June 19, 2015

Invitations To Apply: Visiting Research Chair at McGill University

 Announcement of a Visiting Research Chair available at McGill University

Applications are invited for a one-semester or full-year Visiting Research Chair in Constitutional and Political Theory in academic year 2016-17. This fellowship for US citizens includes a $US 25,000 stipend with no teaching responsibilities.

Hosted in McGill's Research Group on Constitutional Studies ( http://www.mcgill.ca/rgcs ) and Department of Political Science (http://www.mcgill.ca/politicalscience ), this award is open to established or emerging scholars in political theory as well as legal theory or political philosophy, and is open with respect to methodology in those fields.  The Chair will pursue research in constitutionalism and constitutional theory broadly construed.  The ability to engage with scholars and students across methodologies—normative, empirical, intellectual-historical, jurisprudential, and formal, for example— is more important that particular areas of emphasis.

Sample areas of interest include: normative analyses of fundamental rights and of such basic constitutional structures as the separation of powers or federalism; democratic theory, especially as it pertains to political institutions; the history of political thought about constitutional government or constitutional forms; and questions of justice about the constitutional basic structure of a society, ranging from property and market relations to the legal organization of family life.

The Chair-holder will be in residence at RGCS, will deliver one public lecture, and will take an active part in the intellectual life of McGill, RGCS, and the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique (GRIPP).  Previous chair-holders include Andrew Rehfeld (Political Science, Washington University- St Louis), James Gardner (Law, SUNY Albany) and Erin Delaney (Law and, courtesy, Political Science, Northwestern).

Full eligibility information is available at http://www.fulbright.ca/eligibility-american-scholars/ and application infromation at http://www.fulbright.ca/programs/american-scholars/primary-awards/legal/ .  The award number is 6470.  Those interested are encouraged to contact Jacob Levy at rgcs.mcgill@gmail.com (especially for questions about thematic fit) and Michael Hawes at mhawes@fulbright.ca (especially for procedural questions) early in the application process.  Applications must be complete by August 3, 2015.

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