Job Opportunity: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University

November 1, 2018


Applicants eligible for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years include those who have received the Ph.D. degree after September 1, 2013 and no later than June 30, 2019.  Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins. International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility.


The Society for the Humanities will sponsor two postdoctoral teaching-research fellowships in the humanities, each awarded for the two-year period beginning August 2019. Each fellowship offers a stipend of $53,000/year. While in residence at Cornell, Mellon Fellows hold department affiliations and joint appointments with the Society for the Humanities, have limited teaching duties, and the opportunity for scholarly work. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are available in two areas of specialization: Linguistics and Science & Technology Studies.

Cornell’s Department of Science & Technology Studies seeks research projects relating to the topic of public health. Even a cursory scan of the news reveals urgent and complex public health issues around the globe, often combining with environmental, social, and political issues in ways that threaten lives, render land uninhabitable, and tax political and economic systems. Race, gender, sexuality, and wealth disparities are often woven through these issues. From the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, to Ebola outbreaks in West Africa, to healthcare for refugee migrations worldwide, understanding public health crises requires attention to governance, culture, and human struggle – analyses that push well beyond the front-line work of epidemiology and environmental monitoring. For this position, we define public health broadly. Just a few areas of focus could include health disparities, politics and health, migrant or refugee health, epidemiological surveillance (including data and computational techniques), and climate change and health. Disciplinary and methodological areas are open, but they must be consistent with qualitative historical, sociological, anthropological, political, and feminist methods of science and technology studies.


For more details and to apply, please visit the fellowship website.