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Sustainability Fellowship 2018-2019

Jointly sponsored by the Society for the Humanities and the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

The Society for the Humanities together with the Atkinson’s Center invites applications for a one-year residential fellowship at Cornell University on the topic of AUTHORITY as it relates to sustainability, the environment, energy, or economic development. 

The Society/Atkinson Fellow will collaborate with the Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities, Paul Fleming, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies.  The Invited Society Scholars will be Praesnijit Duara, Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University, Bonnie Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University, and Holly Hughes, Professor of Theatre and Drama at University of Michigan.

Other residential fellows at the Society include scholars and practitioners from other universities and members of the Cornell faculty released from regular duties, all working on the theme of Authority. Fellows spend their time in research and writing, participate in the weekly Fellows Seminar, and offer one seminar related to their research.

Additionally, the Society/Atkinson Sustainability Fellow will offer one public lecture on the topic of their research project in the Fall.  The Sustainability Fellow will also be invited to attend Atkinson Center events and network with the Atkinson Center’s Faculty Fellows in Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $54,000. Applicants living outside North America are eligible for an additional $2,000 to assist with travel costs.


Applicants should be working on a topic in the humanities that addresses the 2018-2019 focal theme, AUTHORITY as it relates to energy, the environment, or economic developtment. Their approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal to students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines.  Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree before January 1, 2017.  The Society for the Humanities will not consider applications from scholars who received the Ph.D. after this date. Applicants must also have one or more years of teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student.

Application Procedures

The following application materials must be submitted via AJO fellowship #9274 on or before OCTOBER 1, 2017. Any other method of applying will not be accepted.

1. A curriculum vitae

2. A one-page abstract describing the research project the applicant would like to pursue during the term of the fellowship (no more than 300 words)

3. A two-page statement describing how your proposed project relates to sustainability as well as its potential long-term impact in influencing behavior, practice, procedures, or policy at a significant scale to help implement sustainable solutions.

4. A detailed statement of the research project (1,000 – 2,000 words). Applicants may also include a one-page bibliography of the most essential materials to the project.

5. A course proposal for a seminar related to the applicant’s research. Seminars meet two hours per week for one semester and enrollment is limited to fifteen advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The course proposal should consist of:

a. A brief course description suitable for the University course catalog (50-125 words)
b. A detailed course proposal (up to 300 words)
c. A list of the essential texts for the course

6. One scholarly paper (no more than 35 pages in length)

7. Two letters of recommendation from senior colleagues to whom candidates should send their research proposal and teaching proposal. Letters of recommendation should include an evaluation of the candidate’s proposed research and teaching statements. Please ask referees to submit their letters directly through the application link. Letters must be submitted on or before OCTOBER 1, 2017.

To apply, go to:

Important: To be considered for the Society/Atkinson Sustainability Fellowship, applicants will need to be sure to upload the sustainability statement (item 3), which is an optional application material on the AJO site.

For further information:
Phone: 607-255-9274

Awards will be announced by the end of December 2017.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Note: Extensions for applications will not be granted. The Society will consider only fully completed applications. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that ALL documentation is complete, and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to the Society before the closing date.


The Society for the Humanities:

The Society for the Humanities was established at Cornell University in 1966 to support research and teaching in the humanities. It is intended to be at once a research institute, a stimulus to educational innovation, and a continuing society of scholars. The Society and its Fellows have fostered path-breaking interdisciplinary dialogue and theoretical reflection on the humanities at large.