Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program | The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

March 17, 2021

Review of applications will begin April 12, 2021.

Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality 

As part of the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Foundation, the UVA Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Black, Indigenous and/or global/transnational approaches to gender and sexuality. We seek a rising scholar (candidates who received, or will receive, their Ph.D. degree between August 24, 2019 and August 24, 2021) whose research and teaching are grounded in Black trans/feminist/queer studies, Two-spirit/ Native/Indigenous trans/feminist/queer studies, and/or transnational gender and sexuality studies. Scholars whose research engages with Disability Studies are especially welcome to apply. 

The Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality offers a variety of professional development opportunities and formal and informal mentoring within a warm and supportive climate unified around the collective project of decentering whiteness and advancing intersectional analyses in our research and teaching.  Fellows will participate in course development training and mentoring during their first semester and teach one independent course in each of the following three semesters.   The postdoctoral fellow would join the Department at a unique moment in our history: two new faculty whose work focuses on Black Feminist theory/Black queer studies and global/transnational research and teaching will also be joining the department, adding to a growing roster of global/transnational and Black studies experts.  We see this postdoctoral fellowship as an opportunity to further build our intellectual community with strengths in Black/indigenous studies and transnational work, while creating research opportunities for a promising scholar.  The fellowship reflects the College of Arts and Sciences’ mission to further our understanding of the legacies of racial inequity and to enhance the career trajectory of an underrepresented scholar whose work focuses on questions related to the Black, Indigenous, global and/or comparative dimensions of Race, Justice and Equity.

Possible specializations include but are not limited to:

  • Black trans/feminist/queer studies 
  • Two-spirit/ Indigenous trans/feminist/queer studies 
  • The Global South (esp. South-South Relations) 
  • Diaspora/Migration 
  • Non-Western forms of knowledge 
  • Disability Studies 

Please contact Allison Pugh, Department Chair, with any questions at allisonpugh@gmail.com.

An online application and further information are available here: https://graduate.as.virginia.edu/rising-scholars


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