Call for Applications: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP) at Cardiff University welcomes expressions of interest from postdoctoral* applicants to the 2018-19 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme.

ENCAP is a vibrant, research-focused School, ranked in the top 10 for research in REF 2014, in a university that ranked 5th in REF 2014, and 2nd nationally for research impact. The School has an excellent track record of supporting and developing early career researchers. If you are a highly-qualified researcher with an innovative postdoctoral project, please get in touch to discuss with us. 

Our research connects four disciplinary areas: English Literature, Creative Writing, Language & Communication studies, and Philosophy. We invite applications that engage with one of two themes indicative of our cross-disciplinary research strengths:     

1.       Health and the Humanities

We are looking for projects that complement or intersect with our expertise in language and communication research into linguistic patterns associated with disease; discourse analysis of healthcare communication, such as work on handover meetings on hospital wards; the tension between cognitive and social priorities in linguistic expression. Our philosophical research probes ethical dilemmas and decision-making in healthcare; motivations for behaviours between patients and healthcare staff, including implicit bias. Encompassing literary histories of science and medico-literary studies, our cultural and creative research examines alternatives to current policy and practice, and investigates contemporary or historical cultural fears and prejudices surrounding specific health conditions and how affected people deal(t) with them.

2.       Cultures of the Imagination

We welcome projects that respond in imaginative and novel ways to the complexities of historical or modern-day cultures, drawing on innovative methodologies to tackle (inter/multi)disciplinary questions. This could involve contributions to digital cultures; illustration studies; history of the book; heritage cultures, memory and material studies, with neo-historical and counter-factual approaches; creative-critical experiments, for example involving cultural and philosophical theory; literary, philosophical and linguistic approaches to Celtic studies; postcolonial studies, empire and slavery studies; period-based research, with particular emphasis on the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods; modern and contemporary cultures; children’s literature; women’s writing and approaches to  gender and sexuality; literary, linguistic and philosophical explorations of law; culture, ethics and religion.

* Due to the highly competitive nature of the scheme, we will only consider applications from postdoctoral scholars. Applicants should have started working on a second project that may develop from but moves well beyond the frame of their prior thesis topic.    

General enquiries about the scheme should be submitted to the ENCAP Director of Research, Professor Ann Heilmann, HeilmannA@cardiff.ac.uk . Expressions of interest should be sent to Jennifer Hulin, encap-res@cardiff.ac.uk . The deadline for receiving formal expressions of interest is 16:00,  Monday 4 December 2017.

Details of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme can be found here:https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships

Formal expressions of interest to Cardiff’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy should consist of a single-spaced one-page CV (please indicate the title of your PhD thesis) with an additional list of publications and the following details of the proposal:

(a)   the project title

(b)   a project description of up to 800 words along with a 100-word abstract;

(c)   an outline statement of up to 300 words outlining how the project will connect with and extend existing research in ENCAP

TO NOTE: The Leverhulme Trust advises that the project description should include details of the aims, objectives, methodology and outcome of the project (e.g. publication plans), to enable the Committee and referees to evaluate the scope and importance of the proposal. Methodology should be clear and explicit, comprehensible to a non-expert. Bibliographic references should be included in full, including page numbers where relevant. The project description and the bibliographic references should not exceed two sides of A4, and the applicant’s name should appear at the top of the first page. 

Successful  applicants whose projects are selected for support by the School will be notified in December. Applicants will have six weeks to prepare a full application to the Early Career Fellowship scheme. The scheme is due to open in January 2018 and finalised draft applications must be submitted to ENCAP by 1 February. The closing date for applications to be submitted to Leverhulme is 1 March.

 

About Pin-chia Feng

Pin–chia Feng is Chair Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Research Fellow of the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (joint appointment) and adjunct Distinguished Chair Professor of Chung Hua University. Currently she is also the director of NCTU’s Asian American Studies Research Center. Feng was NCTU’s Provost of Academic Affairs, Chair of NCTU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, President of the Comparative Literature Association of ROC (2005-2008), President of the Association of English and American Literature (2009-2011, 2014-2015), convener of foreign literature discipline of Taiwan’s National Science Council (NSC, now Ministry of Science and Technology; 2010-2013), and a recipient of the 2007, 2010, and 2013 NSC Outstanding Research Award as well as the 2015 Academic Award of the Ministry of Education. Her monograph, Diasporic Representations: Reading Chinese American Women’s Fiction, was awarded Academia Sinica’s Scholarly Monograph Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2012). Feng received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994). She writes on issues of gender, race, and representation in films, graphic narratives, as well as in Asian American, African American and Afro-Caribbean literatures.