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Research Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology: The Circumpolar North


Research Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology: The Circumpolar North

The British Museum and the Anthropologists’ Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research offers two Research Fellowships in Urgent Anthropology. The Fellowship provides (non-salaried) financial support for an eighteen month period of field research and writing, with a specific focus on the circumpolar north. The Urgent Anthropology Fund is managed by the Royal Anthropological Institute and the fellowship is designed to facilitate ethnographic research on peoples whose culture and language are currently threatened. The programme’s primary aim is to contribute to anthropological knowledge through detailed ethnography, and also if possible help the peoples being described in their particular circumstances. The British Museum is hosting the fellowship programme for the years from 2018 – 2020.

The British Museum Urgent Anthropology Fellowship Programme has a specific focus on threats to Arctic and Sub-Arctic indigenous communities as a result of the impacts of global climate change. The Arctic is warming almost twice as quickly as the rest of the world. For indigenous circumpolar north residents who continue to rely on pastoralism or harvested foods and materials from land and sea, these changing weather patterns are threatening all aspects of life. The range of and access to animals is changing. Weather patterns today, do not adhere to indigenous models that have been built up over centuries, thus making hunting and traveling more dangerous. In response, hunters and herders are generating new tools and transportation technologies in order to make a living. In some cases, these innovations and altered practices result in risky behaviour. Diminished sea ice packs are less able to protect arctic coastlines from severe storms, forcing some communities to plan for relocation. Soil erosion from melting permafrost erodes village infrastructure, such as schools, houses, transportation facilities. These threats have the potential to drastically affect the material, social, economic and political lives of circumpolar residents.

The British Museum has substantial circumpolar north collections (especially strong in the North American) representing archaeological assemblages, ethnographic material collected by European explorers to the Arctic, and contemporary indigenous art from the 21st century. The Museum collections materially demonstrate almost 500 years of social, economic, and political indigenous responses to the Western world, including: the quest for the Northwest Passage, the global fur trade, European and Russian imperialism, colonialism, and global indigenous rights movements. Today, as circumpolar residents respond to a new challenge of global climate change, the British Museum welcomes proposals that use long-term ethnographic research to thoroughly document how changing weather patterns affect indigenous circumpolar north communities and how those communities develop strategies to mitigate such threats. Proposals may also consider an investigation across northern communities to understand how different groups of indigenous people are working together to raise awareness and address the impacts of climate change. These proposals would ideally consider how those changes reflect on the Museum’s considerable Arctic and Sub-Arctic collections. We anticipate that the fellows would help document contemporary indigenous meanings of the Museum’s historic collections in the context of global climate change.

The Fellowship makes it possible for a budgeted project to be carried out over about 18 months: this period to include both field research and writing-up. Fellows are required to spend part of their fellowship period in the field and part in the British Museum, and where they are expected to contribute to its academic life and collections research. In the Museum, the fellows will be affiliated with the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

The Fellowship will provide £45,000 to be spent over 18 months, inclusive of all costs except overheads to be borne by the Museum for time spent in London, but exclusive of salary. The Fellowships are awarded to post-doctoral applicants with previous research experience in the circumpolar north. The fellowships are by open competition without restriction of nationality or residence. Applicants should send an application comprising project proposal including research plan and timeline, intended outputs and budget. The budget should include all personal and research expenses (within the research community and in the UK), insurance, and costs of equipment necessary for the project. The proposal should not be more than 4 pages, excluding bibliography. Applicants should also include a CV, a brief summary of previous research experience (maximum 1 page), and two letters of reference.

Please submit applications to

Closing date is 1 November 2017.

