Andrew W Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Arabic

Bowdoin College invites applications for a two-year Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Arabic to begin July 1, 2020, with possibility of renewal for an additional year. Fellows are expected to teach three courses in Arabic language per academic year, participate in the College’s Program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and contribute to the Arabic program through involvement in curriculum development and co-curricular activities. Native or near-native fluency in English and Arabic and familiarity with a dialect are required. Experience in Arabic language instruction preferred.

Applicants for this fellowship must have completed their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2017. Candidates who expect to receive their Ph.D. by June 30, 2020 should provide documentation from their home institution confirming this schedule. Applicants must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and a commitment to the liberal arts. The fellowship carries a stipend of $55,000 plus benefits. In addition, the position carries a $4,000 research and travel fund plus support to attend professional conferences.

Bowdoin is a community that warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and from those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. In your application materials, please address how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentoring would support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit a c.v., a letter of application describing their interest and background in Arabic language teaching as well as their research, and the names and contact information for three references who will provide letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on February 20, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (32.7% students of color, 6% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website:


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