WHAT

The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies (Northwestern University) invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the study of Turkey in a global or a comparative perspective.

TOPICS

The Keyman fellow will be affiliated with both the Keyman Program and an appropriate department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Communication, such as Anthropology; Art, Theory & Practice; Communication Studies; History; Middle East & North African Studies; Performance Studies; Political Science; or Sociology.

Applications are welcome from scholars whose research addresses transnational social processes, problems, or conflicts in connection to contemporary Turkey.

The fellowship will run from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020.

The Fellow will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach one undergraduate class each year during their fellowship. The Fellow is expected to help program and manage the activities of the Turkey Working Group, to be an active participant in the academic activities in the Keyman Program and the Buffett Institute, as well as their affiliated disciplinary departments, and to deliver one public lecture each year.

The salary is $55,000. In addition, the Fellow is eligible for $5,000 per year to fund research and conference travel, and up to $2,000 in reimbursement for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position.

Applicants must have received their PhD between December 14, 2013, and August 31, 2018.

DEADLINE/APPLICATION

The application will open on October 15. The deadline is December 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. CT.

Application: Complete the Buffett Institute Online Interfolio Application.

Required materials:

  • Cover Letter: Briefly situate your work in relation to your discipline(s) and identify the proposed departmental affiliation, and explain why Northwestern is a particularly good place to pursue your research.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Research Statement: A two-page summary of your dissertation.
  • Research Proposal: A two-page research plan for the fellowship period. This may include, but should extend beyond, revisions to the dissertation.
  • Teaching Statement: Titles and short descriptions of at least two undergraduate courses that you could teach under the auspices of your proposed departmental affiliation. Please note that we are not requesting a statement of teaching philosophy or full syllabi at this point.
  • Writing Sample: Only one sample equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter. The writing sample may be published or unpublished. It must be in English. The maximum length is 50 pages.
  • Graduate Transcript. A transcript from your doctoral-degree-granting institution. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. If your doctoral program did not include formal graded classes, submit a statement to that effect instead.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: The online application system will ask you to provide contact information for three recommenders. Once you submit your application, your references will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading a letter of recommendation. It is helpful if at least one letter comments specifically on your teaching experience and abilities. If you have not yet defended and submitted your dissertation, please advise your chair that their letter must specifically discuss what work remains to be completed and when you will complete all the requirements to receive your degree. Please convey these specific instructions to your referees, as the instructions they will receive by email are generic. Letters of recommendation are due no later than December 22, 2017.

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