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Upcoming Deadlines

  • 28 Jun. 2018: Waseda University (JPN) - Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Humanities
  • 19 Jul. 2018: University of Birmingham (UK:Eng) - Research Fellow
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (Nominations): Harvard University (USA:MA) - Harvard Society of Fellows: Junior Fellowships
  • 22 Aug. 2018: Princeton University (NJ) - Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 2 Sept. 2018: Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ISR) - Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2019–2022
  • 11 Sept. 2018 (US Deadline): VolkswagenStiftung and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (DEU / USA) - VW / Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019-2020
  • 25 Sept. 2018: University of Michigan (MI) - Michigan Society of Fellows
  • 8 Oct. 2018: University of Michigan (USA:MI) - 2019-20 Yiddish Fellowship
  • 15 Oct. 2018: University of Pennsylvania (USA:PA) - Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2019-2020

Postdoctoral Positions

Harvard University (USA:MA) - Harvard Society of Fellows: Junior Fellowships - Nomination Deadline: 10 Aug. 2018

Candidates are nominated for Junior Fellowships, generally by those under whom they have studied. Application are not accepted from the candidates themselves. A letter of nomination should include an assessment of the candidate’s work and promise, i.e. a full letter of recommendation, and also provide complete contact information for the candidate, including current residential address and email address, and the names, mailing addresses, and email addressed of three additional people who agree to write letters of recommendation by the date requested when they are contacted by the Society. Men and women interested in any field of study are eligible for these fellowships. Nominees should be of the highest caliber of intellectual achievement, i.e. comparable to the most successful candidates for junior faculty positions at leading universities.

Upon receipt of the mailed nomination, the Society will request letters of recommendation from the referees listed, and ask the candidate to submit samples of written work (dissertation chapters, articles, papers) along with a one or two-page proposal describing the studies he or she would like to pursue while a Junior Fellow.

  • The Society will request that the three additional letters of recommendation be submitted electronically – not by email, but through a link, which we will provide in our correspondence with the referees. After receipt of the nomination, the referees will be contacted by our office both by regular mail and email and asked to submit their letters within three weeks of the date of our email. (This is why full and accurate email addresses are necessary to process the nomination.) Instructions for uploading letters will be provided to each referee, along with a password to enter the secure site.
  • Our communication with the candidate will request that written materials be submitted both electronically through a link to our submission portal and by mail or express mail within three weeks from the date of our initial email contact. Full instruction for uploading the C.V., list of publications, research proposal, and three samples of work will be provided, along with a password to enter the secure site.
  • The candidate is requested to provide official transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate records. (Ideally, transcripts should be forwarded directly to the Society from the universities/institutions involved; however, candidates who have who have sealed transcripts may submit them with their mailed materials.)

On the basis of the materials submitted, the Senior Fellows select a certain number of candidates for interview. It is from this number that the final selection is made. The Society pays the traveling expenses of those candidates interviewed.

Please note: if still pursuing the Ph.D., candidates should be at the dissertation stage of their theses and be prepared to finish their degrees within a year of becoming fellows. If already a recipient of the degree, they should not be much more than a year past the Ph.D. at the time the fellowship commences. Most Junior Fellows receive the Ph.D. just prior to the start of the fellowship.

  • The deadline for receiving nomination for Junior Fellowships that begin July 1, 2019 is Friday, August 10, 2018. No nomination will be accepted with a postmark past the deadline. Nomination will not be accepted by email. All letters should be sent to: The Society of Fellows, Harvard University, 78 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ISR) - Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2019–2022 - Deadline: 2 Sept. 2018

