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Visiting Fellows program

Conduct research with Sydney’s academic community in 2021
The Visiting Fellows program brings together outstanding researchers of international standing to enhance research in humanities and social sciences at the University of Sydney. Applications close 28 August 2020.

We encourage applications from scholars from a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to, history, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, gender studies, political science, political theory and media studies. We are especially interested to receive applications from those who adopt inter-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary approaches.

Fellows are expected to participate in the research culture of the Faculty. Contributions include, but are not limited to, collaborating with University of Sydney researchers, presenting talks, seminars, guest lectures and hosting master classes for emerging and early career researches.

Fellows are provided with office space, computer facilities and library borrowing privileges, as well as access to research libraries and University facilities and events.

The Visiting Fellows program is competitively awarded.

The key criteria that the committee will consider is the:

  • degree to which the applicant is an outstanding researcher of international standing (Hunt Simes Visiting Chair only: in the area broadly defined as Sexuality Studies and including LGBTQI studies, queer studies, trans studies and their cognate fields)
  • degree to which the applicant will enhance SSSHARC’s global profile
  • degree to which the applicant will enhance research culture in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • quality and quantity of anticipated research collaborations and outcomes between University of Sydney researchers and the applicant during the Fellowship

Fellowships are open to Australian (non-University of Sydney) and international researchers. 

James Fellow in Social Sciences and Gilbert Fellow in Humanities:

Applicants must have at least a higher degree or equivalent professional experience, research and publications. Institutional affiliation to a University or equivalent research or cultural organisation is required.

Hunt-Simes Visiting Chair of Sexuality Studies:

The two professorial fellowships in sexuality studies are open to professors or persons with equivalent status.

The fellowship is subject to the Visiting Fellow obtaining a valid visa. Visitors are responsible for ensuring they hold a visa for entry into Australia that will allow them to engage in all the activities they wish to undertake during their stay. The Immigration and Relocation Department at the University of Sydney will provide a letter of invitation to successful applicants which may be used for visa purposes.

To apply for the Visiting Fellow program, please read the guidelines and complete the online Visiting Fellows application form, attach the required CV if the URL is not provided and submit by the extended deadline: 5pm Friday, 28 August 2020 (AEST). Please be aware of time differences between your location and Sydney.

The SSSHARC selection committee will announce the awarded Fellowships on Friday, 4 September 2020.

All questions concerning the program should be addressed to SSSHARC Director Professor Nick Enfield at sssharc.research@sydney.edu.au.

Fellowships on offer

International Fellows

The Fellowships have different criteria, as follows:

  • Funded by the Ernest Athelstan James Bequest, which supports the furtherance of studies in the social sciences, this Fellowship is for a social sciences researcher.
  • Two Fellowships are available, one in semester 1 and the other in semester 2, 2021.
  • Each Fellowship supports up to AUD10,000 towards travel, accommodation and expenses while at the University of Sydney. The value awarded will depend on the city of origin and length of tenure.
  • Funded by the John Anthony Gilbert (Arts) Bequest, which was in part established to support grants for visiting fellowships in the Faculty of Arts (as it was then known), this Fellowship is for a humanities researcher.
  • Two Fellowships are available, one in semester 1 and the other in semester 2, 2021.
  • Each Fellowship supports up to AUD10,000 towards travel, accommodation and expenses while at the University of Sydney. The value awarded will depend on the city of origin and length of tenure.

Hunt-Simes Visiting Chair of Sexuality Studies

The Hunt-Simes Visiting Chair of Sexuality Studies has been established with generous contributions from the Estate of Dr Gary Simes, linguistic historian, bibliographer and University of Sydney graduate.

There are two professorial fellowships in sexuality studies available: 

  • One Fellowship is available in semester 1, 2021. A second call will be made in October 2020 for semester 2 2021.
  • Fellowship supports up to AUD10,000 towards travel, accommodation and expenses while at the University of Sydney. The value awarded will depend on the city of origin and length of tenure.
  • The length of the Fellowship is assumed to be at least one month, but will depend on the applicant’s availability and resources.
  • One Fellowship is available in either semester 1 or semester 2, 2021.
  • Fellowship supports up to AUD30,000 towards travel, accommodation and expenses while at the University of Sydney.
  • Tenure must be at least 3 months, the substantial period of which must be within semester time. Tenures longer than 3 months are possible, but payment remains the same.

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