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Job Ad: Religion & Cities Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Center for the Study of Religion and the City (CSRC) within the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University (Baltimore MD, USA) invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship starting in the academic year 2019-2020. This fellowship is generously supported by a Public Theology grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

The area of specialization is open but should include a focus on religion and/in the city, more specifically a focus on a contemporary religion or religious group (or relatively recent cases, not on ancient, medieval, or early modern religions) which engages social justice issues in urban contexts. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to public scholarship, including engagements with social justice issues in partnership with local communities. We welcome applications from candidates whose research engages the following:  

  • the religious character of city life

  • the impact of urban development upon religious communities
    religious responses to social justice issues in a particular city or cities

  • religious activism and city politics

  • demographic shifts in urban religious populations

  • and other phenomenon regarding religion and cities

We are also particularly interested in candidates whose research agenda while at Morgan State can be connected to the city of Baltimore.

The fellowship will provide $48,000 per year in salary for two years (i.e., $96,000 total salary for 24 months), and official status at Morgan State University granting access to the university library, web, educational, and athletic facilities, university health insurance, and other fringe benefits.

Post-doctoral fellows will be expected to spend the entirety of their two-year fellowships at the CSRC at Morgan State University (unless a tenure-track position is secured in the interim), to actively participate in the intellectual, organizational, and scholarly life of the department and Center (workshops, seminars, social events, etc.), conduct community engaged research in Baltimore, help run the CSRC, present their research at CSRC conferences and colloquia, and teach one undergraduate course related to their research during each semester.

For full consideration, apply by January 5, 2019.

Final decisions will be made by March of 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must (1) have or will have defended their doctoral dissertations between August 15, 2017 and July 10, 2019 and not have begun a tenure-track job; (2) have a dissertation focused primarily on issues related to the study of religion and the city; (3) have experience in community engaged work.

Application Requirements

Post-Doctoral Fellowship applications must include the following materials to be considered for funding:

  1. Online application: complete and submit contact, applicant, and proposal information forms

  2. Cover letter: 1-2 pages as a personal statement briefly your area of expertise and proposed post-doctoral research and public engagement agenda, why and how they fit this fellowship’s selection criteria, dissertation-committee faculty members, the dissertation publication strategy, dissertation defense date, and (post- post-doctoral fellowship) career plans or goals

  3. Curriculum vitae

  4. Official graduate school transcript

  5. Research Philosophy/Agenda: a concise 2-3 page summary of the dissertation research question(s), its scholarly significance, research design, data and methods, analytical approach, major findings, publication plan, etc., and a brief proposal for a research project connected to the city of Baltimore to be conducted during the two-year fellowship.

  6. Writing sample: a representative dissertation chapter or journal article; no specific length requirements.

  7. Proposed course description: a 1-2 page description of or syllabus for the undergraduate course that the applicant proposes to teach twice during the fellowship.

  8. Confidential letters of recommendation: three (3) letters, one from the dissertation chair and two from dissertation committee members. The letters must describe in specific terms (a) the overall quality and promise of the post-doctoral applicant; (b) the quality of the applicant’s dissertation, scholarly significance and contribution, and promise of influence; and (c) an explicit description of the stage of the dissertation in its development, progress, or defense date confirming the applicant’s readiness to begin a postdoctoral position by the start date.

Applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials by the deadline. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Ph.D. prior to appointment preferred. EO/AAE. Morgan State University is a historically Black university, designated as Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University.  Apply at: https://morgan.peopleadmin.com/postings/1933