Application Now Open: Human Rights & the Arts Fellowships for Academic Year 2023-2024

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The OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts (CHRA) invites applications for two one-year research and teaching fellowships in human rights and the arts. Scholars and/or artists with teaching experience and a research project are eligible to apply. The 2023–2024 fellowships cover a period of one year, i.e. two academic semesters, from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. The positions are based at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. The fellowships include a full-time salary, health benefits, and a research budget. Fellows are expected to participate in the academic life of Bard and OSUN, pursue their own research, and contribute to the CHRA’s public programs. The annual salary for this position is $65,000.

The Fellows will pursue their own research or creative practice within the interdisciplinary and critical framework of the Center, and contribute to the curriculum of the Center’s M.A. Program in Human Rights and the Arts by teaching one course each semester. The M.A. program, which launched in the 2021–22 academic year, explores the encounter between human rights and the arts as fields of academic knowledge, professional work, and artistic practice, while also offering students opportunities to explore ways of confronting the conceptual and practical perplexities of that encounter. The goal of the fellowship program is to support outstanding thinkers and practitioners and thus to strengthen research, creation, and teaching at the intersection of human rights and the arts. The Center will award one Fellowship to a practitioner (artistic or activist/advocate), and one to a researcher or scholar, each year. We recognize that these categories are often blurry and encourage applications from those who cannot in advance specify to which group they belong.

Compensation and Benefits
Fellows will receive a full-time salary and health insurance. Fellows will also be provided with office space, a computer, and library access.

During the 2023–2024 academic year, the Fellows will focus their research or practice on the intersection for human rights and the arts, and work as part of a team of faculty and students in the Center. In addition, the Fellows are expected to:

  • Deliver a public talk during their appointment year on a relevant topic and based on their work.
  • Design and teach one graduate course each semester in the M.A. Program in Human Rights & the Arts, with the understanding that such courses will be open to the broader Bard College and OSUN communities.
  • Actively participate in the public life of the OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts, including taking part in or organizing public events, productions or exhibitions, and workshops or conferences.
  • Be in residence at Bard College or the vicinity, or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to provide substantial campus presence to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation (e.g., teaching, office hours, attendance at events, etc.).

Please note that Fellows may not hold any other fellowships or visiting positions concurrently, and that the appointments cannot be deferred to a later term.

Applicants should hold a terminal degree or equivalent training and professional accomplishment in their field, have experience teaching or lecturing at the college level, and possess a track record of successful research and scholarship, creative practice, or civic engagement and advocacy.

Application Instructions
Candidates should apply online by submitting the following documents to Interfolio at:

  • A cover letter summarizing your current research and proposed work during the appointment period. The statement should not exceed 1,500 words.
  • Curriculum vitae and list of publications, performances, exhibits, or projects.
  • Teaching statement – not in excess of 500 words and including a reflection on diversity, inclusion, and equality in the context of this Fellowship – and brief descriptions of two proposed courses.
  • Sample of recent scholarly, artistic, or professional work.
  • Contact information for three professional references (including email address and phone number).

All materials must be received by Thursday, January 5, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST.
The position begins on July 1, and Fellows are expected to be in residence at the College during the teaching semesters.
Questions about the fellowship or about the application process should be sent to [email protected]

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