University of Virginia Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture Fellows Program, 2018 – USA

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The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture is distinct in its embodiment as an intellectual community rather than an aggregate of individual scholarly efforts. Our mission to understand contemporary cultural change and its consequences is carried out in the rare context of a thriving community in which disciplines and generations intersect.

The Fellows Program at the Institute is dedicated to forming young scholars as they pursue the highest level of scholarship on the most important questions facing the late modern era.

Institute Fellowships

These fellowship types are characterized by participation in the daily life of the Institute at our home of Watson Manor.

Visiting Fellowships  

Visiting Fellowships are occasionally offered to established scholars looking for semester and year-long sabbaticals and whose work directly contributes to the intellectual priorities of the Institute’s Colloquies. These fellowships typically provide office space, a stipend covering some portion or all of a sabbatical leave based on the candidate’s base salary, and some research funds. Visiting Fellows that are in residence are expected to participate in all Institute events.

Postdoctoral Fellowships  

Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to recent PhDs whose research directly contributes to the research priorities of the Institute. These fellowships will, in most cases, be directly linked to specific Institute Colloquies. The tenure of the IASC Postdoctoral Fellowship is one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years. Renewals are based on performance and funding availability. To be eligible for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, applicants must have successfully defended their dissertations a maximum of five years prior to the start of the academic year to which the fellowship applies.

Doctoral Fellowships  

The Doctoral Fellowship supports students through the research and writing stages of their dissertations. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated academic promise and how closely their scholarly interests fit with the Institute’s research priorities. Doctoral fellows must attend all Institute events.

Research Fellowships

Research fellowships enable scholars to contribute to the various Colloquies and Phenomenology Labs housed at the Institute. These fellowships consist of both paid and unpaid positions and allow scholars from around the country and throughout the world to further the Institute’s mission of understanding cultural change and its consequences.

Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships do not carry any funding or stipends, but graduate fellows are invited to attend all Institute events and participate in the Institute’s intellectual community. Fellows will be awarded on the basis of how well their current scholarship both reflects and advances the intellectual mission of the Institute. Candidates are highly encouraged to read the Institute’s Vision Statement.

Apply to the Fellows Program

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia invites applications for Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the following colloquies:

  • Culture and Democracy;
  • Culture and Formation;
  • Religion and Late Modernity;
  • Picturing the Human.

The fellowships are for a full academic year and are renewable for up to a total of 3 years; depending on performance and availability of funding. The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $40,000 plus individual health insurance and office space at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of how well their current scholarship both reflects and advances the intellectual mission of Institute in general and the specific colloquies listed above. Fellowships are open to all qualified candidates without restriction as to citizenship, though all Fellows must be in residence at UVa for the duration of the award period and may not hold other forms of employment. Institute Fellows are expected to participate in all Institute-sponsored events and to be an active member of their colloquy.

Applicants for the Post-Doctoral Fellowships must have been awarded their Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship. Post-doctoral applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. no earlier than 2014.


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