2016-17 Rice Seminar | Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows

The Humanities Research Center hosts yearlong residential postdoctoral fellowships at Rice University for outstanding junior scholars. The program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, facilitate new research communities at Rice, and prepare junior scholars for future faculty positions. 

The Rice Seminars are designed to promote humanistic research, broadly understood. They bring together a select group of Rice faculty members, visiting scholars, and Rice graduate students to study a common theme from several disciplinary perspectives (funding is available to bring in outside speakers to present public talks, provide feedback, meet with the seminar participants, participate in a year-end conference, and otherwise engage with seminar participants and the broader Rice community). The most visible goal of the seminars is a scholarly publication to which all participants will contribute. Equally important but less visible is the creation of international and interdisciplinary scholarly communities that will outlive the seminars themselves. The topic of the Rice Seminars changes each year.

For a description of the 2016-17 Rice Seminar, Chronotopic Imaginaries: The City in Signs, Signals, and Scripts, please click here.

The position is for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Fellows receive a $50,000 salary, benefits eligibility, and an allowance for research and relocation to Houston. Primary obligations include an active participation in all aspects of the Rice Seminar and collaborating on spatial humanities projects currently underway at Rice. In addition, fellows will develop or continue their own research projects and give a presentation to colleagues at Rice. Fellows will also design and teach (or co-teach) two semester-long undergraduate courses, the topics of which will be determined in consultation with the HRC and/or appropriate department.

Applicants from any humanistic discipline or interdiscipline including, but not limited to, art history, architecture, computer science, geography, history, legal studies, library science, literary studies, or philosophy and whose research and teaching interests focus on issues related to spatial humanities are eligible to apply. Applicants must have received a PhD between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2016. 

Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There is no citizenship requirement or restriction for this fellowship. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply. 

Application Materials:

  • Letter of interest, outlining applicant’s interest in the topic of the 2016-17 Rice Seminar
  • Two page CV [please list the three references who will submit letters of recommendation by the January 4 deadline]
  • Research project abstract of no more than 200 words
  • Research project description of no more than 1000 words
  • Course proposal for a one-semester course for undergraduate students
  • Three letters of recommendation [to be emailed directly to melba@rice.edu by the January 4 deadline]

Submission Instructions: Click here.

Contact: Melissa Bailar (melba@rice.edu), 713-348-5968

Monday, January 4, 2016