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Center for Environmental Futures/ Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2020-21

With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Oregon’s Center for Environmental Futures invites applications for a one-year Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Environmental Humanities and allied fields, to run from September 15, 2020, through June 15, 2021. Applications are welcome only from recent graduates of the University of Oregon who study the environment from any perspective in the humanities or allied fields (for example ecological approaches to literature, gender, religion, politics, philosophy, the arts, and/or race; animal studies; indigenous studies, environmental justice, ethics and sustainability; environmental history, cultural geography; anthropology, or sociology). The fellow will offer a public lecture, attend regular Center research colloquia, and pursue independent research and writing. Candidates may not be more than three years beyond the PhD.

The position carries a stipend of $39,000 plus benefits, according to the terms of the United Academics Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow will be provided with a work space and computer peripherals in the Center’s offices. It is expected that the fellow will work in the offices to the extent possible, since one purpose of the fellowship is to create a community of fellows.

Minimum Requirements

PhD – Candidates may not be more than 3 years beyond the PhD.
The candidate must be from one of the Environmental Humanities or allied fields.

Deadline for applications is February 16, 2020. 
Deadline Extended: Review of applications begins
May 5, 2020
(position open until filled)

Please apply through the University of Oregon’s Human Resources webpage. You can access the listing here:

Applicants will need to submit a brief research statement of the project to be undertaken during the fellowship period, a c.v., a writing sample of approximately 25 pages (or comparable evidence of scholarly accomplishment), and the names of three references, including the dissertation advisor (with email addresses, whom we will contact for letters of recommendation).

About CEF

The Center for Environmental Futures (CEF) is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students that engages the environmental humanities, social sciences, art, and architecture, in dialogue with allied fields. Our mission is to encourage faculty and students in interdisciplinary environmental studies research and teaching, to encourage and support members of the community to participate in the University’s environmental studies programming and problem-solving, and to cultivate relationships and build projects to address our most pressing environmental and social problems. The Center’s current co-directors are Stephanie LeMenager, the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Chair in English, and Marsha Weisiger, the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair in U.S. Western History. Our offices are located in Agate Hall, Room 206.

 The environmental humanities, which stands at the core of CEF, contextualizes and complements environmental science and policy with a focus on narrative, critical thinking, history, cultural analysis, aesthetics, and ethics. For over twenty years, the University of Oregon has placed the environmental humanities at the center of conversations about our ecological futures. For more information, consult:

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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