Postdoc Associate in Humanities

Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences

United States

Postdoc Associate (Humanities Scholars Program)

Call for Applications (Cornell PhD candidates and recent Cornell PhDs ONLY) 

The Humanities Scholars Program, an undergraduate research initiative in Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences, invites applications from Cornell PhD candidates and recent PhDs for one-year postdoctoral fellowship positions beginning August 1, 2021. The fellowship offers a stipend of $58,000. Two Postdoctoral Fellows will be appointed. 
The Humanities Scholars program seeks scholars who have completed a PhD in any discipline, including the humanities, interpretive social sciences, and the creative arts; we also welcome scholars who conduct interdisciplinary research that transcends traditional disciplines. All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience performing scholarly research. 
The Postdoctoral Fellows will be selected based on their research’s promise for cultivating interdisciplinary exchange, nurturing collaboration across academic disciplines, and building upon existing disciplinary contributions to the humanities, broadly conceived. We seek candidates who are eager to develop their skills in undergraduate pedagogy, focusing in particular on guiding and mentoring undergraduates through the process of developing and researching humanistic questions. 
We anticipate that the Postdoctoral Fellows will teach one course per year, likely to be one section of SHUM 2750 Introduction to the Humanities in the spring term. As well, they will organize and support a regular schedule of events such as peer-to-peer workshopping of work-in-progress, workshops in oral presentation skills, careers in humanities, and other professional training, and regular coffee hours, lunches, and informal gatherings with faculty and graduate students. The successful candidate will work closely with the director and program manager to develop a schedule of events to integrate the Humanities Scholar Program students with events occurring across campus in the humanities. 

Eligibility Requirements 

Applicants eligible for the Humanities Scholars Program Postdoctoral Fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year include scholars holding PhDs from Cornell and Cornell PhD candidates who complete(d) the PhD degree between January 1, 2019 and July 31, 2021. Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair stating that all degree requirements for the PhD will be completed by July 31, 2021. Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible, and they may propose research projects in any discipline. International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility. 

Application Procedures

The following application materials must be submitted via Academic Jobs Online, by February 1, 2021. 

1. Cover page (generated via your AJO account): 
  • Full name and netID
  • Date (or expected date) of PhD 
  • Department or field
  • Referees’ names and emails 

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Cover letter that details the candidate’s interest in the Humanities Scholars Program and why their experience makes them an appropriate candidate [2000 words max]

4. Syllabi from courses taught

5. Teaching statement that emphasizes different ways of teaching in the humanities [1000 words max]

6. Diversity statement [1000 words max]

7. One writing sample [30 pages max]

8. Letter of degree conferral if PhD not yet completed

9. Sent separately: Two letters of recommendation. Please ask referees to upload their letters directly through the link provided by Academic Jobs Online. Letters must be received on or before February 1, 2021.

Awards will be announced in March. 


Contact Julie McLean at  Also, if you need accommodations in order to complete the application, please contact Julie McLean at 
The Humanities Scholars Program fosters independent, interdisciplinary undergraduate research in the humanities, and provides a supportive community, through a series of curated courses, structured mentorship, special programming, and research opportunities and funding. The Humanities Scholars Program will soon be accepting applications from current sophomores. Faculty director Durba Ghosh, professor of history at Cornell University, leads the cohort of accepted students. 
The Society for the Humanities was established at Cornell University in 1966 to support research and teaching in the humanities. It is intended to be at once a research institute, a stimulus to educational innovation, and a continuing society of scholars. The Society and its Fellows have fostered path-breaking interdisciplinary dialogue and theoretical reflection on the humanities at large. Humanities Scholars Program Postdoctoral Fellows will share an office in the A.D. White House, which also houses Society Fellows. HSP postdocs are invited to attend all of the Society’s events and participate in the Society’s weekly Fellows seminar and luncheon.

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