Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) Fellows


The Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College, in its inaugural year, seeks three one-year full-time CHI Fellows from varied disciplines to explore the theme of "Mattering Lives."  Our theme resonates with urgent ongoing cultural and political conversations about the ways in which lives matter—that is, take on meaning and value—in differing ways.  It also implicates emerging questions about the nature and encoding of the human; of our materiality in relation to other forms of life, technology, and ways of being; and of the ways in which life and lives are made manifest through various forms of representation, media, and imaginative culture.  We invite applicants from scholars whose research takes up some aspect of our theme from a humanistic perspective. 


Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.


Fellows, who will have offices in the center, are expected to be in residence during the 2015-16 academic year and to participate in workshops and conferences organized to explore our theme.  These fellowships include a salary of $50,000 and, in addition, a $2,500 allowance for professional travel and research support and additional support for moving expenses. 


Candidates should submit electronically to a cover letter that addresses the connection between the candidate’s scholarship and the center’s theme, a CV, a research statement, a writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation addressed to Professor Martha M. Umphrey, Director, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Amherst College.  Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2015, and continue until the positions are filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration. 

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