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VU Distinguished Fellowship of the Anthropocene Vacancy

30 January 2024
In the context of VU’s profile theme Science for Sustainability and hosted by the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute in collaboration with VU faculties, a fellowship has been set up to allow a researcher to study a topic related to the challenges of the Anthropocene.

Due to the complexity of the challenges, the fellowship examines them from different perspectives: the planet/nature, behaviour/society and ethics/religion perspective. These alternate with every term, with the next edition focused on ethics/religion starting in September 2024. 

The VU Anthropocene Fellowship is intended to examine an aspect, chosen by the fellow, of the Anthropocene and to establish the concept at VU Amsterdam. Collaboration with VU and external researchers of other disciplines is encouraged as well as including stakeholders from the cultural sector. Outreach activities form an important part of the fellowship and can take the form of a lecture series or workshops, for example. The fellow is also expected to participate in events organised by the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute.

Th ethics/religious perspective is co-hosted by the Faculty of Religion and Theology which takes care of hosting the fellow and arranges all necessary administration, the office space and other amenities. The fellowship lasts 4 months (September- December) and consists of financial support of EUR 20k (lump sum). With this, the fellow can organise events, facilitate collaborations, hire staff for support, reduce their teaching load or buy equipment needed to realise the fellowship. The fellowship can only be granted once and not be extended, this way a wide variety of topics can be worked on. The focus areas are only indicative and should not restrict the researcher from exploring other disciplines, as an interdisciplinary research approach is encouraged.

What we ask of applicants:

  • a cover letter that details research interests and plans for the fellowship (incl. outreach activities) as well as
  • a complete curriculum vitae, including a list of publications. We do not expect submission of full publications or books

For further information please contact Professor Philipp Pattberg, scientific director of the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute at VU Amsterdam ( Nominations and applications can be submitted by e-mail to until 31 March.

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