International Call for Applications: Faculty Fellowship, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication

CARGC faculty fellowships typically last one semester.

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for CARGC Faculty Fellowships. We have a very limited number of these positions, reserved for full-time faculty members from institutions other than the University of Pennsylvania, which typically last one full semester, though other arrangements may be possible. This is ideal for scholars seeking a base during funded sabbaticals and research leaves.


The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) produces and promotes scholarly research on global communication and public life. As an institute for advanced study dedicated to global media studies, we revisit enduring questions and engage pressing matters in geopolitics and communication. Our vision of “inclusive globalization” recognizes plurality and inequality in global media, politics, and culture. Our translocal approach fuses multidisciplinary “area studies” knowledge with theory and methodology in the humanities and social sciences. This synthesis of deep expertise and interdisciplinary inquiry stimulates critical conversations about entrenched and emerging communicative structures, practices, flows, and struggles. We explore new ways of understanding and explaining the world, including public scholarship, algorithmic culture, the arts, multi-modal scholarship, and digital archives. With a core commitment to the development of early career scholars worldwide, CARGC hosts postdoctoral, doctoral, undergraduate, and faculty fellows who collaborate in research groups, author CARGC Press publications, and organize talks, lectures, symposia, conferences, and summer institutes.

CARGC Fellows work on their own research, and collaborate with staff and postdoctoral, doctoral and undergraduate fellows. They present a CARGC Colloquium and publish one CARGC Paper with CARGC Press. Fellows are provided a workspace, computer and library access.

CARGC Fellows integrate primary sources and regional expertise in theoretically inflected, historically informed, comparative, translocal and transnational analyses of media, technology, geopolitics and culture. Candidates challenging normative paradigms and incorporating non-Western theories, sources and contexts, are especially welcome. Ongoing research groups focus on theory and history in global media studies, geopolitics and the popular, digital sovereignty, and radical media and culture. We recommend that applicants review our website to familiarize themselves with our mission and priorities.

This is a residential fellowship. CARGC strives to be an inclusive community of scholars driven by intellectual curiosity and exchange, and rooted in the life of the Annenberg School, the University of Pennsylvania, and the city of Philadelphia . To foster mentoring and collaboration at all levels, we expect fellows to be fully engaged in the life of the center. Fellows are therefore expected to work at our beautiful sixth floor premises — CARGC’s “World Headquarters” — on the Penn campus at least four days a week during their stay.


Candidates should have least two years of post-Ph.D. degree academic experience and have an affiliation with a university or research institute during the period of the fellowship.

Submitting Your Application

A complete application consists of:

  1. Cover Page – include your name and contact information, current affiliation, the names and affiliations of two references, and a 100-word abstract of your project. Please specify whether you are applying for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.
  2. Research Proposal (not to exceed 1000 words) – include title of research project, research questions, topic significance, theoretical framework, methodological design, clear description of primary sources and necessary language skills, and work plan with projected date of manuscript completion and publication.
  3. Statement of institutional fit (not to exceed 250 words) – explain how your project aligns with CARGC’s mission, fits with one or more CARGC research themes listed above, and contributes to the field of global media and communication studies. Please refer to our 5-year report for more information.
  4. CV (not to exceed two single-spaced pages, minimum font size 11) – list degrees,  peer-reviewed publications, academic non-peer-reviewed publications, public scholarship, invited talks, conference papers, other relevant qualifications, specific research and language skills.
  5. Project bibliography (not to exceed one single-spaced page, minimum font size 11) – include primary and secondary sources.
  6. Letters of recommendation – two are required.
  7. Two of your publications (articles or books) in support of the application.


All materials except reference letters must be sent as a single PDF document to by March 2, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applicants should arrange for their letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address by the same date. We expect to contact finalists by late March and make final decisions shortly thereafter.

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