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Call for Applications: UCLA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Nov 15 all-day

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of California, Los Angeles, a Sawyer Seminar grant for the theme, Sanctuary Spaces: Reworlding Humanism. Led by Professors Ananya Roy, Leisy Abrego, Gaye Theresa Johnson, and Maite Zubiaurre, the seminar will support the gathering of a diverse range of scholars, artists, and activists from different disciplines and theoretical traditions in shared inquiry. Such work, taking place over the course of a year, from Spring Quarter 2020 through Winter Quarter 2021, will include public events, faculty and graduate student reading groups, artistic performances and exhibitions, and academic and public scholarship.

Thinking across Europe and the United States, the UCLA Sawyer Seminar will examine sanctuary policies and practices at the scale of cities. Situated at the present historical moment of resurgent white nationalism and xenophobia, Sanctuary Spaces will cast a light on migration regimes and state power as well as on the forms of local and transnational activism that create spaces of refuge. With a critical lens around histories of colonial dispossession and racial capitalism, this seminar series is ultimately concerned with the place of racial others – the border-crosser, the asylum-seeker, the refugee — in the liberal democracies of the West. What are the terms of inclusion, integration, community, and hospitality through which protection is extended to such racial others and what are the enduring limits of such protection? How does a critical understanding of Western humanism make possible frameworks of redress, justice, and democracy that take account of colonialism and imperialism?

The Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, which will house the Sanctuary Spaces Sawyer Seminar invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to be in residence at the Institute for the entire duration of the fellowship and to be a core part of the seminar.  In addition to a research agenda that contributes directly to the Sanctuary Spaces Sawyer Seminar, the postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the faculty leaders to ensure the success of the year-long program. This will include convening faculty and graduate student reading groups, organizing public events in collaboration with university and community partners, mentoring graduate students, and conceptualizing, and contributing to, academic and public scholarship that disseminates the work of the Sanctuary Spaces Sawyer Seminar. Community partnerships are central to this endeavor and the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to build and deepen alliances in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

The Sanctuary Spaces postdoctoral fellowship will commence on January 1, 2020 and end on June 30, 2021. In order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must provide evidence of completion of a doctoral degree by December 31, 2019 and within the past 10 years and must have no more than 5 years of cumulative postdoctoral research experience, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.

Applicants must confirm that they will be in residence at UCLA during the entire duration of the fellowship. The postdoctoral fellowship will be supervised by Ananya Roy, Faculty Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, and will also be connected to other faculty mentors, identified by applicants, at UCLA. Salaries for postdoctoral fellowships are set by UCLA and details on appointment types and scales can be found here.

Click here to apply via the Institute’s website with the following materials:

  1. a full CV
  2. a 2-3 page statement outlining plans for postdoctoral research as well as potential contributions to the Sanctuary Spaces Sawyer Seminar
  3. a relevant publication or writing sample
  4. the names of, and contact information for, three references, including email addresses and phone numbers
  5. evidence of completion of doctoral degree by December 31, 2019 and within the past 10 years.

Applications must be completed by November 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. PST. References for short-listed applications will be contacted between November 15 and November 25, 2019.

Cuba Ethnographic Field School 2020
Nov 15 all-day

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria is organizing for another year the Cuba Ethnographic field school from July 13 to August 3, 2020.

This year’s theme is Audio-Vision in Revolution. While exploring audio-visual methodologies, participants will discover some of the unique contemporary cultural practices and social dynamics that characterize the biggest island in the Caribbean. The field school Contemporary Cuban Culture (ANTH 393) and Qualitative and Audio-Visual Field Methods in Ethnography (ANTH 395).

For more information and application package, please visit the Department of Anthropology’s website or contact the main organizer of the field school, Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier ([email protected]).

Application deadline: November 15, 2019

2020 Franklin Research Grants
Dec 2 all-day

Franklin Research Grants

This program of small grants to scholars is intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.

Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible to apply, but the Society is especially interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate.

From $1,000 to $6,000.

October 1, December 2; notification in January and March.


Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215) 440-3429; [email protected].

