CfA: Post-Doctoral Fellowships, Textual Microcosms: A New Approach in Translation Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


The European Research Council (ERC) project Textual Microcosms: A New Approach in Translation Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Prof. Ronit Ricci is offering Post-Doctoral fellowships beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year (starting date: October 1, 2022). Scholars who have received their Ph.D. after October 1st 2017 or will submit their Ph.D. no later than October 1st 2022 are eligible to apply.

The successful candidates will spend one academic year in Jerusalem (with a possibility of extension to two or more years). They will take part in a group enterprise of studying interlinear translation as practiced between the 16th-20th centuries in the Indonesian-Malay World (encompassing present-day Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, southern Thailand, the southern Philippines, and diasporic communities in South Africa and Sri Lanka). This project employs the interlinear translation as a theoretical and methodological framework to study religious, intellectual, linguistic and artistic elements of a culture as they intersect, connect, and diverge on the page. It is a framework that invites exploring these interconnections from global, regional and local perspectives by “reading between the lines” of such translations, both concretely and metaphorically.

The project is interdisciplinary in nature and includes approaches from the fields of history, religious studies, literature, art history, linguistics and philology. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of approximately 9,000 ILS and travel expenses to Israel, and will be given offices at the Hebrew University (Mount Scopus campus). They will participate in the project’s seminar, conferences, workshops, creation of an online database and other activities and are expected to produce project-related article(s) and/or a monograph. Fellows must be present in the office 3 full days a week and devote 100% of their time to the project and their research.

The required criteria for submitting candidacy for the fellowships are:

  • Proven academic excellence.
  • Knowledge of two relevant research languages at a level that allows reading interlinear translations (for example, two of the following: Malay, Arabic, Javanese, Sundanese, Balinese. Knowledge of other relevant languages welcome).
  • Familiarity with the history and literary culture(s) of the Indonesian-Malay World.
  • Experience working with manuscripts is an advantage, as is prior experience reading interlinear translations.

Interested individuals are requested to send the following documents (in one PDF file):

  • Cover letter describing your academic experience, relevant skills and motivation for participating in the project.
  • A detailed description (500-750 words) of your planned research program.
  • Curriculum vitae (including language proficiency)
  • Transcript of grades (graduate study level)
  • Abstract of the PhD dissertation
  • Letters of evaluation of the PhD dissertation (if available)
  • Two letters of recommendation. Please have recommendations sent directly to
  • A writing sample: PhD chapter or a paper that has been accepted for publication (no more than 30 pages)

Please send the requested materials electronically in one PDF file by March 31st, 2022 to

If you have any questions or require additional information or clarification prior to submission please contact Ronit Ricci by email at