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 contemporary religion and/in the city and an engagement with social justice issues in urban contexts. 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 15, 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.

Application Materials

Post-Doctoral Fellowship applications should include the following materials: Online application form, Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, transcripts, research agenda, writing sample, course sample and three letters of recommendation.

Applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials by January 15. Incomplete applications may not be considered. EO/AAE. Morgan State University is a historically Black university, designated as Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University.  

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