Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Program

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As part of an ongoing commitment to diversifying our programs, the Department of Art solicits applications to the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  Postdoctoral fellows will join a faculty of 29 Art and Architectural Historians, archaeologists, and studio artists. The department is particularly interested in hosting postdoctoral fellows who are underrepresented in the field of art history, and/or those with a research interest in race, justice, and equity. The goal of this program is to provide a mentored professional development opportunity to train the next generation of scholars for future tenure-track positions at UVa or elsewhere.   

Professional Development ​

 Postdoctoral Fellows selected under this program will be appointed for two years (subject to annual review) and will carry out research, teaching and professional development.  In addition to mentoring within the department, Fellows will join a university-wide cohort for additional career development programs and opportunities.   

Recognizing that teaching is an important part of preparation for a faculty position, fellows will participate in course development training and mentoring during their first semester and teach one independent course in each of the following three semesters. 

With the aim of building professional research networks and community, Fellows are encouraged to engage and interact with one (or more) of UVa’s many research centers and networks while in residence at the University. Some examples include: The Equity Center, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African StudiesIndigenousStudies@UVA, the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, the Democracy Initiative, the Memory Project, the Center for the Study of Race and Law, the Center for Race and Public Education in the SouthDigital Humanities@UVA and Environmental Humanities at UVA.  



Review of applications will begin April 12, 2021.  For full consideration, applications should be complete by that date. 


Applicants who receive a PhD between August 24, 2019 and August 24, 2021 are eligible to apply.  


Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Art Department Chair, Douglas Fordham