Text Box: Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows Program  2009 - 2010   THE BILL AND CAROL FOX CENTER FOR HUMANISTIC INQUIRY  EMORY UNIVERSITY

 

Deadline for Applications: February 26, 2009
  Announcement of Awards: Mid-April, 2009

The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry announces up to three annual Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellowships for an academic year of study, teaching, and residence in the Center. The purpose of the FCHI Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows Program is to stimulate and support humanistic research by providing scholars in early stages of their careers with the necessary time, space, and other resources. In addition, the Program was created to allow the Emory community access to a range of humanistic work by visiting scholars from other institutions.

An essential feature of the Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows Program is that Fellows are expected to make intellectual contributions not only within the Center but, more widely, to humanistic studies at Emory University. Thus Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows will be expected to offer an upper-level undergraduate course on a subject of their choice during the spring of their fellowship year.

Junior Fellows are scholars who, at the beginning of the fellowship year, will be at least three years beyond receipt of the Ph.D., and normally no more than ten (i.e., those who received their Ph.D.s before Fall 2006).

Post-Doctoral Fellows, who must have the Ph.D. in hand before the submission of their applications, are awarded to those who have held the Ph.D. for no more than three years before receiving the fellowship.

Stipends of $40,000 will be offered to Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows. In addition, a research budget of $2,000 will be made available to each Fellow, along with shared office space in the Center and access to the Emory University Libraries. The Ph.D. must be awarded before the application deadline of February 26, 2009.

ELIGIBILITY

The FCHI Fellows Program is designed to offer research opportunities both to those trained in the humanities as traditionally defined and to others working with humanistic issues. Research projects must be humanistic, but fellows may hold the Ph.D. in any discipline. Especially appropriate are applicants whose research is likely to contribute to intellectual exchange among a diverse group of scholars within the disciplines of the humanities.

Because the FCHI is a residential center, its intellectual life depends on collegial interaction. Fellows will be expected to be in residence full-time during both terms of the regular academic year and to take an active part in the life of the FCHI, as well as in the intellectual life of the larger University. Since a primary purpose of the Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows Program is to create a diverse community of scholars in residence at the Center as well as to introduce Emory University to promising work beyond its walls, preference will be given to applicants who are not now currently affiliated with Emory.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applications will be judged on the promise and significance of the proposed research project, in relation to the applicant’s own work and that of other scholars; the intellectual distinction of the applicant’s previous work; the applicant’s ability to engage in collegial interactions that will substantively contribute to the FCHI and to the University; and the contributions that the applicant’s proposed course will make to the College.

Evaluators will look for applicants and projects that will benefit from and contribute to the interdisciplinary nature of the group of Fellows and the work of the FCHI. They will also be seeking variety and balance among the disciplines represented at the Center.

For further information, please contact The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry:

FCHI
Emory University
1715 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
(zipcode changes to 30307 for courier deliveries)
404-727-6424
E
mail: chi@emory.edu

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS  

The FCHI Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows Program is designed to offer research opportunities both to members of humanities departments as traditionally defined and to other scholars working with humanistic issues. Research projects must be humanistic, but the Ph.D.s and academic appointments of Fellows may be in any subject or department.

In ascertaining the eligibility of their projects, potential applicants might find useful the definition offered in the Act that set up the National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities: “The humanities include, but are not limited to, the following fields: history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, archeology, jurisprudence, history and criticism of the arts, ethics, comparative religion, and those aspects of the social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches. This last category includes cultural anthropology, sociology, political theory, international relations, and other subjects concerned with questions of value….”

Especially appropriate are applicants whose research is likely to contribute to intellectual exchange among a diverse group of scholars within the disciplines of the humanities.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Completed applications should consist of:   (specific instructions to follow)

  1. FCHI Application Cover Sheet/Funding Worksheet    
  2. Project Abstract and Interdisciplinary Statement
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Description of Project
  5. Timeline for Project
  6. Course Description Worksheet
  7. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation   
  8. If applicable, letter from applicant’s department chair indicating approval of plans for leave

All supporting documents must be double-spaced. Please use 12-point type, and leave margins of at least 1 inch on all sides. Proposals that exceed the specified limits will not be considered.

SUBMISSION

Please submit all documents directly via email to chi@emory.edu. You may send all your documents in one attachment, or you may send one email with multiple attachments. The email subject line should read: Applicant: (your last name). Please do not email any documents until your application package is complete.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009 @ 4:00pm (EST) IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS AND ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials, including letters of recommendation, reach the FCHI by the 26 February 2009 deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered after the deadline.

Awards will be announced in mid-April 2009.

SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS

1. FCHI Application Cover Sheet and Funding Worksheet: Please complete the FCHI Application Cover Sheet and Funding Worksheet. A completed Funding Worksheet must accompany all applications. Previous funding for related projects may be taken into consideration when the application is reviewed and may influence FCHI funding. Please do not email/send any documents until your application package is complete.
Application Cover Sheet and Funding Worksheet

2. Project Abstract and Interdisciplinary Statement: Both should be double spaced and both should be strictly limited to 100 words or less each. In the Interdisciplinary Statement, applicants should indicate how residency at an interdisciplinary humanities research center would enhance their work.

3. Curriculum Vitae: No more than 3 pages should be submitted.

4. Description of Project (1000 words maximum, double spaced): Applicants should describe the specific research planned for the period of the FCHI Fellowship, explaining the basic humanistic ideas, problems, or questions to be explored. Included should be explanations of the objectives and significance of the project, and the methodology to be employed.

This description should make clear any preliminary work already completed, the present state of the proposed research, and any stages to be completed after the FCHI Fellowship ends. Applicants should detail the expected results of research during the Fellowship period, including the ultimate forms of public presentation of their results (books, journal articles, lectures, papers, editions, etc.).

5. Timeline for Project: A one-page outline of plans and goals for the project during the Fellowship year, including expected dates of completion for each, should be included. Applicant should be as precise as possible about activities during the Fellowship period. Please remember that Fellows are expected to be in residence at the FCHI full-time each semester.

6. Course Description Worksheet: Besides the opportunity for individual research and writing, FCHI Junior and Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to promote an exchange of ideas among the Fellows during their time in the Center, as well as to encourage interactions between the Fellows and the Emory community. Thus Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows are expected to offer an upper-level undergraduate course on a subject of their choice during the spring of their fellowship year.

The Fellows’ courses will be offered in the College curriculum under IDS 385, Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies. Applicants should include the title, a short course description of no more than 20 lines, texts to be used, and any departments or programs with which the course might be cross-listed.

7. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters should be submitted directly to FCHI. Please send a copy of “Information for Referees” to your three letter writers, along with a copy of your proposal. All supporting letters must be received via mail, fax, or email by Thursday, February 26, 2009.
 Letter for Referees

8. Department Chair’s Letter Approving Leave – required for applicants who currently hold academic appointments elsewhere.

Please contact Keith Anthony, FCHI Associate Director, at 404-727-6424 or by email at keith.anthony@emory.edu if you have questions about the Program.

The FCHI regrets that currently it is not able to provide any assessments of unsuccessful applications.

ELIGIBILITY

Because the Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows Program was established in part to create a diverse community of scholars in residence at the Center as well as to introduce Emory University to promising work beyond its walls, currently preference will be given to applicants who are not now affiliated with Emory.

ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURES

Upon notification of a FCHI Junior and Post-Doctoral Fellows Program Award, recipients must agree to:

(a) conduct research in residence full-time at the FCHI for the academic year;

(b) take full responsibility for contributing to and maintaining an environment conducive to academic research while at the Center;

(c) submit a final report of progress at the end of the Fellowship;

d) acknowledge the FCHI in all work resulting from research and writing during the Fellowship;  

(e) teach an undergraduate course in the spring term of the Fellowship year;

(f) attend all Fellows’ lunches, lectures and programs sponsored by the FCHI during their terms of residence;

(g) immediately notify the FCHI of any other support or of any conflicts with the restrictions and conditions of this Fellowship Program;

(h) for three years following the Fellowship, provide written reports to the Director of the FCHI detailing how their teaching and research has been influenced by the time spent during the Fellowship;

(i) if applicable, return to their Emory University positions for the year immediately following their Fellowship.

PLEASE NOTE:

If you accept another fellowship before notification about the FCHI Program, please notify the FCHI as soon as possible.

If for any reason a Fellow’s circumstances change (such as Sabbatical Leave, Leave Without Pay, or the receipt of any grant or award that conflicts with the conditions of this Fellowship), and the grantee is unable to use the Fellowship during the academic year for which it was granted, the Fellowship will be forfeited.

If the project involves human subjects, approval from the proper Emory College and University Committees is required before funds can be approved. For more information, please consult http://www.irb.emory.edu/

CHECKLIST FOR SUBMISSION

Please submit all documents directly via email to chi@emory.edu. You may send all your documents in one attachment, or you may send one email with multiple attachments. The email subject line should read: Applicant: (your last name). Please do not email any documents until your application package is complete, with the exception of the Letters of Recommendation.

Completed applications should consist of:

  1. FCHI Application Cover Sheet/Funding Worksheet    
  2. Project Abstract and Interdisciplinary Statement
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Description of Project
  5. Timeline for Project
  6. Course Description Worksheet
  7. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation  
  8. If applicable, letter from applicant’s department chair indicating approval of plans for leave

Please note that the three Letters of Recommendation (#7) will be submitted on your behalf under separate cover. However, all materials pertaining to your application must be received by the February 26, 2009 deadline.

If you have any questions or problems regarding electronic submission, please email us at chi@emory.edu or call us at 404.727.6424.

 

Deadline for Applications: February 26, 2009