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Call for Inequalities Faculty Fellows

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

The Einaudi Center seeks two inaugural faculty fellows to lead our newly expanded inequalities, identities, and justice global research priority in academic years 2022–24.

The faculty fellows will organize collaborative research groups with scholarly outputs; envision events, including conferences, workshops, and speaker series; and select and oversee Einaudi's postdoctoral and graduate fellows focused on global racial justice.

We seek proposals from faculty whose research and teaching examine various historical forms and articulations of oppression; analyze the policies, systems, and institutions that perpetuate inequality and violence; and imagine solutions for creating a more just world.

We welcome proposals that interrogate inequalities as they are experienced worldwide, including cleavages in society like race, religion, gender and sexuality, class, caste, language, and ethnicity. We especially encourage proposals that explore how inequalities shape the embodied identities and lived experiences of individual subjects and collectivities across time and space.

Global Approach to Intersectional Inequalities

At the Einaudi Center, researchers with regional specialties spanning the globe address inequalities and their intersections. Our work begins on campus and extends to partnerships with international scholars and institutions.

Our local-to-global approach connects calls for racial, social, and economic justice in the United States to movements worldwide where marginalized groups struggle for access to resources, health, rights, security, and well-being. We foreground how locally specific inequalities are buttressed by a global race hierarchy and linked to deep legacies of colonialism, capital accumulation, and forced and voluntary migrations of labor.

Learn more about inequalities, identities, and justice and all of Einaudi's interdisciplinary global research priorities.

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Applications closed on March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Selection notifications will be made by April 15.


    All tenure-track or tenured faculty members at Cornell are eligible to apply. Faculty may apply individually or as a team.

    • If applying individually: Faculty must specify how they might approach working with a co-lead from a different discipline.
    • If applying as a team: The faculty partners must be affiliated with two different colleges or departments.


    Each fellow will receive the following support during the two-year grant period:

    • $15,000 in annual funding. This annual support can be used for course release or other departmental/research support or as salary support minus fringe.
    • $10,000 total in additional discretionary funding to support research and programmatic goals.

    All funds must be spent by May 31, 2024. Supplemental funding is available by application to Einaudi’s seed grant program for faculty. The Einaudi Center will support the fellows in identifying additional sources of funding and external grant writing.


      • Two faculty fellows will jointly head up the inequalities, identities, and justice global research priority.
      • Fellows are appointed for two academic years, 2022–23 and 2023–24, beginning on July 1, 2022. (They may start planning work prior to July 1.)
      • Fellows will receive annual and discretionary funding as described above.
      • The Einaudi Center will provide office space for the fellows and their research team.
      • The inequalities, identities, and justice research team includes postdoctoral fellows, graduate fellows (currently under the supervision of the postdoctoral fellows), and potentially undergraduate fellows. Beginning in July 2022, the faculty fellows will select postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate affiliates, partnering with Einaudi Center director Rachel Beatty Riedl.

      How to Apply

      Submit your proposal below. The application form includes short answers and the following PDF uploads:

      • Statement of proposed research theme and activities (not to exceed three single-spaced pages in a 12-point font). The statement must describe a vision for initiative activities and multi-tier collaborations, intended impacts, and plans for pursuing future research and external funding.
      • Curriculum vitae (upload two CVs if applying as a team)

      Assessment Criteria

      • The proposal results in intellectual and institutional community-building, publications and public dissemination, and/or opportunities for real-world change that advance global justice.
      • The proposal demonstrates a clear interdisciplinary approach and articulates why the project theme cannot be investigated using a single disciplinary lens. It is free of disciplinary jargon, so that its significance and contribution is clear to reviewers representing diverse disciplines.
      • The proposal outlines research activities and engagement for a multi-tier team, including postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates.
      • The proposal suggests research and/or engagement opportunities for and with international institutional partners.
      • The proposal shows how the research and engagement conducted during the fellowship period will be sustainable beyond the grant period.


      Please contact Rick Lee if you have questions about the inequalities, identities, and justice research priority or your application.

      Additional Information

      Funding Type

      • Fellowship


      • Faculty