POMP Visiting Fellowship

POMP Visiting Fellowship

Monday, 1 December 2014 - 3:00pm to Monday, 16 February 2015 - 3:00pm

POMP Visiting Fellowship in Modern Polish Studies
Academic Year 2015/16

Applications are invited for the Visiting Fellowship at POMP, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, for two consecutive terms of 2015/16. The fellowship is intended to support scholarship related to Modern Polish Studies in the College’s areas of interest: Anthropology, Economics, International Relations, Media and Film Studies, Modern History, Politics, Social Policy and Sociology.

This fellowship is intended to provide an opportunity for outstanding academics at an intermediary or senior stage of their career. Applicants should have completed a doctorate, have an advanced knowledge of modern Poland, and demonstrated research excellence in an area relevant to one of the above-mentioned fields. A good working knowledge of English is essential.

The appointment will commence on the starting day of the first term and terminate on the last day of the second term chosen by the fellow. It carries an expenses allowance £20,000 plus other college benefits. The dates for reckoning Full Term 2015/16 are the following: Michaelmas 2015 from 11 October to 5 December; Hilary 2016 from 17 January to 12 March; Trinity 2016 from 24 April to 18 June.

Candidates should have a coherent plan of research for the duration of the fellowship. The fellow will become an associate of POMP, a member of the academic community of the European Studies Centre, and a Visiting Fellow of St Antony’s College. He/she is expected to reside in Oxford during tenure, and to participate fully in the academic life of Programme on Modern Poland, for example:

conducting his/her research
contributing to Seminar Series and other activities of POMP
delivering a public lecture
organizing a conference/workshop or seminar series on a topic of his/her choice, bringing recent Polish scholarship to an English-speaking audience
editing an English-language volume of essays based on a conference/workshop or seminar series


There is an expenses allowance of £ 20,000.  Additional benefits include:

Office space at the European Studies Centre
Use of College library, lunches and dinners in the College Hall when the Hall is open, and College email account
4 High Table dinners in College, per term
Administrative support
Some limited funds for activities

The taxation treatment in the UK and elsewhere will depend on the individual circumstances of the candidate and independent personal advice should be taken as necessary.

 The application should include:

A research proposal  (5- 8 pages)
Curriculum Vitae
A preliminary proposal for a workshop/conference or seminar series
Two names of referees with contact details

Applications should reach us no later than noon on Monday 16th February 2015 and be sent to:

The Administrator
Programme on Modern Poland
European Studies Centre
St Antony’s College
Oxford, OX2 6JF
United Kingdom
Fax: +44 1865 274478
or email: kaja.wawrzak@sant.ox.ac.uk

1.Programme on Modern Poland

POMP operates within the European Studies Centre (ESC) at St Antony’s College and was launched in July 2013, following the agreement with Dr Leszek Czarnecki’s Oxford Noble Foundation in Poland. Its goal is to encourage further understanding of modern Poland from an international perspective.  The Programme coordinates the study and discussion of modern Poland through research, seminar series, invited lectures, conferences and academic publications that focus on Poland’s politics, history, society, culture and economy.

The Programme’s presence within the ESC ensures that the study of Poland is removed from the traditional Cold War and Soviet oriented approaches, and is undertaken using comparative, interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives bringing in other European countries, regions, institutions and developments. POMP has also established cooperation with Polish and non-Polish state and private institutions of higher learning, government agencies, NGOs and think tanks as well as with academic and research bodies in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

POMP’s founders from Oxford include Professors Timothy Garton Ash, Norman Davies, Jan Zielonka and Margaret MacMillan (the Warden of St Antony’s). The Director of the Programme is Dr Mikołaj Kunicki, a historian of 20th century Poland and Eastern Europe. A Steering Committee, consisting of prominent figures and professors of the University of Oxford also further assists in the expansion and supervision of studies under the Programme.

2.The European Studies Centre at St Antony's College

ESC is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of Europe. It has particular strengths in politics, history and international relations, but also brings together economists, sociologists, social anthropologists and students of culture. It is a meeting place and intellectual laboratory for the whole community of those interested in European Studies. The Patron of ESC is the Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes (Chris Patten), Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

The Centre was founded in 1976 with a generous grant from the Volkswagen Foundation. It is housed in a handsome Victorian house at No. 70 Woodstock Road which contains a large seminar room, Centre office and workrooms. The seminar room has a small reference library and a selection of current European newspapers. The main library holdings on Europe are housed in the central College library, where there is an extensive collection of books and periodicals relating to European politics and recent history. Beside its permanent Fellows, the Centre has Visiting Fellows from several European countries, as well as research students from all parts of the world working on European affairs. Seminars and workshops on European topics are held regularly in the Centre's seminar room. These are listed in advance on the Centre webpages, and subsequently in the College Record.

3.St Antony’s College

St Antony's College, which hosts the Programme on Modern Poland, is one of 38 colleges of the University of Oxford, founded in 1950. It is the leading graduate College in Oxford, dedicated to international, interdisciplinary area studies, housing on site seven regional centres focused on Africa, Asia, Europe, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia & Eurasia as well as programmes on North America, Burma, Morocco, Poland and Taiwan. The College is sometimes referred to as “the place where future world leaders meet”, but that would not happen without the unique collegiate atmosphere that underpins the College. The diversity within St Antony’s is a central factor in this integrated community, where students, currently from 77 different countries, investigate the key issues of our time.

The College can boast some of the world’s most revered academics, industrialists and politicians within its faculty and alumni. Foreign Policy Magazine’s first annual list of the top 100 global thinkers featured seven of St Antony’s faculty and alumni: Fellows Paul Collier and Tariq Ramadan, former members Michael Ignatieff, Paul Kennedy and Mohamed El Arian, as well as Honorary Fellows Thomas Friedman and Aung San Suu Kyi.

The deadline for all applications is noon 16 February 2015.

Those who are shortlisted will be interviewed via skype.