  • The Mandel Fellowships are intended for scholars, from Israel and abroad, who have shown exceptional excellence, depth, and originality, and whose research may enrich academic and cultural discourse.
  • Applications will be accepted from candidates who completed their doctoral degrees no earlier than October 1, 2014. Candidates who have not yet completed their degrees may apply if they have submitted their dissertations by September 2, 2018. If awarded the fellowship, their acceptance will be conditional upon approval of their doctoral degrees by April 1, 2019.
  • Mandel Scholars engage in research in optimal conditions and teach one annual course (2 hours per week). Teaching in English is possible.
  • Mandel Scholars receive approximately 150,000 NIS per year in addition to a research budget.
  • The fellowship is for three years, beginning October 1, 2019. There is an option for a two- or one-year tenure.
  • Scholars are selected on a competitive basis with no preference for a specific field of study in the humanities or Jewish studies.
  • Terms of the Fellowship
  • Mandel Scholars will devote their time to research and are not allowed to work elsewhere, apart from teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Mandel Scholars are each allotted an office in the Mandel Building on Mount Scopus, where they are to carry out their ongoing research at least four days a week. Scholars will also engage in the Center's joint activities, approximately once a month.
  • The fellowship begins on October 1, 2019 and ends on September 30, 2022. Fellows will submit reports on their research at the end of each academic year (by July 15) and in the middle of the second year (by January 15). Reports should focus on the fellow’s research progress during the period reviewed and research goals for the next period.
  • The Center’s academic committee is authorized to terminate a fellowship at the end of the first or second year, if the aforementioned terms (sections 1-3) are not met.
  • The Fellowship is subject to the Hebrew University’s postdoctoral regulations
  • Submission Procedure: Applications are to be submitted via the Humanities section of Hebrew University’s Scholarship System according to the instructions provided there.
  • Please note! the applications system will close on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at 23:59 (Israeli time)
  • Applicants must submit:
  • Online application form
  • Curriculum vitae – up to two pages
  • List of publications
  • Statement of purpose – Please describe, in up to two pages, your academic research goals and intentions for the next couple of years. In your statement, please explain, inter alia, the relationship of your project to your doctoral work and whether it is feasible to pursue it in Jerusalem.
  • Academic writing – Please upload an academic publication or writing sample, up to thirty pages long.
  • Dissertation abstract – up to two pages
  • Two letters of recommendation – Please ask two scholars who know you and your work to submit letters of recommendation, by Sept. 2, according to the guidelines and instructions given on the online system.
  • Selection Process: In mid-November 2018, shortlisted candidates from Israel and abroad will be invited to come to Jerusalem to be interviewed by the Center’s Academic Committee on Thursday, December 27, 2018.

Princeton University (USA:NJ) - Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences - Deadline: 22 August 2018

The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2019-22 fellowship competition. Four fellowships will be awarded:

Two Open Fellowships in any discipline represented in the Society
One Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
One Fellowship in LGBT Studies

Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship pertinent to their research and teaching. Please see the Society’s website for fellowship details, eligibility, disciplines and application.

Appointed in the Humanities Council and academic departments, postdoctoral fellows pursue their research, attend weekly seminars and teach half-time as lecturers for a term of three years. In each of the first two years, fellows teach one course each semester; in their third year, only one course. The salary for 2019-2020 will be approximately $88,800. Fellows must reside in or near Princeton during the academic year.

Applicants holding the Ph.D. at the time of application must have received the degree after January 1, 2017. Applicants not yet holding the Ph.D. must have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation - approximately half - at the time of application. Successful candidates must fulfill all requirements for the Ph.D., including filing of the dissertation, by June 15, 2019. Candidates for/recipients of doctoral degrees in Education, Jurisprudence and from Princeton University are not eligible. Applicants may apply only once to the Princeton Society of Fellows.

Selection is based on exceptional scholarly achievement and evidence of unusual promise, range and quality of teaching experience, and potential contributions to an interdisciplinary community. The Society of Fellows seeks a diverse and international pool of applicants, and especially welcomes those from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • You can apply for this position online at
  • Applicants are asked to submit an online application by August 22, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST).

University of Birmingham (UK:Eng) - Research Fellow - Deadline: 19 Jul. 2018

  • Full Time Fixed term for 3 years starting January 2019
  • The Department of Theology and Religion seeks to appoint a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the ERC-funded project ‘Creating an Alternative umma: Clerical Authority and Religio-political Mobilisation in Transnational Shii Islam (ALTERUMMA)’ project, led by Professor Oliver Scharbrodt. This interdisciplinary project investigates the transformation of Shii Islam in the Middle East and Europe since the 1950s. The research fellow will investigate the role of exilic and diasporic networks and their hubs (e.g. Kuwait, Damascus, London etc.) in the transnational mobilisation of Twelver Shii communities in the last 50 years.
  • The research fellow will have PhD on a topic related to thematic remit of the post (e.g. transnational religio-political activism in the contemporary Middle East), a very good command of Arabic, a high level analytical capability, as well as a demonstrated ability to work independently to the very highest levels of research excellence.
  • The Department of Theology and Religion has an outstanding international reputation in the study of all types of religion in the contemporary world, including inter-cultural theology, textual studies, pentecostal and charismatic studies, inter-religious relations, Islamic studies and Quaker studies. The department came second in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and is home to a number of important research groups and projects. As a member of Department, the research fellow will join a lively and flourishing department where they will enjoy opportunities for intellectual and other leadership in a collegiate and highly ambitious research community.
  • Further information about the project:
  • This is a full-time post with duration of three years, with an anticipated start date of January 2019.
  • Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.
  • To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below; please quote Job Reference 59423 in all enquiries. Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000 or visit
  • Informal enquiries should be directed to Oliver Scharbrodt at

