The Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities was announced by USC provost Elizabeth Garrett on Nov. 1.
The program will play a pivotal part in fostering the strengths of the humanities at USC, and they will link the expertise of faculty and doctoral students with the knowledge and insights gained from their own research and scholarship.
It builds on other signature USC programs that champion the importance of the humanities for our academic community. These programs include Visions and Voices, faculty research grants for Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and expanded support for outstanding humanities Ph.D. students through Provost’s Ph.D. fellowships.
The Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program will attract junior scholars from excellent academic institutions worldwide, allow them to develop and expand independent research programs and engage them in the intellectual life of USC campuses through interactions with faculty, other postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and undergraduates.
The scholars are expected to bring fresh ideas and voices to ongoing conversations in the humanities and infuse the scholarly community with new energy. In return, USC will help prepare the scholars for the academy, providing them with faculty mentoring, research support and time to develop strong research and teaching portfolios.
When fully phased in, the program will support up to 10 scholars who will be appointed for two years in one of the following programs: American studies, art history, classics, comparative literature, critical studies (cinema), East Asian languages and cultures, English, French, history, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, and Slavic languages and literatures.
Scholars will be selected through a competitive process involving distinguished faculty from USC humanities departments.
The awards will be available to recent Ph.D.’s who show promise as potential faculty at outstanding academic institutions. In addition to considering the scholarly qualifications and professional promise of candidates, the selection committee will assess the USC host department’s demonstrated commitment to mentoring and professional development, including its strategy for integrating postdoctoral scholars into the life of USC’s academic community.
Each scholar will receive a salary of $50,000 per year plus fringe benefits, as well as a research and travel account of $6,000 per year. Provost’s humanities scholars will be expected to teach three courses over the four semesters of the appointment, one course per semester with one semester free for full-time focus on research.
The courses taught should be dictated by the best interests of the scholar’s professional development.