SSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Social Science Research Council and Mellon Foundation Create New Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research: Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections

The Social Science Research Council has announced a pilot postdoctoral fellowship program that will support transregional research under the rubric Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections.

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the new program is designed to strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies in the United States.

The fellowships will help junior scholars (those at the postdoctoral stage, one to seven years out of the Ph.D.) complete first books and/or undertake second projects. In addition to funding research, the program will create networks and shared resources to support fellows well beyond the grant period.

The intellectual thrust of the pilot project will be the re-conceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Proposals submitted for the fellowship competition should bear upon processes that connect places and peoples (such as migration, media, and resource flows) as well as those that reconfigure local and trans-local contexts (such as shifting borders, urbanization, and social movements). The broad focus of the program is intended to advance transregional research as well as to establish structures for linking scholars across disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences.

The fellowship program is open to all disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Fellows must be affiliated with a U.S.-based institution for the duration of the fellowship term. There are no citizenship requirements.

Fifteen fellowships will be awarded over the two-year course of the pilot program. Fellowships will be awarded for up to $45,000 for a twelve-month period.

Visit the SSRC Web site for complete program information, an FAQ, and application procedures.

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