The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) invites applications for one postdoctoral research associate position for the 2018-19 year (12 months), beginning September 1, 2018. The position is open to scholars who would be in residence for the year and would participate in the activities of the Mellon Foundation-funded Sawyer Seminar on the theme “Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue.” The Seminar engages a multidisciplinary group of Princeton faculty and graduate students, which aims to advance the study of global migration as a many-faceted phenomenon requiring insights from both the humanities and social sciences. Political, legal, and demographic issues (and solutions sought) will therefore be discussed in tandem with more humanistic themes. Questions of particular interest for the Seminar are global narratives of migration (be these political/national, journalistic, artistic); linguistic and legal aspects of migration; and the historical, ethical, and philosophical issues that arise with migration. For more information on the PIIRS research community and its activities, see the PIIRS website at

The postdoctoral research associate would be expected to participate regularly in the activities of the seminar and to be engaged in research and writing on a topic related to the Seminar’s broader themes. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by the beginning of the appointment and have received the degree no earlier than September 2015 . This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

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Applications must include:

(1) A cover letter;
(2) A statement of plans for work and their relation to the community’s theme (under 1,000 words);
(3) A current curriculum vitae;
(4) Names and contact information for two references; and
(5) A representative sample of recent work (under 25 written pages or equivalent in the candidate’s professional medium; for artistic work, links within a PDF preferred). The work sample need not be directly related to the theme of migration.


Application deadline: January 9, 2018 (11:59 PM EST).

For more information on PIIRS, see Questions about the application process for this position may be directed to Nicole Bergman (