Application Deadline: November 15, 2023.
During the 10-month academic year 2024-25, the program theme will be “Colonial Residues.” Colonialism is frequently evoked today as a root cause of global inequity or, in some jarring instances, nostalgic celebration. In both the “new” states and the “old” ones that reluctantly let them go, colonialism’s many impacts are ubiquitous—its traces often tangible and measurable, shaping political regimes and socioeconomic wellbeing while also determining whose stories are told and by whom; whose achievements are celebrated and how; and whose resources are used, removed, or polluted. Even when not immediately visible, colonial residues are arguably present, much like the microplastics that now pervade air, water, and earth.
PIRS therefore invite applications from scholars whose work expands our understanding of this phenomenon. Applicants may address any region of the world, past and present, and may be from any disciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences. The hope is that we will enable a truly exceptional set of international scholars to come together to interrogate today’s colonial residues beyond the traditional binary of colony and metropole, asking how they may be apprehended, and if there might not even be scalable solutions for our common future.
- Early-career scholars will be appointed at the rank of Visiting Research Scholar. Eligible are scholars who received their Ph.D. or equivalent generally no earlier than September 1, 2014.
- Early-career applicants must hold a faculty appointment, a professional research appointment, or be established independent scholars outside the United States at the time of application, to which they are expected to return at the conclusion of the fellowship.
- Fellowships will be awarded to candidates who have already demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise but are still at the beginning of their careers. Criteria for the fellowship include the strength of the candidate’s research projects, the relationship of those projects to the program’s theme, the candidate’s previous scholarly work, the candidate’s ability to contribute to the intellectual life and intellectual exchange of the program, and the candidate’s work experience outside the United States. The selection committee is looking to establish a cohort of fellows whose work represents diverse analytical approaches and disciplinary backgrounds and addresses a wide variety of regions.
- All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The following items must be submitted by the applicant, in English, by November 15, 2023 (11:59 p.m. ET):
- Submit application to: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/31841
- Cover letter (1.5 pages maximum)
- Curriculum Vitae (including publications)
- Research proposal (maximum of 3 pages, single spaced)
- One writing sample (article or book chapter, maximum of 50 pages)
- For those applicants with a faculty appointment or a professional research appointment, an official letter from the applicant’s current employer affirming that, should an offer be made, the applicant would be permitted to accept it and to spend the academic year at Princeton University. If an independent scholar, then a note stating this status must be uploaded.
- The names and email addresses for three referees, who will be contacted automatically by the online application system with an invitation to upload their letter of recommendation to the system by the application deadline.
**Please note: all letters of reference should be submitted by your referees before the November 15, 2023 deadline**
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