Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities

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Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Postdoctoral/ MFA Fellowships:  Being Humans



For artists and humanists, these are extraordinary times: our sense of "the human" is undergoing remarkable transformations, with implications for the future of all life on the planet.  How should we understand our relation to animal cognition, to artificial intelligence, to the biosphere, to disability, to genetics?  Can we imagine a form of humanism in which the boundaries of the human are unstable? 


Applicants should have received their terminal degrees (PhDs in the humanities, MFAs in the fine and performing arts, Masters or beyond in design fields such as architecture) within the past three years.  Applications should include a cv, two letters of recommendation, a project description of 1000 words, and (for applicants in the arts or design) a sample of work on a single DVD.  Fellowship stipends are $42,000 plus benefits and a $2,000 research fund; fellows will be required to teach one course each semester in their discipline.  Fellows will be given office space at the Institute.  It is expected that fellows will take part in the intellectual life of campus, working with faculty and students, attending symposia and events, and contributing to meetings and discussions presented by IAH.


All application materials must be received at this address by January 15, 2011:


The Institute for Arts and Humanities

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Penn State University

Ihlseng Cottage

University Park, PA 16802


For more information, call (814) 865-0495 or write to 

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