Open Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Environmental Humanities

Northwestern University

Deadline: December 15, 2013

The deadline has passed--no additional applications will be accepted.


The Environmental Policy and Culture Program and the Alice Kaplan Humanities Institute invite applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Environmental Humanities, to run from September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2016. Applications are welcome from scholars who study the environment from a humanities perspective (analyzing, for instance, environmental history; ecological interface and the built environment; ecological/ecocritical approaches to literature; animal studies, green studies, or cultural approaches to water and air; environmental justice and/or ethics and sustainability). The Fellow’s appointment may span the Environmental Policy and Culture Program, the Kaplan Humanities Institute and a department in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work falls within one or more of the following fields: Art History, Art Theory and Practice, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Literary Studies, Philosophy, or Religious Studies. The Fellow must be prepared to teach courses that reflect expertise both in studies of the environment and in another substantive field. Candidates must complete all Ph.D. requirements before September 1, 2014. 


The fellow will pursue a program of independent scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor and will teach two undergraduate courses each year (typically one seminar and one lecture course) over the course of the three-quarter-long teaching year. The fellow will also give one public lecture per year, sponsored by the Environmental Policy and Culture Program. This position is a two-year, full-time fellowship with benefits.


Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, research statement of the project to be undertaken during the fellowship period, writing sample of 35-50 pages, and a sample syllabus for one upper-division undergraduate course. Graduate school transcripts as well as three letters of recommendations (including one letter from the dissertation advisor) should be forwarded as part of the application. In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by December 15, 2013.


Application checklist:

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vita

• Research statement of the project to be undertaken during the fellowship perio (2-3 pages)

• Writing sample of 35-50 pages

• A sample syllabus for one upper-division undergraduate course

• Graduate school transcripts

• Three letters of recommendation, including one letter from the dissertation advisor. (Recommenders will upload these directly to the WCAS interface--applicants are asked provide email addresses of recommenders on the application.)

Application deadline: December 15, 2013


Candidates must complete all Ph.D. requirements before September 1, 2014. 

Salary information:

Salary is competetive to other Post-Doctoral Fellowship positions in this field.

Administrative questions not addressed on the webpage should be directed to For more information about departments or programs at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, see

AA/EOE: Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.


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