- For promoting an international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational exchange, the Thematic Research Group includes outstanding scholars from at least two different countries, diverse disciplines as well as Senior Fellows (scholars with permanent senior positions) and Junior Fellows (scholars who have obtained their doctoral degrees in the last five years)
- At least one member of the Thematic Research Group is based at one of the seven partner institutions of Mecila.
- The group members have the ability to and interest in actively participating in an international and interdisciplinary research environment
- The Research Group conducts a ten-week (from December 2020 to February 2021) research or publication project for studying the impacts of conservatisms in past or present configurations of conviviality-inequality.
- The Research Group participates actively in the Centre’s activities (including the bi-weekly colloquia) and engages in interdisciplinary exchange. The main working language of the Centre is English.
- The Research Group contributes at least one issue to Mecila’s Working Paper Series.
- The Research Group participates in an International Thematic Workshop, which will take place in digital format in February 2021.
Applicants are invited to send the following documents in English, Spanish or Portuguese via e-mail as a single PDF-attachment no later than 18. October 2020 to the Coordination Office in São Paulo ([email protected]):
- Motivation letter (max. 500 words)
- Research outline discussing the research question and the scholarly added value of the Research Group’s project (max. 1.500 words)
- Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications, of all four group members.
Applications from prospective Thematic Research Groups will be submitted to a peer-review process. The primary selection criterion is the Research Group’s potential to yield original and excellent research results through the collaboration with the Centre. The scientific merit of the project will be assessed in terms of its originality, the importance of the scientific questions addressed, and its relevance to study conservatisms in the context of conviviality-inequality. An appropriate methodology and a feasible timeframe will also be part of the assessment.
Final decisions will be taken by Mecila’s Executive Board, in close consultation with its Advisory Board and Ethics Committee, aiming at disciplinary and gender balance as well as intersectional equity. We aim to inform the applicants of the selection results by 15. November 2020. For further inquiries regarding the fellowship or the application process, please contact Mecila’s Coordination Office in São Paulo via e-mail ([email protected]).