The Migrations initiative at Cornell University aims to cultivate new collaborations that advance science, scholarship, teaching, outreach, and engagement in ways that generate new insights into critical problems. We wish to provide a stronger evidentiary basis for policy and place Cornell University at the forefront of migrations studies around the world. The initiative is the recipient of a three-year grant of the Mellon Foundation's Just Futures Initiative for its program "Cross-Border Movements: Racism, Dispossession, and Migration."
Leading with a humanistic lens, the Cross-Border Movements program will be used to advance collaborative research, learning, and public engagement spaces around racism, dispossession, and migration. It will develop an antiracist and anticolonial agenda that transforms the university and advances racial justice. Thereby, it will focus on three interdisciplinary thematic themes:
- Authority, Governance, and Racial Injustice
- Climate, Dispossession, and Natural and Built Environments
- Trafficking, Displacement, and the Right to Stay Home
The Migrations Postdoctoral Fellow will be conferred to an emerging scholar studying racism, dispossession, and migrations. The Fellow may conduct research in a wide range of humanistic disciplines, including but not limited to Anthropology, Area Studies Programs (across fields), Art History, Comparative literature, Development Studies, English/Literatures in English, Ethnic Studies (across fields), Geography, Gender Studies, History, Law, Political Science, Science, and Technology Studies, and Sociology.
The Fellow will be selected from a global pool of applicants based on their research's promise for cultivating dialogue, nurturing collaboration across academic disciplines, and integrating, synthesizing, and building upon existing disciplinary contributions to research on racism and dispossession and migrations. The candidates will also be evaluated based on how their research during the fellowship could benefit from and contribute to efforts by the Migrations initiative to advance Cornell's position as a global leader in the study of migrations, racism, and dispossession.
Scholars will be an affiliate of the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs' Migrations Lab. While in residence at Cornell, the Fellow will work to generate new knowledge that addresses the key themes outlined above. Successful applications will likely identify possible connections across disciplines. In addition to their research, the Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to support the implementation of the Cross-Border Movement program, particularly a) the public dissemination of research results via seminars, workshops, social media, public broadcasting, academic, and public writing; b) the development and implementation of innovative curriculum; and c) the development of sustainable collaborations with regional community organizations and community colleges.
Anticipated Division of Time
The Fellow's primary responsibilities include research and publication of their work and intellectual contributions to the interdisciplinary agenda of the Migrations Lab. Fellows interact with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and teach one undergraduate course during the academic year. The Postdoctoral Fellow will teach or co-teach a one-semester course during the academic year. During semesters when they are not teaching, awardees will split their time roughly between their independent research and the research of the Migrations Lab. When they are teaching, awardees will spend approximately 50% of their time on their independent research, 25% of their time on Migrations Lab projects, and 25% of their time teaching.
Awardees must have earned the
doctoral degree within five years of beginning their fellowship. Candidates
with more than five years of postdoctoral experience and those who received their
Ph.D. from Cornell are not eligible. Awardees may not simultaneously hold any
other paid or unpaid position during the term of the appointment. Before starting
their fellowship, candidates will be asked to confirm that their doctoral
degree has been conferred.
How to Apply
- The completed
application, including three letters of reference, must be received electronically
by the application deadline of May 15, 2021, at 11:59 EDT through Academic
- Applicants must
submit biographical information, including the expected (or actual) date
that they will receive their Ph.D. degree. Eligible applicants must have
their Ph.D. conferred prior to beginning the fellowship.
- Full CV in PDF
- Description of
proposed research (maximum of 2 pages, single-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch
margins, PDF format).
- Statement of
Contributions of Diversity https://www.human.cornell.edu/about/administration/hr/statement
- Full name and
contact information of three references, one of whom must be the applicant's
doctoral advisor. Recommenders will receive automated messages and can
upload their reference letters directly to AJO. Please note that all
references must be received by the application deadline on May 15.
- Applicants being
seriously considered for the fellowship will be invited to participate in
an interview via electronic conference with the selection committee.
- Please note that
non-U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who are offered a Migrations
Fellowship will be required to provide additional information to obtain
and/or valid visa and work authorization. The Migrations Fellowship does
not support H1B visa status.
- Candidates will
be notified of selection decisions from mid-June to the end of June 2021.
Salary and Appointment Details
- Migrations Postdoctoral Fellows
are provided an annual stipend based on NIH salary requirements and
the candidate's experience. Cornell employee benefits, including health insurance, for the first year of the fellowship
and an inflation-adjusted salary for year 2 when reappointed.
- In addition to the annual
stipend, Migrations Postdoctoral Fellows are provided with an annual
professional development fund of $2,000 per fellowship year. Fellows will
also have the opportunity to apply for additional research funds through
the Migrations Lab.
- Migrations Postdoctoral Fellows
are appointed for a one-year term with the potential for a second-year
renewal. The faculty of the Migrations Lab will lead the second-year
- Fellowship start date is
negotiable between August 1 and September 1, 2021, with a term of one year with the potential for a
The Fellow will be housed
within the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs' newly formed
Migrations Lab. The Fellow will have access to Cornell's facilities and be in
residence at Cornell University in Ithaca. The Fellow will receive supervision and
mentorship from the co-Directors of the Migrations Initiative, Shannon Gleeson,
Professor of Labor Relations, and Eric Tagliacozzo, John Stambaugh Professor of
History. The faculty will meet with the Fellow regularly.
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