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IDEAL Provostial Fellows for Studies in Race and Ethnicity

The Office of the Provost at Stanford University is pleased to announce that it is seeking to appoint four to five early career fellows engaged in the study of race and ethnicity. This is an ambitious plan to support the work of early-career researchers, who will lead the next generation of scholarship in race and ethnicity and whose work will point the way forward for reshaping race relations in America. These fellowships may be in any school of the University (Business, Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Sciences, Law, Medicine). Selection criteria includes the originality and quality of the research, as well as demonstrated potential for intellectual achievement. These early career fellows will be selected by a committee of Stanford faculty appointed by the Provost. The term of these fellowships is three years.

Fellows will be assigned a faculty mentor selected from among Stanford’s Academic Council faculty. While fellows will be assigned to schools and departments corresponding to the field of their Ph.D., they also will have the opportunity to be involved with the other early career fellows and Stanford faculty in a variety of activities. Informally, they will be invited to lunches and dinners to meet with other Stanford faculty who share their interests.  They also will be invited to engage with the intellectual programming offered by the African and African-American Studies program, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and the Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute.

The early career fellows will have an opportunity each year to teach one course that will be cross-listed in the curricula of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and/or the African and African American Studies program.  This course may be taught by the fellow or the fellow may team-teach a course with another member of the Stanford faculty.  The early career fellows also will be involved in the organization of a major conference that brings to Stanford scholars who are at the forefront of scholarship in the study of race and ethnicity.

To be eligible for an early career Fellowship, a candidate must be within three years of their terminal degree at the time of appointment. Scholars interested in any field of study are accepted. Early career fellows should have received their terminal degree (PhD, JD, MFA, EdD, DSW, etc.) prior to the start of the fellowship.

Early career fellows are selected for their creativity, intellectual innovation, and because their work holds exceptional promise. Their teaching and conference organization duties notwithstanding, they are free to devote their entire time to productive scholarship. It is important that candidates should have a demonstrated capacity for independent work.

Fellows will receive $83,000 per year compensation and a one-time research fund of $5,000. The facilities of the university are fully available to the early career fellows. This includes instructional assistance such as that available from the Center for Teaching and Learning, research resources such as Stanford Libraries and affiliation with various institutes and centers. Fellows also have access to other amenities such as university gyms and recreational facilities. Candidates whose research requires substantial laboratory space or extensive equipment should make these needs known in their application to ensure their availability.  The Office of Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement will facilitate these arrangements.

Applicants for early career fellowships should submit their applications beginning on August 1, 2020. These applications will be vetted by a selection committee and by the school or department where they will be in residence. Stanford schools and departments also may nominate candidates for early career fellowships. An application should include the material that normally accompanies an application for an assistant professor position at the University.  Specifically, a cover letter detailing the candidate’s interest in the position; a statement of teaching and research interests and how these interests would be advanced by a fellowship, including needs for laboratory access or special equipment; three letters of recommendation; a curriculum vitae; and samples of written work

Applications should be submitted electronically at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16562. The selection of early career fellows will be made in consultation with collaborating schools and departments. The deadline for receiving applications for early career fellowships is November 1, 2020.  No application will be accepted after this deadline. Applications will not be accepted by email.

Inquiries about this program can be directed to facultydevelopment@stanford.edu. Please include “IDEAL Provostial Fellows” in the subject line.

Frequent Asked Questions for IDEAL Provostial Fellows

Stanford News article about IDEAL Provostial Fellows Program - October 8, 2020

More information about Stanford University’s IDEAL initiative and the President’s Announcement of the Fellowships can be found here:

https://president.stanford.edu/2020/06/30/advancing-racial-justice-at-stanford/

https://ourvision.stanford.edu/microsites/ideal-homepage