The Human Past Fellowship Programme (2024-25 & 2025-26)

The Human Past Residential Fellowship Programme, an initiative by the Center for the Human Past,
is designed to foster a collaborative environment where early-stage and established scholars can
converge across a wide range of disciplines, such as archaeology, population genetics and historical
linguistics. These fields collectively explore the shared history of the world’s populations over the
past 10,000 years, a period marked by the advent of agrarian food production, population growth and
linguistic changes, as well as the emergence of early civilizations.

The programme aims to attract research fellows pursuing research on different aspects of the human
past, combining methods and materials from different disciplines. The programme's primary focus is
on research work relating to three major migration events: The Indo-European-, Bantu- and Austro-
nesian expansions. We invite scholars who are interested in exploring archaeological evidence, linguistic
changes, or genetic factors associated with any of these major archaeological and linguistic expansions.

The programme gives fellows the opportunity to concentrate on their own research interests, free from
the teaching and administrative obligations of ordinary university life. Fellows are, however, expected to
be active members of the scholarly community of the Collegium and to participate in seminars and other
academic events beyond their own fields of specialization. The fellows within the programme will also
be expected to participate in the activities at the Center for the Human Past.

The Human Past Fellowship Programme is funded by the Swedish Research Council as an integral com-
ponent of the Center for the Human Past, which is recognized as a Center of Excellence. 

The Fellowship Programme offers one Advanced Fellowship, and one Young Scholar Fellowship. For
the Advanced Fellowship, the candidate should, at the time of application, have held a PhD (or equivalent
degree) for at least seven years, have a track record of significant and original research achievements,
and be active at the international forefront of his/her research field. Early-career scholars applying for
the Young Scholar Fellowship should have a promising track record of independent achievements at the
post-doctoral level (at the most seven years from PhD degree), including significant publications, and be
active in international fora.

As an applicant, you are not required to hold a university position at the time of application.

Scholars may apply for a full academic year (September – June) or one semester.

Fellows receive a monthly salary. The Collegium, however, does not match fellows’ salaries. The
Collegium hopes that fellows will explore possibilities to apply for other outside support (such as
sabbatical salaries and/or grants).

The Collegium will provide and pay for accommodation for fellows who do not live in the Stockholm–
Uppsala region. When possible, the Collegium also tries to offer accommodation to fellows from Stock-
holm who are not able to commute.

Application Instructions and Deadline
Final decisions are taken by the Principal of the Collegium in consultation with a selection committee
composed of Long-term Fellows. This means that all applications (including personal data) will be
downloaded by members of the selection committee, and may also be sent to external referees, outside
of the EU/EEA.

The application deadline for the academic year 2024 - 2025 has passed (15 April 2024).
The application deadline for the academic year 2025 - 2026 is on 1 June 2024 (23:59 CET).

Applications to all our fellowship programmes are reviewed by the same committee. For this reason, we
kindly ask candidates to only apply to one fellowship programme. Applying to more than one fellowship
programme will not increase your chances of being awarded a fellowship at SCAS. For the Human Past
Programme, though, it is possible to apply to both 2024-25 and 2025-26.

Apply through the Varbi application system by filling in the online form and submitting as PDF-files the
following required application documents:

  1. A curriculum vitae (not exceeding 4 pages)
  2. A description of your intended research project (not exceeding 1500 words, excluding
    bibliography if any)
  3. A list of your major articles (up to ten) in international peer-reviewed journals and/or
    major research monographs or edited volumes
  4. One article of your choice (or chapter in an edited book, or chapter from a monograph
    by you), representing your scholarship. The article does not have to be related to your
    proposed research project, but it has to be in English.
  5. An account of why you wish to be at SCAS (rather than at another institute for advanced
    study) (not exceeding 100 words)
  6.  An account of how you would benefit from a stay at SCAS (not exceeding 100 words) 
  7.  An account of how you would contribute to the academic and social environment at SCAS
    (not exceeding 100 words) 
  8. (Optional) up to 3 letters of reference (Please note that letters of reference must be up-
    loaded by the candidate by the application deadline. It is not possible for referees to upload
    references into the online application system or send them to SCAS.)

APPLY HERE >> (for 2025-26)
(Link to Varbi)

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from the Varbi online
application system.

Candidates are advised to submit their applications well ahead of the deadline. It may take a few weekdays
to receive assistance should you have questions or need technical support.

Applicants will be notified of the results through Varbi no later than 15 May 2024 for 2024-25 and no
later than 28 February 2025 for 2025-26. If you get a new email address, please make sure to update it
in your Varbi account.

If you have any questions related to the Varbi online application system, please contact Varbi’s support:

If you have any questions regarding the thematic focus of the programme, please contact

If you have any questions about the Human Past Fellowship Programme, please contact the secretariat:

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