Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma’s is pleased to announce a search for applications for two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows. These are two-year positions which will be located in the Department of Native American Studies.

Fellows will be expected to teach one class per year from their area of interest and contribute, when possible, to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Studies Initiative through the supervision of undergraduate student fellows. Half of the Postdoctoral Fellow’s time will be reserved for furthering their research. Salary is $45,000 with benefits. The start date is in early August of 2021. 

For more information about Native American Studies at OU, please visit our website at, or visit us on Facebook or Twitter. The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research/creative activity, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.  

In addition to establishing the new Native Nations Center for Research, The University is launching the Native Peoples Initiative (NPI), the goal of which is to make OU the premier center in North America for research that places the cultures of Native peoples and the sovereignty of Native nations at the center of academic study – spanning subjects from art, culture, religion, history to governance, law, health, business and the environment. 

The campus is also home to significant Native American holdings and collections in the Fred Jones Museum of Art, the Western History Collection, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. OU has a large Native American student body and active Native faculty and staff. Norman, Oklahoma has the third highest Native American population in the United States for towns of 100,000 or more. The state is home to 39 Native nations and over 40 American Indian languages representing at least 6 families.

Qualifications: We seek outstanding early career scholars who will participate in and benefit from the resources at The University of Oklahoma and the Department of Native Americans Studies. Applicants should hold or be near completion of a Ph.D. (or similar terminal degree) by the initiation of the fellowship. The research area is open.

Application Instructions: Applications should include a cover letter, vitae, writing sample or portfolio, and three letters of reference. These should be submitted online at
We will begin reviewing applications on March 22nd, 2021.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Direct inquiries to Dr. Raymond Orr, Chair of the Department of Native American Studies and coordinator of the NAS OU Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Program at The fellowships will begin in August of 2021.

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