15 September 2013.

Unique Postdoc Opportunity In Global Health for Humanists/Social Scientists

The WHIL Innovations Fellowship in Global Health is a joint collaboration between the University of Virginia Center for Global Health and the University of Venda (South Africa) and aims to equip the next generation of scholars to conduct cross-disciplinary research and international collaboration in global health.  They are particularly interested in attracting promising researchers from the humanities and social sciences to contribute their unique perspectives to the mission of the CGH and its collaborative programs in global health.

The U.Va. Center for Global Health invites applications for two 1-year WHIL Innovations Postdoctoral Fellowships, the first beginning January 2013 and the second June 2013.

The Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) Innovations Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed to advance cross-disciplinary research innovation and international collaboration in global health.  The program builds on a decade-old collaboration between faculty and students at the University of Virginia and the University of Venda in Limpopo, South Africa focusing on the closely-related issues of poor access to water and sanitation in rural Southern Africa and unacceptably high rates of morbidity and mortality associated with early childhood diarrhea.  These issues and their intersections are complex, cutting across traditional fields of medicine, natural, applied, and social sciences, and humanities.  Our goal is to attract scholars from diverse disciplines and train them for academic and applied research careers that will lead the next generation to a better understanding of and ultimately a reduction in global disparities of health and wellbeing.

The program is funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center and will support two (2) one-year Fellowships at U.Va. in 2013.  Untenured researchers of any nationality and from any discipline who received or will receive their PhD between December 2007 and December 2012 are invited to apply.  It is not necessary that applicants have a ready project but that they be able to demonstrate serious interest in engaging issues of water and health in South Africa and commitment to a cross-disciplinary and international approach to innovation in global health broadly conceived.  For 2013, we would particularly welcome applications from researchers in the fields of African studies or history, anthropology, demography, economics, nutrition science, psychology, and sociology.

Please visit their fellowship webpage and direct inquiries and applications to WHIL@virginia.edu. Deadline is October 31, 2012.

Residential Fellowships offered by the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the academic year, September 2013 through May 2014. Applicants must have doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and new Ph.D.s should be aware that the Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is also international and gladly accepts applications from scholars outside the United States.

Most of the Center’s fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research.

Applications and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by October 15, 2012.

Visit the National Humanities Center Fellowships Page for complete details and application.


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