In 2006, the Cogut Institute 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. Several 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 Institute. They occupy an office in their home department and teach one course per semester there. The hosting department is in a unique position to provide mentoring based on field expertise. They also participate in the Cogut Institute’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.
All Brown academic departments are eligible to submit proposals to the Cogut Institute. 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 Institute does not recruit postdoctoral fellows directly.
Departmental proposals are selected by the Cogut Institute 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 Institute Governing Board, who makes the final selections. Those selections are then submitted to the Dean of Faculty for final approval.
Proposals, submitted electronically only, 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.
Congratulations to the following departments for their successful Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Humanities proposals:
Archaeology and the Ancient World and the Haffenreffer Museum for a fellowship in critical cultural heritage;
Religious Studies, Judaic Studies, Program in Early Cultures, and Classics for a fellowship in the culture and ideology of writing in the ancient Mediterranean;
Hispanic Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies for a fellowship in the study of violence, revolution and/or immigration in Mexico; and
Modern Culture and Media for a fellowship in global media studies.
Meet the current Postdoctoral Fellows in International Humanities.