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Perry World House Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Announcement

The Global Innovation Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program during the 2019-2020 academic year. The Global Innovation Program is the research arm of Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s new university-wide hub for global engagement and interdisciplinary international policy research. Perry World House connects Penn to the international policy world through research, student engagement, and public programming, bringing the university’s intellectual resources to bear on the urgent global challenges of the 21st century.

We hope to bring several postdoctoral fellows to campus for the 2019-2020 academic year. We are seeking excellent scholars who study global affairs and have interest in interdisciplinary outreach and policy relevance. We are particularly interested in applicants in the following areas:

  • The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance
  • Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography

The Future of the Global Order

From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Seas to the global economic and political effects of new technologies and questions of how international institutions will handle diverse questions such as ISIS-driven mass killings, the post-Cold War global order may be at a tipping point. In addition, systemic trends such as globalization and climate change mean that the challenges of today and tomorrow will be global – and require global responses. The role of automated trading algorithms in the 2010 “Flash Crash” in the United States, combined with the specter of drone warfare around the world due and the proliferation of military robotics, highlight how the intersection of technologies such as cyber and robotics presents enormous challenges for global business and diplomatic norms. In a time of change, academic research has the potential to shed significant light on these issues, and highlight new and important approaches for the global policy community.

In this theme area, Perry World House will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on four areas: the implications of emerging technologies for global politics, shifting global power balances and how they influence both state and non-state actors, the evolution of international legal regimes, and the ability of the international community to sustain effective governing institutions in times of change.

Global Shifts

Urbanization, migration, and demographic changes are transforming the human environment, creating both new challenges and opportunities. The UN High Commission for Refugees said in 2015 that the world faces the highest level of human displacement since its founding in 1950. New and changing migration patterns, whether driven by civil wars, instability due to environmental change, economic hardships, or potential opportunities elsewhere, have depth and nuance that have proven hard to predict – or track. At the same time, over 66% of the world’s population will live in urban spaces by 2050, raising critical questions about urban vitality and sustainability.

Yet, the diverse causes and consequences of urbanization, migration, and demographic change have not been fully understood, and are too often examined in isolation. The University of Pennsylvania is poised to contribute to pressing policy debates and to help develop new approaches to these global shifts given the University’s numerous strengths in urban studies, sociology, demography, law, and politics. The Global Innovation Program at Perry World House will bring together Penn’s strengths in these areas through an interconnected examination of urbanization, migration, and demography.

Requirements and Application Information

Postdoctoral fellows in Global Order and Global Shifts research areas will pursue their own research as well as participate in the intellectual life of the Global Innovation Program and Perry World House. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to give a presentation during the academic year in the Perry World House Seminar Series, publish policy relevant scholarship related to Perry World House themes, and attend regularly scheduled seminars. They will also be expected to spend up to 10% of their time contributing to the intellectual environment at Perry World House, including working with Perry World House’s Undergraduate Student Fellows, as well as designing and planning engagement in relevant theme areas. Perry World House will also introduce each postdoctoral fellow to related faculty and leaders of centers and institutes at the University of Pennsylvania.

Applications are welcome from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees (including a J.D. in the case of applicants focused on international legal regimes) in the last two years (not earlier than 2017), or who expect to complete their degree by June 2019. Applications will be reviewed starting Tuesday, January 8, 2019. To receive full consideration, applications and letters of recommendation should be received by that date.

Upon provision of and contingent upon proof of conferral of the PhD degree, all postdoctoral fellow positions pay a stipend of $53,000 plus relevant fees and health insurance. The position also provides $2,000 in research support.

To apply, please find link below. Applicants will be asked to complete a short form as well as upload a cover letter, CV/resume, one page research statement, writing sample, and unofficial PhD transcript (only required for current graduate students). We will also ask for the name and email address of two letter writers who can submit a letter of recommendation.

General Information

The University of Pennsylvania is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse community at Penn (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). 

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

If you have questions, please email postdoc@pwh.upenn.edu.

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Perry World House Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Announcement

Borders & Boundaries

The Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics has two openings for post-doctoral research fellows for one-year, renewable, full-time appointments. Fellows will split their time between their own research and work with a team led by Professor Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Law, Political Science, and Business Ethics. The Project is concerned with boundaries between organized human communities, broadly understood. International borders, border regions and border crossings have multiple significance as designations of state authority, security buffers, expressions of social meaning and opportunities for economic integration. Border regions and activities speak to national and local encounters with neighbors and the rest of the world. This project is concerned with how humans demarcate the space between “us” and “them.” It contextualizes border architecture, infrastructure and institutions as expressions of various social, political and economic anxieties associated with globalization. This research team will concern itself with a broad range of questions relating to “bordering” in world politics. Applicants with an interest in territorial politics; migration and movement across borders; development in and across border regions; border crossing regimes, architectures and institutions; transnational migration; transnational crime, human trafficking and law enforcement across borders; and related issues are welcome to apply. Skills in empirical spatial analysis, GIS technologies, mapping technologies, experimental analyses, computerized textual and imaging analyses, and similar technologies are highly desirable, as are computer programming skills and experience using large computer databases and statistical software.

