Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of Pittsburgh embraces diversity and inclusion, “Help[ing] to attract and retain a diverse regional population and University community through the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.” It advances educational excellence by “Enrich[ing] the student experience through engagement with diverse cultures and perspectives,” and it strengthens the Pitt community by “Reinforcing the value of diversity, inclusion, and global perspective as essential to advancing our teaching, research, and community engagement and to enriching the overall student experience.”

Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Postdoctoral Fellowship program focuses on the purpose of enhancing diversity among the School’s research and instructional ranks, and among faculty in the nation’s educational landscape. Diversity of experience, composition, and intellectual fields increases creativity, innovation, and the exchange of ideas and ultimately advances the academic mission of the University. The Dietrich School offers three Dietrich School Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and two in the social sciences (in the Department of Sociology and the Department of History) for two years, starting in August 2018. 

Fellows will teach one course each semester, advance their scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual communities of the units with which they are affiliated and across the Dietrich School.  Within the Dietrich School, rich opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange are available in the Humanities Center, the World History Center and in a number of vibrant multidisciplinary programs.

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $47,476.08, a $4,000 annual research/travel allowance, and a $1,500 one-time moving allowance. The University provides a relatively comprehensive package of fringe benefits, including medical insurance, participant-paid dental and vision insurance, life insurance, eligibility to participate in the University’s tuition scholarships program, and a retirement plan allowing personal tax deferral to TIAA/CREF with no University match.  Fellows have access to additional benefits which currently include: University libraries and recreational facilities, computing and networking services, and fare-free public transportation.

We invite applications from qualified candidates who have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the PhD degree, including any oral defense, by March 1, 2018.  Individuals who completed all such requirements before June 1, 2016 are ineligible.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon having the PhD degree in-hand prior to the appointment, acquiring all proper visas (for international fellows), and certification of English language proficiency.

Application process

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dissertation table of contents
  • Two-page statement of research interests outlining the goals of the research you will undertake during the term of the fellowship
  • Two-page statement of teaching interests and philosophy
  • One-to-two page diversity statement, in which you share how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence
  • Writing sample or excerpt of no more than 20 pages including references and appendices.
  • Course proposal including the subject area, a brief syllabus and proposed methods for a 15-week course directed towards advanced undergraduate or graduate students
  • Three letters of recommendation (Applicants must submit the names and e-mail addresses of three recommenders via the application page.  Each recommender will receive an e-mail prompt with a link to upload the letter; applicants will receive a confirmation email as each letter is uploaded.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to coordinate with recommenders so that they have ample time to upload after the applicant submits his or her application.  Letters will not be accepted by direct e-mail or postal mail, nor will they be accepted after February 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. EST. Applicants who use Interfolio’s online application delivery system need to apply several days before the deadline to ensure that letters arrive on time. Any applicant who has not completed the PhD at the time of application should request that at least one recommender confirm his/her expected oral defense date (if any) and graduation date in his/her reference letter.

Applicants may only apply for a single position below:

  • Department of History: Race and Inequality in America
  •  Department of Sociology: Human Rights and Cities: Linking Local and Global
  • Humanities Center
    • Classics
    • Communication
    • East Asian Languages and Literatures
    • English
    • French and Italian Languages and Literatures
    • Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
    • German
    • Hispanic Languages and Literatures
    • History and Philosophy of Science
    • History of Art and Architecture
    • Linguistics
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Slavic Languages and Literatures
    • Theatre Arts 
Application date
16 Feb 2018
Duration
2 years
Country
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Demography Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 2 years
Grants available
5
Award granted
US$ 50.000
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