SEARCH SUSPENDED: Franklin Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship - Black/African Diasporic Performance Research

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Deadline: April 10, 2020

UPDATE 4/24/20: Due to COVID-19, Duke University has suspended new non-faculty searches. This Franklin Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow search has accordingly been put on pause. In the event that we are able to restart the search process at a later point, we will notify all applicants.


UPDATE: The due date for full consideration for this fellowship has been extended to 4/10/2020.

The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute in collaboration with the SLIPPAGE@Duke invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in performance research. The candidate’s research areas may include the fields and disciplines within Arts, Humanities, STEM or Social Sciences with a focus on Black Studies and/or Black communities in the African Diaspora (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe and Australia/Oceania). No teaching is required for this position.

The successful candidate for the Franklin Postdoctoral Fellowship will be a part of both SLIPPAGE and the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI). Apart from focusing on their own research, the Fellow will be expected to give a presentation of their scholarship at the FHI and to co-direct (with another Franklin postdoc) a working group for early career visiting scholars. The Fellow will also be expected to assist with program development at SLIPPAGE@Duke, an interdisciplinary performance research group that explores connections between performance, history, theater, and emergent technology. This work may involve creative practice or mentoring undergraduate research fellows. Generally, Franklin Fellows are invited to take advantage of other opportunities to connect with Duke’s vibrant interdisciplinary humanities community, e.g. by organizing a working group on a topic of their choice.

The fellowship will provide a salary based on the candidate’s qualifications. Research and travel allowance may be provided. Postdoctoral fellows are eligible for health and most employee benefits. This position is a 12-month appointment beginning July 1, 2020 with a possibility of 2nd year appointment, upon evaluation.

Basic qualifications:

  • Ph.D. conferral by June 15, 2020
  • Research in at least one of the following areas: Black/African American Studies, Black Communities, or any focus on the African Diaspora.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong Artistic practice in performance and new media
  • Knowledge or experience in programming languages
  • Ability to interact and work collaboratively
  • Ability to work independently

Applicants must submit a cover letter indicating research interests and experiences; Curriculum Vitae; a writing sample (dissertation chapter, refereed journal article, or refereed conference proceeding); and three references (contact information only) via the online application at

Applications received by March 15, 2020 will receive primary consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, mentoring and service. The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute shares this commitment in the spirit of our namesake.

Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.