Requirements and Application Information

There are no mandatory teaching responsibilities. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to give a presentation during the academic year in the Perry World House Seminar Series, engage with Perry World House’s Undergraduate Student Fellows, and attend regularly scheduled seminars. Perry World House will also introduce each postdoctoral fellow to related faculty and leaders of centers and institutes at the University of Pennsylvania.

Postdocs will be housed with the Global Innovation Program in Perry World House.

Applications are welcome from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last two years (not earlier than 2017), or who expect to complete their degree by June 2019. Applications will be reviewed starting Tuesday, January 8, 2019. To receive full consideration, applications and letters of recommendation should be received by that date.

To apply, please find link below. Applicants will be asked to complete a short form as well as upload a cover letter, CV/resume, one-page research statement, writing sample, and unofficial PhD transcript (only required for current graduate students). We will also ask for the name and email address of two letter writers who can submit a letter of recommendation.

General Information

Upon provision of and contingent upon proof of conferral of the PhD degree, all postdoctoral fellow positions pay a stipend of $53,000 plus relevant fees and health insurance. The position also provides $2,000 in research support.

The University of Pennsylvania is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse community at Penn (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). 

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

If you have questions, please email postdoc@pwh.upenn.edu.

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The Global Innovation Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House invites applications for its 2019-2020 Lightning Scholars Program. This program brings untenured, but tenure-track, faculty at either the assistant or associate level from around the world to Philadelphia for a semester or year of writing, fellowship, and bridging the gap between academia and the policy world.

Since launching in 2016, Perry World House has catalyzed interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research by scholars at Penn and around the globe and convened conversations in Philadelphia on the most pressing global challenges. With its post-doctoral fellowships, Distinguished Visiting Fellows, and Visiting Scholars programs, Perry World House has connected Penn’s students and faculty with the world’s leading academics and policy makers, infusing our research, teaching and, engagement with the ideas, wisdom and experience of those shaping world events.

This new fellowship program will allows untenured faculty members at leading research universities around the world to join Perry World House and the Penn community for a semester or full academic year in residence in Philadelphia to produce a major research project or book. While the fellowship program is for faculty working on global affairs topics, preference will be given to faculty working on subjects broadly related to our two research themes, The Future of the Global Order: Technology, Power and Governance and Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography. More information on our research themes can be found here: https://global.upenn.edu/perryworldhouse/research.

The ideal candidates for this new program will be looking for an in-residence fellowship away from their home institution that will provide the space and support to write, but also the opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary and vibrant community of global affairs scholars and practitioners. Perry World House is especially interested in faculty whose work connects to important global policy conversations and who will want to engage in dialogue with some of the many policymakers from around the world who visit Perry World House.

The program’s compensation is significant and negotiated on a case-by-case basis. The program is intended to allow the selected Lightning Sscholar faculty member to take a comfortable leave from their home institution often by supporting the difference between a one semester sabbatical provided by the home institution and a full year leave. Although final compensation will depend on the circumstances of each applicant, the program will provide at least $50,000 as well as relevant fees and health insurance, if needed. The fellowship will also include $5,000 in research support, as well as the opportunity to help shape workshops and colloquia at Perry World House.

Applications, which should be submitted via Interfolio, are welcome from scholars who have either a Ph.D. or equivalent degrees (including a J.D.), are standing faculty members at a college or university, and are on the tenure track but still untenured. Applications for the 2019-20 academic years will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting Monday, January 14, 2019. Applicants must include a cover-letter, three-page proposal, CV, and letters of support from their home department/institution. To receive full consideration, applications and letters of support should be received by that date.

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Perry World House announces a course enrichment grant program to build bridges between classes in the Penn curriculum and the world of global policy. The program will support Global Policy Course Enrichment Grants to allow Penn faculty to make a course more policy-relevant by supporting the design of a new course, curricular redesign of an existing course, guest speakers from relevant policy communities, the development of policy-oriented case studies, or other creative connections with the policy world.

Since launching in 2016, Perry World House has sought to connect Penn’s students and faculty with those who make and shape policy in capitals around the world. We recently received a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to further improve the transfer of research and expertise between higher education and the policy world. In addition to funding new workshops and programming at Perry World House, the grant will support course development to better prepare students, with real world examples and perspectives, to work professionally in policy.

The course enrichment grants are for Penn faculty members to either rework an existing course or launch a new class. Applications will be considered for both undergraduate and graduate courses from any of Penn’s 12 schools with preference given to courses addressing policy relevant subjects broadly related to our two research themes, The Future of the Global Order: Technology, Power and Governance and Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography. More information on our research themes and programs undertaken in relation to them can be found here: https://global.upenn.edu/perryworldhouse/research.

