CFP for Greenhouse MSCA applicants, 2023

The Greenhouse Center for Environmental Humanities at University of Stavanger, Norway, is now accepting proposals from scholars interested in applying for the EU Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships program (MSCA-PF) in 2023.

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The Greenhouse Center for Environmental Humanities at University of Stavanger, Norway, is now accepting proposals from scholars interested in applying for the EU Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships program (MSCA-PF) in 2023. The MSCA-PF scheme is highly prestigious and provides a unique possibility for talented researchers to develop their careers through international mobility. The MSCA fellowship is granted for a period of up to 2 years and is carried out under the supervision of an experienced researcher at the host institution.

Researchers of any nationality, who wish to engage in R&I projects by either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe, can apply. They:

  • must have a PhD degree successfully defended by 13th Sep 2023;
  • must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g., due to parental leave), will not be taken into account;
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before 13th Sep 2023.

At the Greenhouse, we are interested in hosting MSCA fellows with environmental humanities projects who would benefit from being in an interdisciplinary dynamic environmental humanities environment and working closely with one or more members of Greenhouse. The following potential supervisors are available this year:

  • Ellen Arnold is interested in supervising projects on the cultural history of water, particularly those that open up new conversations about the connections between practical engagements with water resources and “imagined” waters. She is also available for projects focusing on medieval European environments, particularly if they had a religious history/studies approach.
  • Ingvil Hellstrand is interested in working with projects dealing with (environmental) storytelling, futures (science fiction and speculative fiction included), gender and diversity.
  • Dolly Jørgensen can supervise projects in environmental history and environmental humanities at intersection with history of technology; human-animal studies; histories of conservation and biodiversity; extinction studies; and museums & environmental issues, but is also open to other kinds of environmental humanities projects.
  • Finn Arne Jørgensen can supervise projects in environmental history, history of technology, and digital environmental humanities. Projects relating to green transitions, waste and recycling, environmental citizenship, and environmental media are particularly interesting.
  • Tyson Retz is able to supervise projects exploring the history of environmental and political ideas, including progress, decline, growth and degrowth. Other potential topics include problems of periodisation in the Anthropocene and what the inclusion of more-than-human agencies means for traditional notions of humanistic inquiry.
  • Siddharth Sareen is keen to host and supervise candidates with an interest in the governance of energy transitions, broadly construed. Interdisciplinary environmental humanities and social sciences backgrounds of interest include political ecology, human geography, development studies and STS.

The Greenhouse has won five MSCA-funded postdoctoral fellows since 2019. At the Greenhouse our postdocs are included in a vibrant and international research community with weekly group meetings, frequent guest talks, good support structures, and a world-class environmental humanities research library. The Greenhouse offers a year-long professional development program that all of our postdocs take. 

We will work with select candidates to develop their applications for submission to the EU in September 2023. Through the University of Stavanger’s Research Development Department, The Greenhouse can arrange for potential applicants to participate in the UiS MSCA-PF Support Programme, including a MSCA-PF workshop. The workshop is delivered by the external consultants and covers topics such as project development, proposal writing, proposal evaluation and the call requirements. The workshop will be conducted digitally. In order to take advantage of this training opportunity, we must receive a statement of interest no later than April 21, 2023. Send an email to the Greenhouse directors Finn Arne Jørgensen and Dolly Jørgensen at with a CV using this template and project statement of no more than 2 pages. The project statement should address the aim of your project, what is new/novel about it, what skills you will need to acquire during the postdoc period, and who the supervisor for the project would be (this is the tenured faculty member with whom you’d be working - see list above). You should also make it clear how your project aligns with The Greenhouse’s interests and expertise.