Website (for information and access to application portal)

Russell Sage Foundation: Pipeline Grants Competition
Dec 3 all-day

Russell Sage Foundation

*NEW* Pipeline Grants Competition

Applications Due: December 3, 2019


The Russell Sage Foundation has launched a new pipeline grants competition for early- and mid-career researchers in collaboration with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The competition seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. Early and mid-career faculty who have not previously received support from RSF in the form of a Trustee or Presidential research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF are eligible to apply. Please see the RFP for examples of research questions we are particularly interested in. 

Questions should be directed to Stephen Glauser, Program Officer, at [email protected]

Postdoctoral Training Program in the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics
Dec 10 all-day

The Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for the Postdoctoral Training Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics. The mission of this 3-year fellowship is to prepare scholars for success as creative, independent investigators in the field of ELSI research. Appointments will commence in Summer 2020. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must have received an MD, PhD, or equivalent prior to starting the fellowship. Scholars from historically underrepresented groups and scholars with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


Applications are due December 10, 2019.


To learn more and apply:

Contact Emily Walters at [email protected] with questions.

2020 M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund Dissertation Award
Dec 20 all-day

M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund
Dissertation Award
Call for Proposals


Due December 20, 2019


The M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund honors Dr. Smith’s vibrant personality and her dedication to scholarship, mentorship, and the application of social science knowledge to real world issues.  During her long career as an anthropologist, Estellie followed her intellectual curiosity through diverse subjects including Pueblo Indians, European societies, societal evolution, maritime anthropology, linguistics, and Portuguese communities.  A past president of SEA, Estellie is fondly remembered for her generous attention to students, to whom she provided critical and helpful advice.

To celebrate Estellie’s spirit of mentorship and concern for pressing world issues, the M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund provides graduate student awardees small grants specifically to supplement dissertation fieldwork expenses (typically, $2000) and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference (typically, $500).

Applicants must demonstrate how their research will address the field of economic anthropology as well as significant and pressing world issues, offering potential theoretical or applied advances that could make the world a better place particularly for vulnerable peoples.


  1. Any student enrolled in an anthropology (or allied field) doctoral program, regardless of citizenship or nation, is eligible for the award.
  2. Funds must be spent on travel, field, or lab expenses directly related to the student’s dissertation, as approved by their academic advisor and committee, and all applicants must be ABD by the time the research would be conducted. Status and eligibility should be reflected in letters of recommendation.
  3. The funds are not intended for predissertation fieldwork or language study. For those seeking such funds, please apply to the SEA’s Halperin Memorial Fund Award.


Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the award by providing the following materials prior to the deadline listed below. All materials should be submitted as a SINGLE PDF via email to sea.smithaw[email protected] by December 20, 2019.   Awards are will be announced in early February.

  1. Proposal Cover sheet – template available on SEA website under AWARDS
  2. Abstract (100 words)
  3. Project description, 500 words or less about research goals, itinerary, primary research tasks, potential outcomes
  4. 300 word discussion of how the research will address significant and pressing world issues, offering potential theoretical or applied advances in economic anthropology that could make the world a better place particularly for vulnerable peoples.
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. Letter of recommendation (included or under separate cover)
  7. Budget description, including detailed description of what this $2000 award will pay for; other sources of funding that the student has applied for, plans to apply for, or has received; and how remaining expenses will be covered.
  8. Before funds will be disbursed, the applicant must provide official documentation from their department of A.B.D. status (candidacy).


  • Recipients receive $2,000 for PhD research, issued upon acceptance of the award and notification to the Treasurer of the SEA.
  • Recipients receive a one-year membership in the Society for Economic Anthropology (for those already members of the American Anthropological Association).

