Become a Fellow

Faculty and Graduate Fellows



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. 


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.

Now Accepting Applications for Faculty or Graduate Fellows at the Center for Cultural Analysis for 2021-2022. Applications can be found pdf here. (286 KB)



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 August 1, 2021 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.

Job posting can be found here.

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?