Postdoctoral Opportunity for 2017

With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, The Department of Asian Studies invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship position beginning July 1, 2017. The fellowship offers a stipend of $50,000/year.

We are interested in a scholar/teacher specializing in the literature, religion, and culture (including film, media, and intellectual history) of Central Asia, broadly defined as Afghan, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongol, Tajik, Tibetan, Turkmen, Uyghur, or Uzbek studies. This region connects Russia and East Europe, Iran and Southwest Asia, Pakistan and South Asia, China and East Asia.

Postdoctoral Fellows teach one course per semester. Candidates should propose an introductory, 2000-level course on some aspect of Central Asian studies, and an upper, 4000-level course on topics of contemporary relevance.

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2017/18-2018/19 academic years must have received the Ph.D. degree after September 2011. Mellon Fellowships are no longer restricted to citizens of the US and Canada; international applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility. Applicants who will have received the Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2017 are eligible to apply. Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred before the term the fellowship begins.

Application Procedures

The following application materials must be submitted via Academic Jobs Online,, by November 1, 2016.

  • Cover page with:(a) Full name and home institution, (b) Date (or expected date) of Ph.D., (c) Research interest(s), (d) Referees' names and emails
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Detailed statement of research interests
  • One writing sample [30-page limit]
  • Course proposals for the courses the Mellon Fellow will teach while in residence at Cornell: two courses during each year of the fellowship: one lower-level course and one upper, 4000-level course and a sample syllabus for each
  • Three letters of recommendation. Please ask referees to upload their letters directly through the link provided by Academic Jobs Online. Letters must be received on or before November 1, 2016.
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