Barra Sabbatical Postdoctoral Fellowship--Deadline Extended

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December 10, 2017
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Barra Sabbatical Postdoctoral Fellowship--Deadline Extended

Applications/Letters of Recommendation must be submitted online by 10 December 2017


To submit your BARRA SABBATICAL FELLOWSHIP application online, please visit:


Barra Sabbatical Fellowship (9 months, 2018-2019)

This award is for a nine-month term beginning 1 September 2018. This fellowship is designed for a scholar in any relevant discipline who earned the Ph.D. no later than 2012 and who will be on leave from a tenured or tenure-track faculty position for the 2018–2019 academic year. Proposals will be entertained for book-length projects falling with in the Center’s area of interest at any stage of research or writing, provided that the applicant has not previously received McNeil Center funding for the same or a closely related project. The fellow will have no teaching responsibilities but will be encouraged to provide informal mentoring to more junior members of the McNeil Center community while participating fully in the Center’s seminars and other activities. The fellow will receive a grant of $47,000, with no other salary or benefits, on the assumption that additional support will be provided by his or her home institution during the fellow’s period in residence at the McNeil Center.

Applications for either fellowship must be submitted on line by 10 December 2017 (links above for completing the online application forms).

The following items must be prepared for uploading as .pdf files: a curriculum vitae; a proposal not to exceed 1,500 words, double-spaced, describing the general scope of the project and the specific work proposed during the fellowship term; and an unpublished writing sample related to the project, double-spaced, limited to 7,500 words exclusive of notes.

Two confidential letters of support should be uploaded separately by the letter writers or submitted by email to Please ask recommenders to address the specifics of this applications. Do not send generic letters from job placement dossiers.

The online submission deadline for applications has been extended to 10 December 2017.

Contact Info: 

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies

University of Pennsylvania

3355 Woodland Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531

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