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Provost's Postdocs in the Humanities




The Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities is a key element in USC’s distinctive contribution to scholarship and academic excellence in the realm of the humanities.  Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars will play a pivotal part in fostering the strengths of the humanities at USC, and they will link the expertise of USC faculty and doctoral students with the knowledge and insights gained from their own research and scholarship.

The program has two overarching goals.  First, to further the professional development of scholars in the humanities by providing time for research and writing, an opportunity to establish an independent teaching portfolio, and faculty mentoring to help scholars prepare for careers as tenure-track faculty.  Second, to add new voices from other institutions to conversations within and across disciplines in the humanities at USC, as well as to conversations about the value and place of the humanities within the university and in society at large.

The Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities builds on other signature USC programs that champion the importance of the humanities for USC’s academic community.  These programs include Visions & Voices, faculty research grants for Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and expanded support for outstanding humanities Ph.D. students through Provost’s Ph.D. Fellowships.

These appointments are for two years, and begin in August of the academic year to which candidates are appointed.  Provost’s scholars will teach three courses over four semesters, with one semester free for full-time research.  They are expected to reside in the Los Angeles area during the academic year and to participate in the scholarly life of the host department and the university through seminars and other scholarly activities.  The salary for Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars is $50,000 per year plus fringe benefits, with a research and travel account of $6,000 per year.