University of Southern California
Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities
Call for Applications
The University of Southern California is pleased to announce a new
opportunity for outstanding young scholars, the Provost’s Postdoctoral
Scholars Program in the Humanities. The program has two overarching
goals. First, we seek to further the professional development of
scholars in the humanities by providing time for research and writing,
an opportunity to establish an independent teaching portfolio, and
faculty mentoring to help scholars prepare for careers as tenure-track
faculty. Secondly, we seek to add new voices from other institutions to
our conversations within and across disciplines in the humanities, as
well as to our conversations about the value and place of the humanities
within the university and in society at large.
Appointments are for two years, with a start date of August 15, 2011.
Provost’s scholars will teach three courses over four semesters, with
one semester free for full-time research. They are expected to reside
in the Los Angeles area during the academic year and to participate in
the scholarly life of the host department and the university through
seminars and other scholarly activities. The salary is $50,000 per year
plus fringe benefits, with a research and travel account of $6,000 per
year. It is understood that scholars may get jobs and leave the program
after the first year.
Candidates should choose one of the following programs as their proposed
host department and explain the choice briefly in their cover letter:
American Studies, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature,
Critical Studies (Cinema), East Asian Languages and Cultures, English,
French, History, Linguistics, Musicology, Philosophy, Slavic Languages
Applicants will be evaluated based on their prior academic
accomplishments, the significance and intellectual merit of the proposed
project, and their potential to contribute to the intellectual life of
their host department and the community of scholars at USC. Candidates
must have received the Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2007 and must have
the degree in hand by July 1, 2011. The provost expects to make five to
eight postdoctoral awards per year in order to maintain a full cohort of
approximately 10 scholars.
Applicants should submit the following items as .pdf files to
• Cover letter including explanation of desired program affiliation
• Writing sample of one chapter or one article (up to 30 pages
• Research proposal describing applicant’s plans for the period of the
grant. This may include revising the
dissertation for publication and/or plans for the candidate’s
next academic project (up to three pages double-spaced)
• Teaching statement (up to two pages double spaced)
• Names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses of three
faculty members who can supply letters of reference
directly to USC.
Recipients of the USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar awards will be
notified in mid March 2011.
Further information about the program can be found by visiting the
program website: http://grad.usc.edu/PostDocApp . For information
regarding postdoctoral policies and benefits, look under the heading
“postdoctoral research associates” at
http://www.usc.edu/research/students/postdocs/ . Inquiries about the
USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities should be
directed to Vice Provost Sarah Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.