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Call for Proposals: The Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University

The Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University (CSSD) brings together faculty in humanities, law, social sciences, medicine and the arts, as well as artists and practitioners in the New York area and beyond, to investigate problems of social, economic, and cultural inequality. The Center’s working groups challenge the disciplinary divides among the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences by asking not only how historical categories of social difference intersect on the level of identity, but also how these categories shape institutions, modes of knowing, acts of representation, and processes of globalization. The Center creates the conditions for scholars, artists and practitioners to work collaboratively and internationally on problems of common interest and to set intellectual agendas for the future.

The Center welcomes proposals for a new project that would begin in Fall 2018 or Fall 2019. Funding is in the amount of $35,000 over two years with the possibility of $15,000 for a third year, contingent on working group interest and the availability of Center funds. CSSD seeks projects that align with the mission of “Women Creating Change” or “Imagining Justice” and favors proposals from an interdisciplinary core working group (usually 5-8 people, not all of whom need be affiliated with Columbia or Barnard). The Center encourages and facilitates international collaborations.

Proposals should be submitted by February 1, 2018 at 11:59PM to CSSD Associate Director Catherine LaSota ( For more information and to apply, please visit the CSSD website.

Call for Applications: 2018 Center for Science and Society Seed Grants

Eligibility: All full-time junior faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students at Columbia University and Barnard College

Amount of Award: $1,500 – $3,000

Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018

The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University (CSS) invites proposals for innovative interdisciplinary projects involving the study of science in society that require modest amounts of seed money to initiate collaborative research and programming. All full-time junior faculty, students, and postdocs at Columbia University and Barnard College are eligible to apply, and proposals are welcomed especially from undergraduate and graduate students. Projects might include small research projects, support for a reading group, inviting a speaker, or a contribution to mounting a conference. Collaborative projects that involve participants from different disciplines (including professors and students of any rank and from any school at Columbia and Barnard) are encouraged. Grants can be combined with any other funding held by the applicants.  Awards will normally be in the range of $1,500-$3,000. Projects must be completed and funds expended by July 1, 2019.

View past Seed Grant Awards here.

Submitting Proposals
To apply, please submit the following as a single PDF document by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 23, 2018 to Roshana Nabi, CSS Project Manager ( with “Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Projects in Science and Society” in the subject line of the email:

  • Cover page, including title of proposal, principal investigator(s) and departmental affiliations, an executive summary of the project, and the total funding amount sought
  • Proposal narrative with timeline of research (no more than 3 pages in 12-point font)
  • Itemized projected budget
  • CVs for each investigator

Conditions of Receipt
Grant recipients must provide annual reports on project activities, including updates on external funding proposals (successful or unsuccessful), and any papers, publications, course syllabi, and/or reports resulting from seed grant activities. When applicable, research projects involving human subjects and/or animals must obtain (and keep current) approval from the appropriate University regulatory offices.

For more information, please contact CSS Project Manager Roshana Nabi at

Call for Applications: Columbia Population Research Center Visiting Scholars Program

The CPRC welcomes visitors whose research fits into one or more of the primary research areas of the Center and who make a compelling case that their presence at the Center will advance their own scholarship as well as the scholarship of CPRC faculty, affiliates, and students. Visitors will be expected to participate in the life of the Center, by mentoring, giving seminars, attending seminars, etc.

In selecting visitors, priority will be given to applicants who are currently participants in a funded research project of the Center as a co-investigator, consultant or a related position; have arranged with a CPRC member to write a grant proposal during their visit; have prior experience working with CPRC members (e.g., co-authoring articles, books, chapters, reports, etc.) and propose to continue such activities during their visit (e.g. manuscript preparation, conference presentations, report writing, etc.); and/or possess special expertise (e.g., statistical methods, theory development, qualitative or ethnographic research, policy experience) or access to particular datasets (e.g. comparative datasets, cohort studies) that would assist Center faculty and/or doctoral students in grant acquisition and publication activities.

Applications for visits in the 2018 – 2019 academic year are due Sunday, January 14th, 2018. For more details and for application instructions, please visit their website.

Call for Proposals: Precision Medicine and Society Program at Columbia University

The Precision Medicine and Society (PM&S) Program was established as part of the University’s overall Precision Medicine Initiative to address the ethical, legal, economic, social, and humanistic issues relating to precision medicine and advances in genomics. As part of this effort, the PM&S Program is pleased to issue a request for workshop and seminar proposals. This call for proposals is aimed at encouraging the Columbia community to explore the issues critical to realizing the potential benefits of precision medicine in an equitable fashion.

Potential topics include:

  • Economics of Precision Medicine
  • Social Impact of Precision Medicine
  • Benefits and Challenges of Genomic Reproductive Technologies
  • Legal Aspects of Precision Medicine
  • Precision Medicine and the Humanities

Faculty, research scholars and research scientists across the University are eligible to apply for funding.  At least one applicant per workshop or seminar team must be a full-time faculty member.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017. For more information, please visit the Columbia Precision Medicine website.

