Rachel Carson Center Fellowships for International Scholars in Germany, 2015

Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society is awarding writing fellowships to postdoctoral and senior fellows from a variety of countries and disciplines. Fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major research project, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium and to present their research at the center. Applicants’ research and writing should ideally pertain to the central theme of the RCC -transformations in environment and society. Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. All successful applicants should plan to begin their fellowship between 1 September 2015 and 1 December 2016. The application deadline is 31 January 2015.. The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2015–16 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The fellowship program, directed by Christof Mauch (LMU Munich) and Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum) is designed to bring together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history and related disciplines. The center will award fellowships to scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should ideally pertain to the central theme of the RCC – transformations in environment and society. Research at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship between environmental and social changes, and in particular the reasons—the social, political, cultural, and environmental factors—behind these transformations. The concept of “transformations” gives us an adjustable lens that allows us to keep in our sights a vast range of changes—from the quick adjustments in human behavior that interest sociologists to the gradual changes over millennia that are central for geologists and climatologists, and of course the short- and long-term shifts that fascinate historians and philosophers. The Carson Center offers three types of fellowships: Carson Fellowships, Carson Interdisciplinary Fellowships and Carson Outreach Fellowships.. These are writing fellowships. Fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major research project, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium and to present their research at the center.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Applicants’ research and writing should ideally pertain to the central theme of the RCC -transformations in environment and society.
Who can apply to this scholarship?
· The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2015–16 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The center will award fellowships to scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines.
· The outreach fellowship is intended for candidates whose work promotes public engagement with the topic of transformations in environment and society. They invite applications from documentary filmmakers and writers in particular.
· Scholars from the humanities should apply together with scholars from the sciences or field practitioners with the purpose of authoring a collaborative project. All members of the collaboration should plan to be in residence in Munich at the same time; alternately, a humanities scholar who is collaborating with someone at LMU Munich (or at another Munich institution) can also apply for an interdisciplinary scholarship.
Benefits of the scholarship: The RCC will pay for a replacement of the successful candidate at his or her home institution; alternatively it will pay a stipend that is commensurate with experience and current employment. Fellowship funding is determined and negotiated on an individual basis between each fellow and the directors. The amount depends on numerous factors, including the fellow’s current salary level,  their level of experience, the number of people (partners, family members) accompanying the fellow, the duration of the fellowship, and the continuation of funding from their home institution. Fellows can either keep their salary—in this case the Carson Center replaces the salary at the fellow’s home institution—or they receive their own separate fellowship. Initially, fellows will be asked to classify themselves and make a suggestion for fellowship funding based on their current situation. It may serve as a point of orientation that the gross basic income of a chair at Bavarian universities is 64,000 euros, that of a tenured associate professor is around 52,000 euros, and that of a tenure-track junior professor (with one or two book publications) is 46,000 euros per annum.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. All successful applicants should plan to begin their fellowship between 1 September 2015 and 1 December 2016; it will not be possible to start a fellowship awarded in this round at a later date.
Number of scholarships: Not Known

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