Monday, November 23, 2009

Fellowship - Indiana University

Call for 2010-11 Mellon Sawyer Fellowship - Rupture and Flow: The
Circulation of Technoscientific Facts and Objects

Receipt deadline: March 1, 2010

The Sawyer Seminar and the Institute of Advanced Study at Indiana
University will award one Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral
Fellowships for a one-year appointment beginning July 1, 2010. The
Fellow will receive a stipend of $40,000 per year, as well as health
insurance and an allowance for relocation. This Sawyer Seminar is
based in science and technology studies and focuses specifically on
how facts and technologies circulate among diverse communities of
producers and consumers, acquiring or losing credibility and utility
as they move. We will explore questions including: How has the
treatment of failure and errors changed the practice of science across
disciplines and over time? How and why do cultural, social and
material forces interrupt or thwart the circulation of
technoscientific knowledge and objects, and with what consequences for
what kinds of communities? How do social, cultural, political, and
legal barriers influence technological change historically and
geographically? How is the increasing use of lay-produced science
shifting what is acknowledged and implemented in scientific practice
and policy? Applicants for this postdoctoral fellowship must have
research projects that speak to the concerns raised by the circulation
of technoscientific knowledge and objects, and the possibilities and
consequences of interrupting, reorienting, or preventing this
circulation. Besides pursuing his or her own research, the fellowship
recipient will play an active role in the intellectual life of the
Sawyer Seminar by helping to organize an ongoing seminar series and
four workshops. There will be no teaching responsibilities.

Selection Process

Each proposal will be evaluated by the conveners of the Sawyer
Seminar, an interdisciplinary group of IU faculty. The primary
evaluation criteria will be intellectual fit with the core ideas of
the Seminar, and the promise of the proposed research project,
including prospects for publication and significant advances in
tangible research. We strongly recommend applicants read the full
proposal, available at before beginning
their application. Applicants will be notified of fellowship decisions
in May 2010.


Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. in STS, Sociology,
Informatics, Geography, History, English, Anthropology, Philosophy,
Comparative Literature, or other related fields no earlier than June
30, 2005 and no later than August 1, 2010. We require proof that the
fellow has received a Ph.D. degree before taking up residence.
Applicants are welcome to send paper copies by mail or delivery to -

Ivona Hedin, Institute for Advanced Study,
Poplars 335, 400 E. 7th Street , Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

The application should include:

* 1000-word research project proposal and one-page bibliography,
in language appropriate for a multi- disciplinary panel. Please double- space and use 12-point type.
* 250-word statement of the project's potential contribution to
Indiana University's Sawyer seminar
* Curriculum vitae
* Three letters of recommendation

Fellowship recipients cannot currently hold a tenure-track position.

Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
employer. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented
groups are encouraged to apply. There is no citizenship requirement or
restriction for this fellowship. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to
apply. Employment eligibility verifications requested upon hire.