Recipients receive $500 to supplement the costs of traveling to the SEA spring conference during the year following the research award to present a poster or paper on the dissertation research or background work

2019-20 ACLS Fellowship and Grant Competitions
Jan 8 all-day

The 2019-20 ACLS competitions are now open for programs with fall deadlines. ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote research across the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social science fields and support scholars from the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at

Application deadlines vary by program:

September 25, 2019, 9pm EDT 
*ACLS Fellowships (the central program, which includes several named awards and Project Development Grants)
*Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (including opportunities specifically for liberal arts college faculty)
*Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships

October 23, 2019, 9pm EDT
*Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art
*Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
*Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Fellowships for Scholars
*Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
*Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships

November 6, 2019, 9pm EST 
*Luce/ACLS Predissertation Travel Grants to China
*Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies
*Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants in China Studies
*Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society (grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences) – pending renewal of funding

November 13, 2019, 9pm EST
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations
*Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Collaborative Programming Grants

November 20, 2019, 9pm GMT
*African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships

January 8, 2020, 9pm EST
*ACLS Digital Extension Grants
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

2020 Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science Research Associate Appointments
Jan 15 all-day




Deadline: January 15, 2020

Eligibility: Individuals actively enrolled in a graduate program and individuals with a Masters or Doctorate in a relevant discipline. Applicants are welcome from any college or university worldwide. Independent scholars are also welcome to apply.

Former Research Associates must wait two (2) years before applying for a Post- or pre- Doctoral Fellowship. Exceptions to these basic eligibility requirements will be granted only in extraordinary cases.

Purpose: To conduct short-term, focused research at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as part of a program of research that addresses substantive problems pertaining to the ancient Greek world, or adjacent areas, through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences. Wiener Laboratory facilities are especially well equipped to support the study of human skeletal biology, archaeobiological remains (faunal and botanical), environmental studies, and geoarchaeology (particularly studies in human-landscape interactions and the study of site formation processes). Research projects utilizing other archaeological scientific approaches are also welcome, depending on the strength of the questions asked and the suitability of the plan for access to equipment and resources available elsewhere in Greece.

Term: Variable; up to nine (9) months with the next term beginning early September 2020. It is expected that the applicant will maintain a physical presence at the Wiener Laboratory during the tenure of the appointment. Contributions to the Athens-based ASCSA community during the tenure of the Research Associate appointment, in the form of seminars, colloquia, and workshops, participation in School field trips, or some combination of these and other activities, are encouraged.

Compensation: Stipend up to $7000 plus waiver of School fees. Fellow pays room and board.

Application: All requests for Wiener Laboratory funding must be filed through the ASCSA application portal ( ). Successful applicants for Wiener Laboratory funding will be automatically awarded either a Senior or Student Associate Membership in the ASCSA. Applicants for research associate appointments who are no longer enrolled in a graduate program must apply as Senior Associate Members. Applicants still enrolled in graduate programs must apply as Student Associate Members. Applicants must provide all information requested on the ASCSA Wiener Laboratory Fellowships form for all fields marked with a red asterisk (*). A complete application consists of:

