Junior Post-Doctoral Fellows 2020 at Mecila, Brazil: Apply by Jan 15

Junior Post-Doctoral Fellows 2020 at Mecila, Brazil: Apply by Jan 15


Mila (Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America) is a joint project of the following German and Latin American research institutions: Freie Universität Berlin (coordination); Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (Berlin); Universität zu Köln (Cologne); Universidade de São Paulo and Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (São Paulo); Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (Universidad Nacional de La Plata/Conicet, La Plata); and El Colegio de México (Mexico City).
Mecila will award 4 Junior Fellowships at the Mecila hub in São Paulo, Brazil, to excellent early-career scholars who have recently obtained their doctoral degree in the humanities or the social sciences. In 2020, the fellowships will have a duration of 7 months (from 1 May to 30 November). The monthly stipend is above average, covering local living costs. This call is pending the BMBF’s final approval of the Centre.

  • A Ph.D. degree in the humanities or the social sciences obtained within the last 5 years from the date of application
  • A track record of training, research, and publications on Mecila’s subject areas
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Ability to and interest in actively participating in an international, interdisciplinary, and collective research environment
  • An appropriately ambitious research project of relevance to Mecila that will enhance the applicant’s career prospects.
Selection Criteria

Applications from prospective Junior Fellows will be submitted to a peer-review process. The primary selection criterion is the applicant’s potential to yield original and excellent research results through a Mecila Junior Fellowship.
The scientific merit of the project will be assessed in terms of its originality, the importance of the scientific questions addressed, and its relevance to Mecila. An appropriate methodology and a feasible timeframe will also be part of the assessment.

How to Apply?

Applicants must send the following documents in English, Spanish or Portuguese via e-mail in a single pdf-attachment no later than 15 January 2020 to the Coordination Office in São Paulo (

  • Motivation letter (max. 500 words)
  • Research outline describing current research and envisaged contribution to the Centre (max. 1.500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications
  • Two recent writing samples: journal article (published or forthcoming), book chapter or thesis chapter

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