University of Michigan (USA:MI) - 2019-20 Yiddish Fellowship - Deadline: 8 Oct. 2018

  • Fellowship Opportunity
  • Theme 2019-2020: Yiddish Matters
  • The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan provides residential fellowships for scholars to conduct research around an annual theme. We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 theme, “Yiddish Matters.”
  • Applications are encouraged from scholars of all ranks (Ph.D. required) working on topics that fit under the increasingly broad rubric of Yiddish studies. Topics can include, but are not limited to, the historical development of the Yiddish language; the role and position of Yiddish within Jewish communities around the world; literary, cinematic, theatrical, comedic and/or musical productions in and about Yiddish; Yiddish journalism; the practice and theory of translation from and into Yiddish; institutions focused on preserving and disseminating Yiddish culture; the role of Yiddish in modern Jewish political ideologies; and Yiddish in relation to other world languages.
  • The major goal of the Frankel Institute is to provide an intellectually stimulating environment, promote an atmosphere of openness, and encourage constructive criticism. It seeks to advance Jewish Studies globally and considers diversity and pluralism as fundamental characteristics of a public university and emphasizes such principles in all endeavors. Additionally, the Institute offers a broad range of events to the public, including lectures, symposia, art exhibitions, and musical performances.
  • Applications due 8 Oct 2018.

University of Michigan (MI) - Michigan Society of Fellows - Deadline: 25 Sept. 2018

The Michigan Society of Fellows, under the auspices of the Rackham Graduate School, was established in 1970 with endowment grants from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. Each year the Society selects outstanding applicants for appointment to three-year fellowships in the social, physical, and life sciences, the humanities, and in the professional schools.

The Society invites applications from qualified candidates who are at the beginning of their academic careers, having received the Ph.D. or comparable professional or artistic degree between June 1, 2016 and September 1, 2019. Applications from degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan will not be considered. Non-US citizens may apply.

Each Fellow has a three-year appointment as Assistant Professor in an affiliated department of the University and a three-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Society of Fellows. This appointment is not tenure-track. The current annual stipend is $60,000. Fellows are eligible for participation in the University health, dental, and life insurance programs. Each fellow is expected to teach the equivalent of one academic year, i.e., a total of two terms during the period of the fellowship. Any subsequent appointment of a Fellow to a position at the University of Michigan would be subject to the rules governing new appointments.

Fellows are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor for the academic years of appointment (September to May) and to participate in the activities of the Society of Fellows. Off-campus research leave during academic terms will be permitted only in rare cases, only for brief periods of time, and only upon written application to the Chair of the Society well in advance of the proposed leave. Any leave granted will count as part of the fellowship tenure.

University of Pennsylvania (USA:PA) - Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2019-2020 (Theme: Kinship) - Deadline: 15 Oct. 2018

  • Five Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities are available for the 2019-2020 academic year on the general theme of KINSHIP. Open to untenured junior scholars holding a PhD (the only terminal degree eligible) who are no more than eight years out of their doctorate (received between December 2010 and December 2018). Research proposals from all humanistic disciplines and allied areas (e.g., anthropology, history of science) are eligible, except for educational curriculum-building and the performing arts (scholars of performing arts are eligible). Fellows teach one undergraduate course during the year in addition to conducting their research (must be in residence during fellowship year: August 1 - May 31). Stipend: $56,225 plus single-coverage health insurance and a $3,000 research fund.
  • Applications are accepted via secure online webform only. Do not email your application or c.v., or questions about whether proposed topic is viable. Those submissions and questions will not be considered. The committee cannot comment on the appropriateness of proposals in advance. A careful reading of the topic description and the application form itself generally answers most questions. Please also note that if you will defend your graduate thesis any time in 2019, you are not eligible to apply for this fellowship cycle, and no exceptions will be considered.
  • Full fellowship guidelines, 'KINSHIP' topic description, and downloadable application:
  • Application deadline: October 15, 2018.

Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania – Visiting Fellowship

The Herbert D. Katz Center at The University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the 2019–2020 academic year on the theme of The Jewish Home: Dwelling on the Domestic, the Familial, and the Lived-In.

The Katz Center will devote our 2019–2020 fellowship year to the home—to what happens inside Jewish homes and what connects those homes to life outside. We invite applications from scholars in any academic field who are seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life, including the very definition of home.

