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Robert K. Merton Visiting Fellowship 2020

  • 1.  Robert K. Merton Visiting Fellowship 2020

    Posted 10-04-2019 04:42

    Robert K. Merton Visiting Fellowship 202 at the Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS), Linköping University, Sweden

    The Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) at Linköping University is an interdisciplinary institute conducting research in, among other areas, economic sociology. Since its founding in 2014, more than two dozen researchers from many different countries have been recruited to IAS. Recent IAS publications have appeared in leading journals in Sociology (American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Networks, Rationality and Society)  Management (Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science), general Science (PNAS, Science Advances) and in many other outlets.

    Much of the research at IAS is inspired by Robert K. Merton's work, emphasizing the role of 'theories of the middle range' in explaining societal phenomenon such as banking crises, social mobility, social status, and role conflicts.

    Merton Fellowship

    Thanks to a generous grant from Handelsbanken Research Foundations we hereby invite applications to visit IAS as a Robert K Merton Visiting Research Fellow during 2020. 

    We accept applications both from leading researchers in economic sociology (professor level) as well as promising junior or mid-career scholars (associate or assistant professor level). The fellowship includes roundtrip travel and a tax-free stipend amounting to 40,000 Swedish krona per month (roughly USD$5000) for professors or 31,500 krona (roughly USD$4000) for assistant/associate professors to cover costs for housing and living expenses.

    Scholars can apply for 1-, 2-, or 3-month periods, as well as for longer periods as a part-time research fellow e.g. for those on sabbatical leave partly funded by their home universities. Priority will be given to scholars whose research interests overlaps with those of researchers at IAS, those interested in exploring potential collaborative projects, and those opting for longer visits (e.g. 2 or 3 instead of 1 month). We encourage applications from sociologists as well as from neighbouring social-science disciplines.

    Research fellows will be provided with office space in the IAS premises in picturesque Norrköping (an hour south of Stockholm), access to university facilities such as library, seminar series, and, for those interested, access to IAS' unique matched longitudinal employee-employer registers provided by Statistics Sweden. Research fellows are expected to participate in weekly activities such as our Tuesday brownbag seminars and Thursday research seminars with international guests.

    How to apply

    Before applying, please familiarize yourself with our ongoing research a www.liu.se/ias

    Applications in the form of (1) an up-to-date CV, and (2) a one-page motivational statement summarizing research interests, current projects, and reasons for applying for a Robert K Merton Visiting Research Fellowship are to be sent to peter.hedstrom@liu.se and karl.wennberg@liu.se.
    For queries about the fellowship program, IAS, Linköping University, or life in Sweden/Norrköping, please contact prof. Karl Wennberg (karl.wennberg@liu.se+46(11)-36 33 74).

    Karl Wennberg
    Linköping University