The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce its inaugural cohort of Transregional Research Postdoctoral Fellows. Nineteen fellowships were awarded in the program’s pilot phase (2012-2013) for innovative transregional research projects.
In addition, the SSRC has received additional support to continue the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research program, and will offer another round of fellowships in 2013-2014. These fellowships are aimed at supporting transregional research under the rubric Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections. Their purpose is to strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies in the United States. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these fellowships will continue to help junior scholars (those at the postdoctoral stage, one to seven years out of the PhD) complete first books and/or undertake second projects. In addition to funding research, the program will create networks and shared resources that will support Fellows well beyond the grant period. The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research will thus provide promising scholars important support at critical junctures in their careers.
The intellectual thrust of the project will continue to be the re-conceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Proposals submitted for the fellowship competition should bear upon processes that connect places and peoples (such as migration, media, and resource flows) as well as those that reconfigure local and trans-local contexts (such as shifting borders, urbanization, and social movements). The broad focus of the program is intended to advance transregional research as well as to establish structures for linking scholars across disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences.