The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) at the
University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a one-year
postdoctoral fellowship. We seek applicants whose research,
teaching, and public engagements support and complement PPEH’s core
1) broadly interdisciplinary, collaborative inquiry across the
arts and sciences
2) arts-driven inquiry into place, particularly our campus and
the City of Philadelphia as well as urban ecology in other global
3) public engagement, particularly in and with environmental
justice communities and concerns
4) the creation and growth of “living archives” via practices of
PPEH Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to pursue their own
research agendas as well as actively participate in the Program’s
signature public environmental humanities projects, in Philadelphia
and beyond. The ideal candidate’s application materials will
explicitly address how their research and teaching intersects with
PPEH’s ongoing public initiatives to expand the right to research;
we are especially interested in candidates whose work engages with
the digital, health and medical humanities.
The Fellowship carries a stipend of $55,000 plus health
insurance and a $4,500 research fund. During their year in
residence, the fellow will pursue their proposed research, will be
required to teach an undergraduate course of their own design on
topics in environmental humanities, and participate in a regular
lunchtime weekly seminar series, presenting their research once
during the series.
Scholars who received or will receive their PhD between
December 2017 and June 2022 are eligible to apply. You must
have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than
June 2022 to be eligible. Your application will not be considered
unless this condition is met (i.e., you are ineligible to apply if
you will defend or otherwise submit your dissertation anytime after
June 30, 2022).
Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are
interdisciplinary, who have not previously enjoyed use of the
resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would
particularly benefit from and contribute to PPEH’s intellectual
community on Penn’s campus and beyond.
Application deadline: Tuesday, February 1,
To apply, candidates should submit:
a cover letter,
and a research and teaching statement
of no more than 750 words highlighting their public-facing
Semi-finalists will be asked to supply three letters from
academic recommenders and a writing sample; finalists will be
interviewed via video conference.
The review of applications will begin immediately and will
continue until the position is filled. The Penn Program in
Environmental Humanities is strongly committed to Penn’s Action
Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more
diverse faculty (for more information see:
The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans
are encouraged to apply.