University of Oulu – VisitANTS Fellowships

This fellowship programme will host approximately 10 fellows in residence for a period of 3 to 6 months during the 2022-2023 academic year. Selected fellows will carry out research while also contributing to Biodiverse Anthropocenes programme activities and events. Fellowships are open to PhD holders.

Deadline May 1.

VisitANTS in Critical Studies of Biodiversity and the Anthropocene is a residential research fellowship programme. Between 10 and 12 fellows will come together at the University of Oulu for 3-6 months over the 2022-2023 academic year. Fellowships are open to post-doctoral and senior scholars carrying out research on the environment, biodiversity and/or society.

Biodiverse Anthropocenes (AKA ANTS: https://www.oulu.fi/en/biodiverse-anthropocenes) is a transdisciplinary research programme and intellectual community at the University of Oulu. Our scholars pursue research on environmental change and biodiversity loss, and/or human socio-cultural responses to these processes. Selected fellows will work in residence in Oulu for the duration of their fellowship and will actively contribute to the programme’s activities (e.g., scientific research, public talks, academic and outreach events). We seek to provide a stimulating scholarly environment in which to pursue research, write publications, develop new transdisciplinary connections, and network with others. Fellows will be offered a workspace and full access to university libraries and research facilities and will receive a monthly grant to cover living costs in Oulu. 

VisitANTS fellows are scholars who have worked in, and show strong potential to advance, research on the environment, biodiversity and/or society. This work may take place across a broad range of natural and social science and humanities disciplines (e.g., anthropology, archaeology, biology, ecology, education, environmental humanities, geography, history, philosophy, etc.). Proposed scientific research projects may have a citizen science or outreach component. Applicants are welcome to apply either individually or in collaboration with another researcher from outside the University of Oulu. If you are applying with someone else, e.g., as a team of two scholars, we kindly ask you to each submit your own individual application, making reference to the collaborative nature of your proposals. We also encourage applicants to identify potential collaborators at the University of Oulu and to contact them to discuss your project in advance of applying. 

Fellowship Awards
Fellowships will be granted for a period of 3 or 6 months. The three possible starting dates are 1 October 2022 (3 or 6 months); 1 January 2023 (3 or 6 months); and 1 April 2023 (3 months). Applicants will be required to arrive in Oulu within several days of the above starting dates. Applicants should indicate their preferred duration and starting date in their application.

VisitANTS fellows will receive a stipend in the form of a grant that is intended to cover basic living costs (e.g., accommodation and food). Note that travel costs are not covered separately. For all scholars the amount paid is €2,000/month.

Requirements

  • fellows must have a demonstrable research track record and expertise in work on the environment, biodiversity and/or society; 
  • fellows must have submitted their doctoral thesis by 15 April 2022;
  • fellows must commit to remaining in Oulu for a period of three or six months;
  • fellows must begin their fellowships on the first day of the month and must conclude on the final day of the month; it is possible to take up the fellowship only on the following dates: 1 October 2022; 1 January 2023; or 1 April 2023;
  • fellows must be willing to take part in University academic life with diverse groups of scholars.

To Apply
The deadline for applications is 1 May 2022. Applications must be made via the online application form. The online system closes to applications at 11:59pm (EET, e.g., Helsinki time) on 1 May 2022. Shortlisted applicants may thereafter be invited for online interviews, with final decisions by mid-May.

Applications (in English) should include the following:

  • Cover letter: (2 pages max) outlining your motivation for coming to Oulu and how your profile and proposed project speak to the Biodiverse Anthropocenes programme;
  • Curriculum vitae: (2 pages max) including relevant publications (we recommend you follow the TENK guidelines, available here: https://tenk.fi/en/advice-and-materials/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae);
  • Project description: (2 pages max) including overall objectives, research methods, innovation, and contribution to your field;
  • Research schedule: (1 page max) mapping out your work schedule for the fellowship period;
  • References: Name and email addresses for two (2) senior scholars who are familiar with you and your work and can act as references. We will not request letters until the shortlisting stage, and we may not contact your referees.

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions on the Biodiverse Anthropocenes webpage. If you still have other questions email Dr. Laura Siragusa, Coordinator, ([email protected]) with enquiries or expressions of interest.

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