  1. Cover sheet naming the applicant, current research interests, and title and brief summary of the proposed research project. Click here for a copy of the cover sheet:
  2. Project Description (max. 2 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt) including: objectives and expected significance, background and relation to present state of knowledge, research description, and timeframe. The main body of the proposal should be a clear statement of the research to be undertaken and must include:
  • Objectives, Significance and Background: Briefly describe the project’s major goals and their impact on the state of the field and how the proposed work relates to the present state of knowledge and discuss the progress made on this research to date by the applicant.
  • Research Description. Present a brief technical description of research plan for the overall research and a detailed presentation of what is to be accomplished during the tenure of the Research Associate appointment.
  • A plan of how the research questions will be addressed throughout the proposed duration of the Research Associate appointment. Applicants should discuss how the tenure of this appointment will advance on-going research and include a plan of publication/dissemination of the results.
  1. Results of prior Wiener Laboratory Research.  If the applicant has received Wiener Laboratory funding in the past, information on the prior award and its impact is required (no more than half a page, double spaced, Times New Roman 12pt).
  2. References cited
  • Reference information is required. Each reference must include the names of all authors in the same sequence in which they appear in the publication, the article title, book or journal title, volume number, page numbers and year of publication. Proposers should be especially careful to follow accepted scholarly practices in providing citations for source materials relied upon when preparing any section of the proposal. While there is no established page limitation, this section should include bibliographic citations only and should not be used to provide parenthetical information outside of the 2-page project description.
  1. Budget. Itemized research budget and justification of how requested funds relate to proposed research. Limit of $7000.
  2. Facilities, equipment, and other resources. Describe the facilities that are required to do the research, including any specialized equipment that is not available in Wiener Laboratory. Be specific about what resources you plan to use while at the Wiener Laboratory. If some experimental work will occur off-campus, explain how this will be achieved.
  3. Permits. Copies of permits(s) or letters from relevant authorities to study proposed materials, and copies of permission(s) from relevant excavation or project directors to study the proposed materials must be included in this application.
  4. Curriculum vitae consisting of (in this order): Name and contact information; educational history; employment history; short (50 word) description of research interests; up to 5 publications related to current research; up to 5 additional publications; up to 10 presentations; relevant experience; and other important activities (up to 250 words).
  5. One (1) letter of reference is required from a scholar in the field. The letter should comment on the value and feasibility of the project. The name, institutional affiliation and relationship of the referee to the applicant (if any) must be included in the application. Contact information for your referees must be provided on the ASCSA online application that is described below. Once the online application is submitted, the recommender will receive an automated email about how to submit their letter via the online application system. All recommendations are confidential.
  6. Expected contributions to and impact on the Wiener Laboratory and the ASCSA community

To view application instructions online:


Review Criteria:

  1. What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
  • How important is the proposed activity towards advancing knowledge and understanding within its field?
  • How well qualified to conduct the project is the applicant? (If appropriate, the quality of prior supported work will be reviewed.)
  • To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts?
  • How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?
  • Is there sufficient access to resources?
  1. What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
  • How well does the activity advance archaeological science in general?
  • Does it lead to an interdisciplinary approach?
  • Will the results enhance understanding issues of major archaeological importance and how broadly will they be disseminated?


For information contact Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas (Lab Director) at [email protected]


Web site: or

E-mail: [email protected]


The award will be announced by March 30.

2020 The Cotsen Traveling Fellowship for Research in Greece
Jan 15 all-day


Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Gennadius Library offers the Cotsen Traveling Fellowship, a short-term grant awarded each year to scholars and graduate students pursuing research topics that require the use of the Gennadeion  collections.

The grant was established by the Overseers of the Gennadius Library to honor Lloyd E. Cotsen, Chairman emeritus of the Overseers and benefactor of the Library.

Eligibility:  Senior scholars (PhD holders) and graduate students of any nationality.

Terms:  Stipend of $2,000. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. Fellowship does not include costs for School trips, room, or board. Requires residency in Athens of at least one month during the academic year from September 1 to June 1. The recipient is expected to take part in the activities of the Gennadius Library and the School as a whole in addition to pursuing research. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library.

Application:  Submit an online application. The application includes a curriculum vitae; project description (up to 750 words) describing the project and its relation to the Gennadius Library collections, proposed dates, and a brief budget (not more than one page). Applicants should arrange for submission of two letters of recommendation. For more information about the application,   visit: postdoctoral.

The award will be announced March 15.

2020 The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies at the Gennadius Library
Jan 15 all-day


Deadline: January 15, 2020


The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship, formerly known as the Gennadeion Fellowship in Post- Classical Studies, was named in honor of archaeologist, Byzantinist, and photographer M. Alison Frantz (1903–1995), a scholar of the post-classical Athenian Agora whose photographs of antiquities are widely used in books on Greek culture.

Fields of study: Late Antique through Modern Greek Studies, including but not limited to the Byzantine, Frankish, Post-Byzantine, and Ottoman periods.

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s (up to five years) from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Candidates should demonstrate their need to work in the Gennadius Library.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from early September to late May. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library.

Application: Submit an online application form for the “M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post- Classical studies at the Gennadius Library.” An application consists of a curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project (up to 750 words), and three letters of reference to be submitted online. Student applicants must submit transcripts. Scans of official transcripts are acceptable. For more information about the application, visit the ASCSA web site at:

The award will be announced by March 15.