Call for Applications: Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships – Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine invites applications for fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. Opportunities include: Short-term Research Fellowships, Dissertation Writing Fellowships, NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship, or Fellows in Residence.

The Consortium comprises 24 educational and cultural institutions using their exceptional resources to promote academic and public understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.

The Consortium offers rich opportunities for research. Taken together, its collections of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts are unparalleled in historical depth as well as breadth. The Consortium also provides a vibrant, challenging and collegial community. Fellows participate in public and scholarly events, as well as informal reading and writing groups, held at the Consortium’s offices in downtown Philadelphia.

Applications for 2018-2019 must be submitted online by December 11, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the Consortium’s website.

Call for Applications: Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships at the Humanities Institute of The New York Botanical Garden

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce a Call for Fellows for 2018–19. Recipients are expected to be in residence at The New York Botanical Garden and to devote themselves full-time to their research projects.

Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation), who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center are eligible. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship lasts nine months (can be activated as early as April 1, 2018 and no later than September 6, 2018). The award is $42,000 (US dollars) plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a Travel stipend up to $3000 during their tenure.

The deadline is January 18, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit the Humanities Institute of The New York Botanical Garden website.

Job Opportunity: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Art/Science Nexus – Arizona State University

Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) in partnership with the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) seek an assistant professor (tenure track) scholar/practitioner who works at the art/science nexus.

Application Deadline: November 27, 2017

We seek someone who thinks about futures, possible worlds, and the governance of innovation by combining artistic and technoscientific methods, transforming disciplinary practice and considering real-world impacts. We especially seek candidates with professional experience who accomplish these outcomes by inventing new technologies, genres of dialogue, narrative, performance and/or events – imagining futures and creating fresh techniques for imagining futures. Ideally, candidates will also be comfortable with some techniques of scientific or engineering research and be able to reflect critically, socio-culturally or artistically on those techniques. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independently funded and collaborative research program; teach and mentor students; participate in professional and university service; and engage stakeholders.

As part of his or her activities, the successful candidate – along with colleagues from SFIS, HIDA, and elsewhere – will be responsible for shaping and collaboratively mounting an annual, trans-genre event at ASU called “Emerge” (see: The relevant unit within HIDA will most likely be the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME), but candidates with backgrounds across the arts should feel free to apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Arizona State SFIS website.

Job Opportunity: Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for a tenured position at the rank of full professor as Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science. Subfield and geographic area open. Successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar with a distinguished record of publications, an active research agenda, and enthusiasm for teaching. PhD in History or related field required. Target starting date is August 16, 2018.

Deadline: November 10, 2017.

Please visit the University of Illinois Department of History website for more details and to apply

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in History of Technology and Social Change, Department of History – Carnegie Mellon University

The Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor (2/2 semester teaching load) to begin in August 2018. The department seeks a scholar whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of technology and social change; especially desired is the ability to bring an historical perspective to the social consequences of mechanization and automation, broadly conceived. Time period and geographic specialization are open.

A PhD in history, history of science, STS or a related social science is required by August 15, 2018. The department is interested in candidates with exceptional promise as scholars and teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Interest in interdisciplinary research and/or teaching with faculty from technical/scientific fields is a plus.

Deadline for applications: October 20, 2017.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to

For more information and to apply, please visit the application website.

Call for Applications: Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study-Lorentz Center Theme Group

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and the Lorentz Center will be accepting pre-proposal applications for NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups. The NIAS-Lorentz Program promotes innovative interdisciplinary research that brings together perspectives from the social sciences and humanities on the one hand and the natural and technological sciences on the other. This program gives special attention to topics of societal importance that require extensive collaboration across traditional scientific boundaries in order to progress.

Groups must have either three or five members, all of which will be awarded NIAS fellowships, providing them the opportunity to work as a team and engage in intensive interdisciplinary collaboration that is often difficult in a regular academic setting. The group will conduct research that bridges the divide between the humanities/social sciences and the natural/technological sciences. NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups are particularly intended to benefit early/mid-career researchers.

The NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group includes: (1) a group of either three persons for five consecutive months or five persons for three consecutive months, (2) study and daily travel expenses or, if from abroad, accommodation, (3) international members will receive a stipend based on scientific seniority. Members from a Dutch university are eligible for a teaching or management replacement subsidy, and (4) a workshop at the Lorentz Center on the group’s topic with full organizational support and a budget of € 10,000.

Researchers with at least five years of postdoctoral research experience can initiate and coordinate a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group. The coordinator must be affiliated with a Dutch research institution although international researchers may serve as co-coordinates. The coordinator is the formal applicant and puts forward the other members, who can be from the Netherlands or abroad.

NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group Pre-Proposals are due March 1, 2018. Applications invited for full proposals are due May 15, 2018. Both should be submitted to with the coordinator’s name and “NLTG” in the subject line. Coordinators will be informed on the outcome of the review and selection in September 2018.

Please contact Esther van Duuren ( or Petry Kievit Tyson ( with any questions.

Please visit the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group webpage for more information.

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