Grants are available for $10,000, with a maximum of $5,000 provided to the faculty member as research support and a maximum of $5,000 to support direct expenses. Examples of direct support include:

  • Hiring a research assistant to assist with curricular development.

  • Paying for travel and honoraria for policymakers to serve as guest lecturers or discussants in the course.

  • Research into a case study or simulation module for use in the course. The case study must require original research and lead to the creation of a 15-20-page written, or multimedia, teaching materials that can be used in publications and other courses. The simulation, for example of an event or crisis, will have clearly developed roles, scenarios, and supporting documents.

  • The purchase of materials, modules, or other teaching instruments.

The course must be taught in the Penn curriculum within one year of receipt of the grant. At the end of the grant cycle (the end of the semester in which the course is taught), the grant recipient must submit a 1,500-word report on the grant to Perry World House, describing the uses of the funds, sharing student feedback/evaluations, and explaining how the material can be of future use. Should the grant be used to develop a case study or simulation, the materials related to it should also be submitted as part of the report.

Applications are welcome from any standing Penn faculty member. While applications will be considered on a rolling-basis, the deadline has been extended and review will begin on May 31st, 2018. Applicants must include:

  • a 500-word proposal that details the objectives, strategy, and manner of evaluating policy relevance;

  • a draft or existing syllabus;

  • names or descriptions of exemplary policy visitors (if requesting funds for visitors);

  • and, a budget (in a word document).

Applications should be submitted to: worldhouse@pwh.upenn.edu. Please include “Course Enrichment Grants” in the subject line of your email.

If you have questions, please email Dr. John Gans of Perry World House at johngans@upenn.edu.

Perry World House (PWH) expands and deepens Penn’s connections with international policy and thought leaders around the world by providing a platform, audience, and academic environment for them to share their expertise, generate new ideas, and broaden their work. To that end, Perry World House welcomes the Penn community — faculty, research centers, institutes, programs, students, and student groups — to apply for funding of up to $2,500 to bring an international policy visitor to Penn from abroad. With this grant program, PWH hopes to foster greater exposure of Penn students and faculty to interdisciplinary international research and policy engagement, as well as to identify speakers who embody the PWH mission of bridging research and policy. 

Invitees should be policymakers, practitioners, thought leaders or scholars based outside the United States whose work engages pressing global policy challenges. We encourage visits that are for at least several days and that allow visitors to engage both deeply and broadly across Penn’s campus. Visitors may, for example, speak at a conference, make a guest appearance in a class and/or collaborate on a research or policy project. To facilitate interdisciplinary engagement, we likewise encourage visits that connect a guest to multiple schools, departments, research centers and programs. 

Applications to the PWH Travel Grant Program are competitive and will be judged based on the goals of the program and Perry World House’s priorities, including, but not limited to, the visitor’s engagement with key global policy challenges and the commitment of potential hosts to maximize the impact of the visit on the Penn community. Applications for funding will be considered both in the fall and spring semesters.  Funding cannot be used for any other purpose than that for which it was applied. 

Preference will be given to speakers who satisfy the below criteria. The $2,500 is intended to offset the costs of airfare, ground transportation, visas, associated travel costs, and accommodation for the duration of the speaker’s stay. Office space may be made available to the visitor at Perry World House. Depending on the qualifications of the visitor and the nature of the program, Perry World House may ask the visitor to participate in a seminar, lecture, student meeting, or other activities that advance Perry World House’s mission.

Preferred qualifications of speakers 
PWH seeks to bring diverse, interdisciplinary visitors from a variety of national backgrounds to Penn. However, we will give preference to prospective visitors who: 

•    Engage in pressing global policy questions through scholarly research, praxis, or policy advocacy;
•    Propose a program for the visit that engages deeply with Penn faculty and students and facilities interdisciplinary work
•    Are recognized global thought leaders; or
•    Demonstrate desire/commitment to interdisciplinary engagement.

 

Eligibility

Penn faculty and students are eligible and encouraged to apply. Students must apply with the documented support of at least one faculty member. Applicants may apply for a grant no more than once a semester. All questions on the application should be answered completely and thoroughly.

Grant Term and Budget

The grant term is limited to the end of the academic year. Larger multi-year initiatives will be considered (up to two years maximum). Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Grants will not exceed $2,500.

Time-line

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. The application approval process can take up to one full month, please submit your application accordingly.

Acknowledgment

In the event that a grant is awarded, advertisement for the speaker is expected to acknowledgment that the speaker’s visit was made possible in part by a grant from the Perry World House International Visitors Grant Program. (Perry World House will provide its logo upon request.)

If you have any questions, please contact worldhouse@pwh.upenn.edu.

 

Submit your application here.