Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Center administers a number of programs for senior and postdoctoral scholars.

Applications are considered once each year. Applications for appointments to be held anytime during a given fiscal year (from 1 July to 30 June) must be received in the preceding fiscal year, by 1 February.

To apply to the below listed fellowships, please use the combined post-doctoral fellowship application form found here:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Application

Our current postdoctoral fellowships include:

Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships

This theme-based resident fellowship program, established with the support of the Ahmanson Foundation of Los Angeles and the J. Paul Getty Trust, is designed to encourage the participation of junior scholars in the Center's yearlong core programs.

The core program for the academic year 2014–2015 will be:

Explorations, Encounters, and the Circulation of Knowledge, 1600–1830
Directed by Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside) and Mary Terrall (UCLA)

The circulation of knowledge, objects, and people has attracted scholarly attention in recent years from a variety of disciplines.  The core program for 2014–15 will draw on several strands of this scholarship to examine how knowledge was shaped by long-distance voyages and encounters in the global seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  We are particularly interested in the possibilities of transcultural analyses that explore how knowledge and culture were transformed by the entanglements of voyagers and locals, in Europe and beyond. The program will bring together scholars of the history of science, art history, literature, anthropology, geography, maritime history, and material texts to discuss new approaches to these questions.

Session 1: Explorations and Encounters: New Directions
November 14–15, 2014

This conference considers the new directions emerging in studies of exploration and encounters from roughly 1600–1830. Exploration history has been transformed in the last decades of the twentieth century by a welcome turn to postcolonial and feminist critiques of the grand narratives of discovery and progress that had characterized the field in the past. Increasingly in the twenty-first century, indigenous perspectives of such encounters are no longer presented as a counter-history to that of mobile Europeans who initiated a "fatal impact" into a static, local culture. Instead, practices of indigenous people are often central to symmetrical approaches that consider ambiguities, uncertain outcomes, and contingencies in these encounters. This conference will bring together scholars conducting innovative work on how diverse voyages and voyagers, indigenous and European, mutually constituted (not without conflict) knowledge and aesthetic practices across cultural lines.

Session 2: Geographies of Inscription
Feb. 6–7, 2015

The "geography of the book" has gained prominence in recent years as the spatialized counterpart to the established field of the history of the book. This conference places inscriptions printed or handwritten on paper, bound or unbound, alongside inscriptions on skin, wood, stone, monuments, metal, instruments, structures, earth, and other materials. Collectively participants will consider how the geography of such inscriptions can contribute to current studies of 17th- and 18th-century empire, trade, exploration, cosmopolitan exchange, scientific collaboration, translation, and aesthetic collaboration. Through a geography of inscription we hope to illuminate new contact zones, including a transdisciplinary zone for creating innovative scholarship. This will allow us to consider how diverse agents, instruments, and materials of inscriptions in turn reveal new insights about writers, books, printers, publishers, and their networks. Can geographies of inscription help in the larger efforts to work outside the paradigms of empire and colonization, center and periphery, and national print culture, which do not always serve 17th- and 18th-century studies well? Do they suggest alternative networks for the circulations of goods, books, people, and objects in the 17th and 18th centuries?

Session 3: Commerce, Culture, and Natural Knowledge
May 15–16, 2015

Recent work on global trade in the early modern world has examined the impact of commercial networks and the objects they exchanged on European knowledge of nature.  Commercial concerns shaped the collection and trade in artificial and natural curiosities (in the metropolis and in the field), the enslavement and transportation of people, as well as the transplantation of natural resources for exploitation in imperial sites. This conference will gather scholars working on commerce, science, and material culture in the early modern world, with the specific goal of addressing issues raised by the circumstances of encounter and exchange, aiming to complicate this picture by developing some of the symmetries outlined above.

Scholars will need to have received their doctorates in the last six years, (no earlier than July 1, 2008 and no later than September 30, 2014). Scholars whose research pertains to the announced theme are eligible to apply. Fellows are expected to make a substantive contribution to the Center’s workshops and seminars. Awards are for three consecutive quarters in residence at the Clark.

Stipend: $39,264 for the three-quarter period together with paid medical benefits for scholar and dependents.

Clark Short-Term Fellowships

Fellowship support is available to scholars with research projects that require work in any area of the Clark's collections. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree or have equivalent academic experience. Awards are for periods of one to three months in residence.

Stipend: $2,500 per month.

ASECS/Clark Fellowships

Fellowships jointly sponsored by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Clark Library are available to postdoctoral scholars and to ABD graduate students with projects in the Restoration or the eighteenth century. Fellowship holders must be members in good standing of ASECS. Awards are for one month of residency.

Stipend: $2,500 for the month of residency.

Kanner Fellowship in British Studies

This three-month fellowship, established through the generosity of Penny Kanner, supports research at the Clark Library in any area pertaining to British history and culture. The fellowship is open to both postdoctoral and predoctoral scholars.

Stipend: $7,500 for the three-month tenure.

Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliographical Fellowship

Sponsored jointly by the Clark and the Huntington Libraries, this two-month fellowship (one month at each library) provides support for bibliographical research in early modern British literature and history as well as other areas where the two libraries have common strengths; eligible projects include textual scholarship, analytical/descriptive bibliography, history of printing and/or publishers, and related fields. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree or have appropriate research experience.

Stipend: $5,500 for two months in residence.

Clark Summer Institute

To support our fellows in residency at the Clark we offer the Clark Summer Institute. Each year a professor from UCLA leads this interdisciplinary research group based at the Clark. Each Summer Institute focuses on new developments in the field and shared works-in-progress. Attending the Summer Institute is encouraged but is not a requirement of the fellowship.

More information about the coming year's Institutes can be found here.

CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies

Readers' Annotations and the Early Modern Book
The University of California, Los Angeles welcomes applications for a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in data curation for early modern studies. Awarded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, this post is based at UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Deadline December 27, 2013, full details can be found here.