Graduate Fellowship opportunity

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Mellon-Sawyer Graduate Fellowships


Applications are sought from current doctoral students at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University for two Mellon-Sawyer Graduate Fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year. The Fellows will be involved in the scholarly activities of the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation, led by Professor Kate McLoughlin (Oxford) and Dr Niall Munro (Oxford Brookes).  The Series will bring together academics, creative practitioners and policy experts in a series of events to discuss the contribution of cultural practices of commemoration to post-war reconstruction and reconciliation across the world.  Three modes of commemoration will be highlighted in turn: textual (term 1); monumental (term 2); and aural (term 3). Questions which will be explored in the series include:

  • What roles do cultural practices of commemoration play in the work of post-war reconstruction and reconciliation?
  • Can commemoration help to reintegrate military veterans into civilian society?
  • What impact do the internet and social media have upon commemoration, reconstruction and reconciliation?
  • How do different cultures use commemoration?

The Fellows are expected to be working on topics in the humanities or social sciences which engage the themes of the series, and will benefit from the opportunity to play an active part in the seminar activities. They will be able to gain valuable professional training by working with the Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow to organise the seminars and chairing sessions at the Pecha Kucha event and the Postgraduate Conference, and will be offered access to appropriate training in the Humanities Division and from the Oxford Learning Institute’s portfolio of courses for research staff.

Each Fellow will receive a tax-free bursary of £14,296, payable in three termly instalments.

To apply, please send the following materials to (University of Oxford students) or (Oxford Brookes students) by 12 noon on 6 March 2017:

  1. A cover letter (maximum two pages) stating your interest in the Fellowships, providing details of your doctoral research and explaining how it would benefit from and contribute to the Seminar Series;
  2. A CV;
  3. A letter of support from your supervisor.