Become a Fellow

Typically the Center for Cultural Analysis will sponsor five fellowships for Rutgers faculty, five fellowships for Rutgers graduate students, and two Postdoctoral Associate positions for external scholars.

Faculty fellows will receive funding for a course release from their home departments, generally up to $5000. Graduate fellows will receive a $23,000 stipend, up to three credits in tuition remission, and health benefits (through the Graduate School), but they may not hold any other teaching positions, long-term fellowships, or administrative appointments during their CCA year. Postdoctoral Associates will receive a $50,000 salary, health benefits, and a private office in the new Rutgers Academic Building on the College Avenue campus. During the course of the academic year, Postdoctoral Associates teach one undergraduate course in a relevant Department within SAS, which is arranged through the CCA. Since the CCA Postdoctoral Associate position is considered a residential appointment, candidates must agree to establish residency within a forty mile radius of the New Brunswick campus during the duration of their appointment.

All seminar participants will have access to the CCA’s resources and will be expected to participate in and to present their work during CCA seminars, which meet regularly throughout the academic year.

 

Applications will open soon.

Theme for 2021-2022: The Commons, directed by Colin Jager and Meredith McGill.  More information is forthcoming.

Theme for 2022-23: The Scalar Urban: A Seminar on the Urban Humanities, directed by Anjali Nerlekar and Karen Bishop. 

Faculty and Graduate Fellows

 

FACULTY FELLOWSHIPS

Faculty members may apply for a fellowship in connection with the annual theme.  The CCA will grant up to five faculty fellowships awarded in connection with the seminar, in the form of a course-release in either the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester (course-releases are supported by funding for instructional replacement arranged through the Fellow’s department and paid by CCA, generally at the amount of $5000).  Faculty who will hold other fellowships (NEH, Guggenheim, sabbatical, etc.) are not eligible to receive funded fellowships from the CCA, but faculty who will be on fellowship or sabbatical may apply to be appointed as unfunded fellows. Applications from regular, full-time faculty members should be submitted for approval to their department chairs, who will in turn forward completed applications to the CCA.  Department chairs must indicate their willingness to accept the terms of support for a course release. Chairs may support more than one application. 

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

Five graduate student fellowships will be awarded by the CCA to students who are in the process of writing their dissertations (i.e. coursework has been completed).  Graduate Fellowships grant $23,000 and tuition remission for up to 3 research credits per semester for the year. Graduate Fellows will be expected to attend all events related to the main seminar and to participate actively in the public functions of the CCA. Graduate Fellows may not hold any other teaching positions, long-term fellowships, or administrative appointments during their CCA year.  However, students who will hold other year-long fellowships may apply to be appointed as unfunded Fellows, provided their application clearly indicates the relevance of the seminar topic to their dissertation work.  Graduate Fellowships will ordinarily be awarded only to students who have received 5 or fewer years of funding from Rutgers University at the time of application.  Students who have already received 6 or more years of support may apply if the seminar theme is particularly suited to their dissertation projects, but they will require a waiver from SAS to take up the CCA Fellowship. 

Fellows will have access to the resources of the CCA and staff support, within the limits allowable by the CCA’s budget.

 

 

Postdoctoral Associate Fellows 

 The Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University-New Brunswick seeks to appoint two external Postdoctoral Associates for a year-long residential fellowship during academic year 2021-22.  Successful candidates may come from any relevant discipline; they will have all requirements for the PhD or other terminal degree in the relevant field must be completed by July 1,  2020 and a record of publication and scholarly engagement relevant to the seminar’s topic.  During the academic year, Postdoctoral Associates will attend a bi-monthly research seminar, present their own work, and organize a symposium.  CCA Postdoctoral Associates receive a salary of $50,000, health benefits, a private office, and administrative support.  Fellows normally teach 1 undergraduate course during their fellowship year. Since the CCA Postdoctoral Associate position is considered a residential appointment, candidates must agree to establish residency within a forty-mile radius of the New Brunswick campus during the 2021-22 academic year.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, 250-400 word abstract of your research project, a research statement (no more than 4 single-spaced pages), and a brief description of an undergraduate course you would like to teach.  Three confidential letters of recommendation must be uploaded by your referees.


   

The Commons

Directed by Colin Jager and Meredith McGill

The Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University-New Brunswick seeks to appoint one or two external Postdoctoral Associates for a year-long residential fellowship during academic year 2021-22.  We seek recent PhDs whose work is relevant to the theme of “The Commons.”   

Running through human history like a red utopian thread, the Commons promises a world in which there is enough for all.  In the middle ages, the Commons referred to land that was held and managed in common within a particular community.  In our age of the Anthropocene, the thought of the Commons has found new life in work ranging from the revived Marxism of the Midnight Notes Collective and the Occupy movement to the economic theories of Elinor Ostrom and the fugitive, fleeting spaces of Harney and Moten’s Undercommons.  Theorists turn to the Commons to imagine a world that is prior to or outside of private property, one in which natural resources can be managed and social lives governed without regulation by the state.  The Commons has also expanded to include such ideas as the “Knowledge Commons,” the “Urban Commons,” the “Black Commons,” and the “Digital Commons.”  This CCA seminar aims to explore the conceptual resources of the Commons for us today: after decades of privatization, what life remains in notions of the common good, of shared property, and of the benefits of cooperation? What historical examples can we draw on and learn from? What can we glean from social-scientific and philosophical modeling of cooperation and altruism?  What is the conceptual grounding of a theory of the commons now?