Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Translation Studies

By | September 16, 2020
Postdoctoral fellowship in critical translation Studies

The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan announces a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Translation Studies. The fellowship is funded by the Mellon Foundation in conjunction with a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Sites of Translation in the Multilingual Midwest . The candidate will have the opportunity to pursue independent scholarship related to translation, gain teaching experience, and engage with interdisciplinary translation initiatives across the university and in the community beyond the university.

We welcome applications from scholars undertaking comparative research in histories, theories, and practices of translation, and engaging critically with current debates in the field. While we are interested in projects that focus on any language or historical period, we are particularly interested in work that either relates to the Midwestern region and its multilingual history, or in projects that engage translation in public-facing contexts (including medical, legal, political, environmental, journalistic, literary, artistic, and other forms of community engagement).

The recipient will be appointed as a postdoctoral fellow for a one-year term beginning August 1, 2021 and is expected to be in residence during the academic year. The postdoctoral fellow will teach one course related to the Minor in Translation Studies, and be actively involved in helping coordinate activities related to the Sawyer Seminar. Mentoring and professional development training will also be an integral component of the position. The remainder of the fellow’s time will be devoted to pursuing research. Starting salary will be $60,000 plus benefits.

Applications must be submitted via email to no later than October 15, 2020. Applications must include the following as separate pdf attachments: cover letter with c.v. and dissertation abstract, research statement, teaching statement, writing sample related to critical translation studies (20-30 pages), three reference letters. The University of Michigan and the Department of Comparative Literature are committed to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants are welcome to comment, either in the cover letter or in a separate statement, on how their research, teaching, and/or service experience will enhance our efforts to support these values and the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.


Fellows must hold a PhD in a humanities discipline or in the humanistic social sciences.

To be eligible for this competition, the doctoral degree must be received between January 2017 and August 2021.

Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured, and do not hold a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD but expect to file their final thesis prior to the starting date of the fellowship must provide a letter from their home institution (department chair, head of graduate studies, or advisor) confirming the degree award schedule

Selected recipients may not hold another fellowship simultaneous with this one.

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