Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Rutgers

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department, in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Women (IRW) at Rutgers University, is pleased to announce a two-year postdoctoral fellowship supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 each year as well as an annual research allocation of $2,000 and Rutgers University health benefits.  The fellow will pursue research and teach three courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department during the two-year term of her/his appointment.  The fellow also will participate in seminars and other activities organized by the IRW.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department: has particular interest in scholars of Asian-American Feminist Studies; Feminist Science Studies; New Media, Arts and Technology; Religion, Sexuality, and Gender; and Gendered Violence but welcomes applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with our department and with the IRW.

The IRW’s seminar, organized around an annual theme, brings together faculty and advanced graduate students to discuss works-in-progress from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Annual topics for 2011-14 will be the following: (De) generations: Reimagining Intellectual Communities (2011-2012), Trans Studies: Beyond Hetero/Homo Normativities (2012-2013) and The Cosmetic and the Polemics of Fashioning the Self (2013-2014).

The IRW also hosts a Distinguished Lecture Series, which invites well-known scholars working on women, gender, and sexuality to come to Rutgers to share their research with our faculty and students throughout the year, and offers professional workshops and mentoring opportunities, such as the Negotiating Basics Workshop. For more information on these programs, please see:

The broad interdisciplinary nature of both the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the IRW will allow the selected fellow to become fully integrated into the life of the university. Rutgers is an institution with a deep commitment to scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality.  Both the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the IRW are part of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), a consortium of eight different Rutgers units focused on women and gender, constituting the most extensive collection of resources on these issues at a university in the United States. Rutgers, therefore, is a unique and stimulating environment in which to situate feminist research.

Candidates should submit their applications, consisting of a CV, a 2500-word description of their research and its significance, and 3 letters of recommendation, electronically at: (search for listing under “Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship” for each participating department).  Applications must be received by January 17, 2011. Candidates must have received the Ph.D. after August 31, 2006; applicants must have finished all requirements for the Ph.D. by June 1, 2011.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The institution values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Questions? E-mail Leslie Fishbein, Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies Department: or Sarah Tobias, Associate Director, Institute for Research on Women: