Call For Applications- Rachel Carson Center Fellowship Program 2017-18 (Stipend Available)

Call For Applications- Rachel Carson Center Fellowship Program 2017-18 (Stipend Available)

Deadline: January 31, 2017

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2017-18 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history and related disciplines.

The center will award fellowships to scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should pertain to the central theme of the RCC—transformations in environment and society. Research at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship between environmental and social changes, and in particular the reasons—social, political, cultural, and environmental factors—for these transformations.

The RCC awards five types of fellowships:

  • Carson Writing Fellowships
  • Interdisciplinary Writing Fellowships
  • Outreach Fellowships
  • Short-term Fellowships
  • Alumni Fellowships

All successful applicants should plan to begin their fellowship between 1 September 2017 and 1 December 2018. Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. The RCC will pay for a teaching replacement of the successful candidate at his or her home institution; alternatively it will pay a stipend that is commensurate with experience and current employment and which also conforms to funding guidelines.


  • stipends are negotiated individually and depend upon a variety of factors, including your current salary level, whether or not you are on sabbatical, the number of family members accompanying you.
  • Fellows can either keep their salary—in this case the RCC pays for a replacement (teaching only) at the fellow’s home institution—or they receive their fellowship stipend directly.


  • Please note that in order to be eligible for all fellowships except the outreach fellowships, you must have completed your doctorate by the application deadline (31 January 2017).
  • Scholars already based in the greater Munich area are not eligible

How to Apply

All applications for 2017-18 fellowships must be made via the RCC’s online portal

The application should discuss the RCC’s core research theme “transformations in environment and society” in their project description or the cover letter and should include the following:

  • Cover letter (750 words maximum)
  • Curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum)
  • Project description (1,000 words maximum)
  • Research schedule for the fellowship period (300 words maximum)
  • Names and contact information of three scholars as referees.

Scholars already based in the greater Munich area are not eligible. You may write your application in either English or German; please use the language in which you are most proficient. You will be notified about the outcome of your application by mid-May 2017.

For more information, visit RCC Fellowship Program