November 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 8

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The ASA Seeks Applicants
for Postdoctoral Fellowships

The American Sociological Association invites applications for six (6) two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships. These awards are intended for scholars interested in working on understanding the origins of the current economic crisis and/or the crisis’s social impacts on such areas as race and gender relations, employment, housing, education, health, culture, migration, and politics. In addition, research can focus on the social impacts of government and private efforts to address and regulate the crisis, including the sociology of finance and markets, organizational theory, and the sociology of law.

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program will fund one Postdoctoral Fellow for a period of two years, beginning in August/September 2012, in the sociology department at EACH of the following major research universities:  Cornell University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In some cases university rules require that initial appointments are for one year, renewable based on satisfactory performance.

Each of the Fellowships will provide a supportive research environment and an opportunity for collegial interaction with scholars in the Fellow’s host university and with program participants in the other participating universities. The six Fellowships will be offered pending final budgetary approval from NSF in 2012.

The Fellowship Program seeks to recruit new or recent PhDs who are looking to strengthen research skills in economic sociology and better understand comparative economic institutions and processes. Applicants need not have done prior research on the current economic crisis. Stipend: $45,000 annually plus benefits. Successful candidates will be assigned to one of the six research universities in consultation with the sociology faculty of those universities.

To be eligible, candidates must have received the PhD in sociology on or after May 1, 2010, or affirm that they will complete all PhD requirements, including the dissertation defense, by August 1, 2012. Completion by this date is a strict requirement for beginning the position. All Postdoctoral Fellows will be required to teach one seminar or limited-enrollment undergraduate course related to their research during their Fellowship period (typically in the first year of the Fellowship) and will also be expected to participate regularly in seminars or workshops of the department and/or program with which they are affiliated.

Postmark deadline for the application is December 19, 2011. Application forms may be found at  under "Funding". In addition to a CV, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, applicants will submit a personal statement (up to 10 double-spaced pages) that includes 1) why they are interested in the Fellowship Program; 2) how their research experience fits the goals of the program; and 3) a description of their research agenda for the near future. Applicants will submit one writing sample (i.e. a single-authored published article or a dissertation chapter, maximum of 50 pages). ASA and the six universities welcome applications from all who are qualified from a wide range of PhD programs and strongly encourages sociologists from under-represented populations, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for the Fellowship.

Per NSF guidelines, all applicants are required to be a U.S. citizen or a legal U.S. permanent resident.

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