The USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities is an interdisciplinary community of postdoctoral scholars and faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows meet regularly in formal and informal settings to present and discuss advanced scholarly research. Postdoctoral fellows are affiliated with the Society as well as with a USC department of their choice, and have faculty mentors in both. Postdoctoral fellows in the humanities engage with each other as well as humanities departments, institutes, and centers at USC and in the broader Los Angeles area.

The application portal for the 2022-2024 cycle will open at 5pm PST on Monday, October 4, 2021. The application portal closes at 5pm PST on Friday, December 3, 2021. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the deadline.

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences to be considered for the fellowship.
  • We adhere to the characterization of the humanities and humanistic social sciences provided by the ACLS: The humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art history and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film and media studies; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric and communication; science and technology studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.
  • Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches and qualitative/interpretive methodologies (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary humanities and related social sciences are welcome, and most programs do not restrict the focus of research to any geographic region or to any cultural or linguistic group of study.
  • Scholars who work in those areas using humanistic methods are eligible to apply; however, applicants must be affiliated with one of the USC departments/programs listed in the drop-down menu in the application. You will be able to see the complete list once you access the portal. Not all departments in the humanities and humanistic social sciences participate in every cycle. If your preferred department is not listed and you do not find an adequate substitute, please check back next cycle.
  • To apply for the 2022-2024 cohort, candidates must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2018, and must have completed their doctoral degree by July 1, 2022.
  • The dates for completion of the Ph.D. degree are strictly observed, with no exceptions. “Date of completion” is defined as the day the applicant officially fulfills all requirements for the Ph.D. degree according to the guidelines of their institution.
  • Citizens from any country are eligible for this fellowship.
  • Candidates with a Ph.D. granted by an institution outside the U.S. are eligible to apply.
  • Scholars who have held or currently hold terminal postdoctoral positions are eligible to apply.
  • Scholars who have received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California are not eligible to apply.
  • Scholars who are permanently employed in full-time, tenure-track positions are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who applied previously and wish to be considered again must submit a new application.

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Application deadline: December 3, 2021

Date posted: November 9, 2021