As an object of inquiry, the home has not one door but many. We are planning a year that will look into the Jewish home across many different thresholds/entryways and look back out from the home into the broader world. Relevant topics may include the history of domestic architecture and material culture, anthropological research into kinship, parenting, gender roles, and master-servant relationships; literary instantiations  of the home as an object of memory and imagination; representations of Jewish domesticity in the visual arts, including theater, film, and television; the analysis of Jewish law as it relates to family life and sex; the economics of consumption and display; the ritual study of the life cycle as it plays out in domestic contexts; and urban studies that approach the home as part of neighborhoods or larger social contexts, among others.

Eligible projects may be focused on the home in any period of Jewish history, extending from the four room houses of Iron Age Canaan to contemporary Jewish retirement communities. The year is also open to projects that may not be focused on the home per se but are helpful for understanding it, such as research on the history of privacy or the anthropology of childhood. The Center’s goal is to support individual projects, but it also seeks to develop an intellectually diverse cohort which means the ideal applicant will be one willing to learn from and work with scholars from other disciplines or focused on other periods.


The Katz Center invites applications from scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts at all levels. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or expect to receive their degree no later than August 2019.

An additional opportunity for 2019–2020: Israel Institute Fellowship

With funding from the Israel Institute and in partnership with Penn’s Jewish Studies Program, the Katz Center is offering a teaching fellowship in 2019–2020. Full details are available on our website.

Application opens: June 1, 2018

Application deadline: October 31, 2018

Announcement of fellowship recipients: March 31, 2019

Commencement of fellowship period: Variable, from September 2019 to May 2020

Duration of fellowship period: One semester (fall or spring) or full academic year

Please visit for more information about the Katz Center’s fellowship program and to access the online application portal.

VolkswagenStiftung and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (DEU / USA) - VW / Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019-2020 - US Deadline: 11 Sept. 2018

The VolkswagenStiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invite postdoctoral researchers in the humanities to apply for fellowships. The programme addresses young researchers (postdocs) in the humanities from the U.S. and Germany seeking to spend an academic year at a research institution in the respective other country.

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is one of 14 research institutions in Germany participating as a partner and host organization in this joint fellowship programme of the Volkswagen Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Applications must be written in English and submitted to the Volkswagen Foundation electronically via the online application system:

PDF version of the call for applications for the academic year 2019/20 here.

  • Application deadline for researchers from the U.S.: September 11, 2018. Application deadline for researchers from Germany: September 4, 2018

Waseda University (JPN) - Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Humanities - Deadline: 28 Jun. 2018

  • Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) was established in September 2006 to enable promising and talented researchers to focus on their research activities under fixed-term contracts in a rich research environment. Around 40 researchers have been working on advanced research in a wide range of themes and with no limitation as to field of study. The Institute is currently recruiting researchers for AY2019 as detailed below.
  • Recruitment Fields: Fields corresponding to Humanities
  • Position: Assistant Professor (without tenure) or Associate Professor (without tenure)
  • Period of Appointment: Three years from the date of appointment.
  • In principle, the start date is April 1, 2019.
  • Application Qualifications: Persons with a doctorate. It is desirable for the doctorate to have been obtained within 10 years of April 1, 2019; Persons who expect to obtain a doctorate by April 1, 2019; Persons with scholarly attainment equivalent to persons who have obtained a doctorate as of April 1, 2019, and who have research experience at a research institution
  • Research Theme: The Institute seeks to broadly recruit researchers who will undertake highly creative research projects that have the potential to identify issues for the future, and carve out new fields of study in the areas of Humanities. For further information, please visit our website.
  • Working Conditions (1) Waseda University will be the researcher’s primary place of employment (2) Place of Work: Waseda University, Tokyo Japan (3) Other working conditions will be in accordance with regulations of Waseda University
  • Salary: A salary will be paid in accordance with regulations concerning payment of salary of Waseda University.
  • Application Procedures: Complete Online Registration Form on the website (see below), and submit the application documents specified below through the online form. When the registration is successfully completed, a confirmation message will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the online form. Please make sure to use the application form specified below and note that the application documents cannot be accepted by e-mail, post or any procedure other than submitting through the Online Registration Form.
  • Application Documents: Curriculum Vitae, Research Plan (Please use the specified form.)
  • (1) First selection stage (document screening)
  • Applicants will be notified of selection results by e-mail in early August 2018.
  • (2) Second selection stage (document screening)
  • Applicants who pass the first stage should submit their principal research achievements (three or fewer, with three copies of each) and Letters of recommendation by the middle of August.
  • (3)Third selection stage (interview)
  • In early October 2018 (tentative)
  • Applicants who pass the second stage will be notified of further information by one week before the interview date.
  • Travel expenses to the interview (at Waseda University) are to be borne by the applicant.
  • (4) Notification of Results
  • December 2018 (tentative)
  • June 4: Interesting - FAQs say that salary varies according to position ~and~ age.