Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellows Program (application due April 12)

The UVA Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks to fund scholars through their Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellows Program. It is described on their website as thus:

“As part of an ongoing commitment to diversifying our programs, the professoriate and the research workforce, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia solicits applications to the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellows Program.  This program seeks to recruit postdoctoral scholars who have the potential to assume a tenure-track faculty position and who would benefit from a mentored professional development opportunity.

There are two components to this program:

  • The Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellows Program is intended to support under-represented scholars in any field; applicants in STEM fields are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • The Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellows in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences are funded by a university-wide Race, Place and Equity grant from the Mellon Foundation and UVA matching funds to advance research, creative practice and teaching related to race, justice and equity (RJE). Applicants to the Mellon-funded component should specify a home department in the Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences and they must work on RJE-related questions.

Postdoctoral Fellows funded under this program will be appointed for two years  contingent on a successful annual review. These are 12-month appointments in a host department which will provide full research, teaching and administrative support.  In addition to salary and benefits, the program will provide a research fund allocation for each Fellow.

Applicants  must have a terminal degree (PhD, or, where appropriate, an MFA) . Candidates who received (or will receive) their terminal degree between August 24, 2019 and August 24, 2021 are eligible to apply. The RJE component specifically seeks  applicants with a relevant scholarly or creative focus, such as labor stratification, race and environment/health, inequity, civil rights history, race and public policy, social movements, race and literature, arts, etc.”


Applications consist of a cover letter, diversity, equity and inclusion statement, resume, research and  teaching statement, a writing sample, and three letters of reference. Review of applications begins on April 12, 2021, which is also when they are due. You can apply here.

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