***Fellowship applications for 2013–2014 are now closed.***
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.
New Fellowship Opportunity for 2013–15:
UCLA Visiting Fellows in History of the Material Text
The UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies announces 2 two-year visiting positions in History of the Material Text, to be housed in the Departments of History and English, respectively. These positions are designed to enable participation in the life of the Center and the appropriate department, as well as fuller use of the riches of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the special collections of the UCLA Libraries. We seek scholars of early modern studies (16th through 18th centuries), broadly defined, whose expertise includes but is not limited to book history, history of the material text, and history of print cultures in Europe and beyond. Applicants should have received their doctorates in the last six years (no earlier than July 1, 2007 and no later than September 30, 2013).
Visiting fellows will teach two courses per year in their respective departments, one of which would be held at the Clark Library. Fellows are also expected to make a substantive contribution to the Center’s working groups and other research initiatives.
Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000 per year, plus medical benefits for the fellow and dependents and a $3,000 research fund.
To apply, candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae,
20-page writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to:
Barbara Fuchs, Director
Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies
310 Royce Hall
Letters of recommendation may also
be submitted electronically to:
Application dossiers are due by Feb. 1, 2013.
[N.B. This new fellowship opportunity does not require
applicants to fill out our online fellowship application]
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 2013–2014 will be:
Iberian Globalization of the Early Modern World
Directed by Anna More (UCLA) and Ivonne del Valle (UC Berkeley)
Iberian imperialism was one of the first attempts to link the globe through supposedly universal values, in this case derived from Christianity. Yet Spanish and Portuguese monarchies strove to achieve this global reach with technological, scientific, and juridical practices that accompanied and at times competed with their evangelical pursuits. These attempts to overhaul vast cultural territories between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries resulted in a variety of consequences and responses, from absolute upheavals, to compromises and new syntheses. The purpose of this core program is to examine the radical changes that Iberian empires brought to areas such as land tenure, technological practices, racial classifications, and cultural expression in light of the deep histories of the indigenous, African, and Asian regions they affected. Through this investigation, we wish to arrive at a more precise concept of globalization in its early modern guise.
Session 1: Contested Cultures of the Sacred, Oct. 25-26, 2013
This conference will address the role of religion in the transformation of pre-Hispanic, African and Asian worlds into Westernized milieus. It will address Christianity not as dogma but as a flexible corpus of ideas and practices engaged by the different local populations in novel ways. Sessions may investigate the relationship between religion and the arts (theater, painting, music) as a source of popular culture that remains significant even now. Likewise, since evangelization had the double task of Christianizing and civilizing the native populations, another field covered will be the impact of religion, both Christian and native, in a variety of non-religious practices and institutions such as knowledge production, the university, and politics. Through these themes, the conference will question the sharp divide between a religious and a secular base for modern societies.
Session 2: Instrumental Transformations: Technology, Labor, Nature, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014
While often supposedly a neutral instrument for gathering knowledge or transforming nature, technology, understood broadly as an instrumental practice toward a material end, had an enormous impact on the creation of a colonial world. Mining, cattle, agriculture, urbanism itself, radically transformed not only the environment of the newly acquired territories, but through this, the relationships of people to their surroundings, their practices and to themselves. Furthermore, the labor required for new endeavors such as mining, pearl diving, and textile production was frequently secured by the forced relocation of local or external populations, and therefore the uprooting of cultural practices, including technological and scientific, that had preceded the colonial ones. Drawing on new work in history of science, labor and cultural studies, panels will address the material effects, both designed and unintended, of technological practices in the Iberian empires.
Session 3: New Ideas and their Global Locations, May 2-3, 2014
This conference will explore the changes brought about to the traditional epistemologies and imaginary structures of both Europeans and non-Europeans when faced with the consequences of Iberian expansion. Reflecting the creative spaces in which ideas took form, it will consider not only such emerging genres as the novel but also those more prevalent in Iberian colonies, such as histories, sermons, theater and poetry. Through these it will address the responses of European and colonial authors to the massive challenges posed by the novelty, violence and desire unleashed in global expansion. At the same time panels will also consider the impact of non-written cultures on erudite culture, as well as ways that ideas circulated outside of the written word. Panels will thus explore how knowledge was produced through processes of exchange that involved all sectors of society, including African and indigenous peoples.
Scholars will need to have received their doctorates in the last six years, (no earlier than July 1, 2007 and no later than September 30, 2013). 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.
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.
This coming summer’s Institute is:
The Future of Early Modern Studies (July 22 thru August 10, 2013)
led by Helen Deutsch (UCLA)