First Fellowship begins March 2018
Second Fellowship begins June 2018 (flexible)

Nine Postdoctoral Researcher positions

Nine Postdoctoral Researcher positions
The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is a multidisciplinary university, which seeks to find solutions to global challenges through interdisciplinary research. The UEF has 9 open positions for postdoctoral researchers to carry out their research under the global challenges recognized in the strategy of the UEF:
  • Ageing, lifestyles and health
  • Learning in a digitised society
  • The Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders
  • Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources
In the area of Ageing, lifestyles and health research focuses on Cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, neurosciences, translational cancer research, musculoskeletal disorders, bioinformatics in health sciences and drug targeting technologies (especially on ocular treatments). Research is carried out in multidisciplinary groups under the themes of prediction, prevention, diagnostics, therapy and care, as well as effectiveness and cost effectiveness.
In the area of Learning in a digitised society research focuses on the challenges of learning in the rapidly changing digitalised world, where people should be provided with the abilities of collaborative problem solving, critical and creative thinking, learning skills and information literacy. The research focus is on 1) intelligent and adaptive educational technology (modern teaching technologies and learning environments) and 2) learning of utilization of technologies in teaching and learning processes and 3) active learning in communities under the global transformations.
The Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders area focuses on 1) European borders and Russia, 2) mobilities and migration and 3) cultural and linguistic encounters. In this framework, scientific emphasis is on bordering (the multilevel process of creating political, social and cultural borders) as well as on related socio-cultural transformations and cultural encounters. Interdisciplinary profile combines the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences in order to enhance the formation of shared critical frameworks required to address the new and complex phenomena generated by increased globalisation.
The Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources area focuses on 1) aerosols and climate change, 2) forests and the bioeconomy and 3) sustainable governance of natural resources. The research will provide novel means, solutions and tools for improving sufficiency and sustainable use of natural resources for the growing needs of the bioeconomy and the society as a whole under the changing operative environment (e.g. climate change).
The University of Eastern Finland invites applications for postdoctoral researcher positions in the research areas mentioned above. The most distinguished and well-suited candidates will be selected.  Once selected, the main task of the postdoctoral researcher is to complete the research presented in the research proposal. The postdoctoral researcher will also participate in the supervision of academic theses in their post-doctoral researcher’s field of research, and give teaching in the field in question.
Successful applicants to the postdoctoral researcher positions will hold a doctoral degree, which may not have been completed more than five years before the application deadline (doctoral degree certificate must have been conferred between 20 Oct 2012 and 20 Oct 2017). Applicants who have completed their doctoral degree more than five years ago can be considered only for special reasons (maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military service or non-military service). If the applicant pleads to the above mentioned reasons, he or she needs to explain them in the application. Successful applicants are expected to have experience on research mobility (working in a research environment other than where their doctoral degree has been completed). The applicant should indicate mobility already completed or planned to be completed during the UEF post doctoral period in their application.
The postdoctoral researcher positions will be filled for a three-year term beginning on 1 January 2018. Post-doctoral researcher positions are always filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31). The salary is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart of the teaching and research staff in the salary system for Finnish universities (€ 2 865.30/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 46.3 % of the job requirement component.
A person can be appointed to a UEF postdoctoral position supported by UEF strategic funding only once.
The application should include:

– A curriculum vitae (e.g. according to:
Organizations, degrees and positions must be referred to using their official names or titles. Their translations should be either officially approved, used by the …

– A list of publications (e.g. according to:

Guidelines for list of publications The list of publications must include the following information: applicant’s name, list date; published works and works accepted …

– A copy of the PhD diploma/certificate, and
– A research proposal (maximum of 10 pages)
– Possible documents related to research mobility during the UEF post doctoral period

Curriculum vitae, list of publications and research proposal are recommended to be submitted in English.

The applicant should indicate in his or her application the unit in which the work will be completed and his/her contact person/supervisor at the University of Eastern Finland.
Further information: 

To find out units, research groups and contact persons:
Ageing, lifestyles and health:
Learning in a digitised society:
Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders:
Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources:

Other questions related to the application procedure:

Evaluation form of the applications used by the University of Eastern Finland:
A probationary period will be applied to new members of the university staff (general regulations on the employment relationship at the University of Eastern Finland, 30 Nov. 2009)
The application needs to be submitted no later than 20 October 2017 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.

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