Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 12, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The College and Graduate school of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia solicits applications to the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program seeks to recruit postdoctoral scholars who have the potential to assume a tenure-track faculty position and would benefit from a mentored professional development opportunity.

There are two components to this program: Postdoctoral fellowships intended to support under-represented scholars in any field, and Postdoctoral fellowships in the arts and humanities and Social Sciences funded by a university-wide Race, Place and Equity grant from the Mellon Foundation to advance research and teaching of issues race, justice and equity (RJE) broadly conceived. Applicants to the first component can apply to any participating Arts & Sciences department; applicants in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply.  Applicants to the Mellon-funded component should specify a home department in the Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences and must work on RJE-related issues. 

Applicants must have a terminal degree (PhD, or, where appropriate, an MFA) by the beginning of the Fellowship.  The RJE component specifically seeks applicants with a relevant scholarly or creative focus, e.g., labor stratification, race and environment, inequity, civil rights history, race and public policy, social movements, race and literature, arts, etc. Candidates who received (or will receive) their terminal degree between August 24, 2019 and August 24, 2021 are eligible to apply.  All applicants should have a demonstrated interest in race, justice and inclusion in research, teaching and service.

Postdoctoral Fellows funded under this program will be appointed for two years contingent on a successful annual review. Fellows will teach at least one course per year; specific teaching assignments will depend on the department and the appropriateness to the professional development goals.  These are 12-month appointments.  In addition to salary and benefits, which include health care and retirement contributions, the program will provide a research allocation for each Fellow.  Fellows will receive career mentorship and will participate in professional development programs with the aim of preparing them for faculty careers in academia.

For more on the A&S Rising Scholars program, including a list of participating departments see https://graduate.as.virginia.edu/rising-scholars

Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs  search for requisition # R0022634, complete the application.

https://applycentral.virginia.edu/apply/?sr= d70fe4b8-4126-49a2-af11-a9488582c8b8   to complete the application by uploading the following:

  • Cover letter (two pages) that includes a summary of your interest in this opportunity, how you meet the stated qualifications, and how your interests and professional goals align with individual faculty, initiatives, and strengths of the participating A&S department to which you are applying. 
  • A one-page statement outlining your experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations. 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • A statement of research, teaching and career interests, no more than two pages. 
  • One published article, preprint, essay or other material that you have authored, published or in manuscript form. 
  • Name, title and email address of three referees who have agreed to write on your behalf.  The system will then send a request to the referees.  These references must be submitted by the application deadline. 

Review of applications will begin April 12, 2021.  For full consideration, applications should be complete by that date.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.  

Questions about the application process should be directed to Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at nr7f@virginia.edu

The University of Virginia, including UVA Health and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.