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Postdoctoral Fellowships
in International Humanities

In 2006, the Cogut Center for the Humanities invited Brown University departments, programs, centers, and institutes in the humanities or in humanities-related fields to submit proposals for two-year postdoctoral appointments. Three years later, these positions continue to explore and enhance Brown’s commitment to the humanities in an international context.  Postdoctoral fellows in this program participate equally in their home departments and in the Cogut Center. They occupy an office in their home department and teach one course per semester there.  They also participate in the Cogut Center’s regular Fellows’ Seminar.

Fellowships are awarded to postdoctoral scholars who received their degrees from institutions other than Brown within the last five (5) years. The recruitment of fellows from outside North America was strongly encouraged. Fellows are paid a stipend commensurate with that of the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships and are supplied with individual research funds as well as a fund for visiting speakers and conference planning related to the seminar theme.

All Brown academic departments are eligible to submit proposals to the Cogut Center. Brown programs, centers, and institutes are also welcome to submit proposals jointly with Brown academic departments. Individuals may not apply or submit proposals. The Cogut Center does not recruit postdoctoral fellows directly.

Departmental proposals are selected by the Cogut Center Governing Board. Sponsoring departments then solicit applications in consultation with the office of the Dean of Faculty and present a list of up to three candidates, in ranked order of preference, to the Cogut Center Governing Board, who makes the final selections. Those selections are then submitted to the Dean of Faculty for final approval.

Proposals outline the solicited position’s contribution to a developing departmental and/or program curriculum as well as to the cultivation of the humanities in an international and internationalizing context.  In addition, all proposals include a job description, written in accordance with the Dean of Faculty requirements for faculty postings.

The next opportunity for departments to submit proposals will be fall semester 2014.