The Virginia and Walter Nord Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

Ohio, United States
Competitive Salary
Oct 19, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The purpose of the BNC Postdoctoral Fellowship is to support research in the humanities by providing scholars in the early stages of their careers with the time and resources necessary to advance their work.  During their time at the Baker-Nord Center, Fellows will pursue a research and writing project for the full academic year.  An essential feature of the program is that Fellows make intellectual contributions to the CWRU community, through their participation in workshops, lectures, and courses. 

Fellows will be affiliated with one or more of the humanities departments represented on the BNC Steering Committee: English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. We are particularly interested in Fellows whose research explores issues related to Race Studies, Ethnicity, and/or Social Justice. BNC Post-Doctoral Fellows will be expected to offer an undergraduate course during the spring of their fellowship year, following consultation with their host department. 

The Fellowship may be renewed for a second year, during which candidates will be expected to offer an undergraduate course in each term.

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must submit:

  • A cover sheet with contact and biographical information.
  • An academic c.v. of no more than 10 pages including detailed information on your scholarly projects, publications, degrees and awards, teaching experience, expert skills, etc.
  • A proposal for the scholarly project that you will undertake during the postdoctoral fellowship. The project can include, but does not necessarily need to, expansion and revision of your doctoral research into one or more new publications. There are two components to the project proposal:
    • Project title and an abstract, including a clear statement of the project’s scholarly significance. (250 word maximum)
    • Project description, explaining the objectives, methodology, contribution and originality of the project in a manner that is clear to a range of scholars in the humanities who may not be specialists in your field. (1000 word maximum)
  • Three reference letters.


  • Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand from an institution other than Case Western Reserve University before the start date of the fellowship; Ph.D must date from no earlier than 2011.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrable potential to contribute to one of the academic departments affiliated with the Baker-Nord Center.

The term of the fellowship will commence on or about August 15, 2021.  Candidates should submit their applications by December 1, 2020 through CWRU’s Interfolio portal at: