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Diversity Fellowships

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Cornell University Doctoral/Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowships

The Cornell diversity fellowships are designed to support the early development of scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers and who are from sectors of the population historically underrepresented on the professorial faculties of colleges and universities in the United States.  Eligible applicants might be from underrepresented minority groups, have faced economic hardship, be first-generation college graduates, or work on topics related to these areas.  This list is not meant to be exhaustive.  Applications should include a brief statement of the grounds of eligibility.

The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Those who expect to complete their degrees in 2013-14 may apply for two-year postdoctoral fellowships.  Postdoctoral fellows teach one course per year, above the entry level, in fields related to their research.

All fellows will also attend a weekly research seminar, in which they will be joined by an annually changing group of Cornell faculty who has similar scholarly interests.  The topic of the seminar will shift each year, to accord with the research agendas of its participants.  The topic for 2014-15 will be “Lived Worlds and Possible Futures.” Social experience and political histories of difference also negotiate imaginative processes – in philosophical, aesthetic, cosmological, quotidian, experimental, affective, and analytical terms. The seminar will explore interdisciplinary approaches to understanding multifaceted relationships between lived worlds and possible futures, including possible futures of the concept of diversity itself.  Candidates working on any historical period, geographic region, or cultural archive are encouraged to apply. The seminar's main purpose is to help each fellow identify and begin work on a second major project.  In accord with these goals, funding will be available for conferences and for assistance with the publication costs of edited volumes containing the work of seminar members and perhaps co-edited by some of the fellows.

Fellows are required to be in residence each semester.  In order to receive postdoctoral fellowships, they must show proof of completion of the Ph.D., in the form of a letter from the granting institution’s Registrar or a copy of the diploma, prior to the beginning of the Fall term of the first year of the postdoc.

Applicants should write directly to the participating departments listed below.  All applications should be submitted electronically and should include a cover letter discussing both research and teaching, curriculum vitae, a dissertation abstract, a writing sample, and letters of recommendation.  The deadline for receipt of applications is November 8, 2013.

Each department may submit up to three nominees per year to the selection committee.  Every nomination must be accompanied by a departmental plan to support the career development of the candidate (teaching, mentoring, job search, etc.), as well as the stipulation that the nominee would make a very strong candidate for a tenure-track position that the department expects to have open in the next two to three years.

The College expects to award two fellowships for 2014-15.  Awards will be announced in late December prior to the holiday.

The postdoctoral fellowship award for 2014-15 includes a salary of $56,000, full Cornell University employee benefits, a research/travel fund of $3,000, and a one-time $4,000 moving allowance.

Participating Departments

  • Africana Studies & Research Center
  • Asian Studies
  • English
  • Government
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Cornell is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator.

2013 - 2014
Seminar Director:

Eric-Cheyfitz

Eric Cheyfitz

Cornell Faculty Seminar Director, Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters

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2014-2015 Seminar Director:

Leslie-Adelson

Leslie A. Adelson

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German Studies and a graduate field member of Comparative Literature; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Jewish Studies. 

Research Focus: Minority discourses and migrant cultures in postwar Germany, especially those concerning Jews and Turks, and on interdisciplinary German cultural studies.