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Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted: 9/26/2017 (Employment)

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University aspires to promote a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement. Central to this mission is the Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program, an effort to galvanize the careers of young social scientists conducting research related to the Institute’s three core thematic areas: development, governance, and security. Participants in this program will join an interdisciplinary community of scholars engaged in theoretically and substantively important research addressing the most pressing global issues of our time. Fellows receive two years of support, to be taken within a three-year period, with the expectation that they will pursue research and participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute. Fellows will also teach one course per year in the Institute or in an affiliated Brown University social science department.

The fellowship competition is open to candidates from across the social sciences working in any area of the world on issues that can be understood in a comparative global context. Scholars of all nationalities who have received their PhDs within two years of the application deadline are eligible to apply. Individuals who are currently – or have previously been – postdoctoral fellows in other programs are not eligible to apply. As full members of the Watson Institute’s scholarly community, fellows are required to be in residence during the academic year. Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $55,000, plus a health-insurance subsidy. Additional funding of $3,000 may be made available for conference-related travel, research expenses, and research-related programming on campus. Candidates selected for the Postdoctoral Fellows program who have not completed their dissertations by July 1, 2018, will be paid a reduced salary until their dissertation is defended.

To receive full consideration, the following materials should be submitted by October 20, 2017, to the application portal

  • A cover letter stating the applicant’s academic field, status of their dissertation, and proposed research to be conducted during their fellowship period. The cover letter should not exceed 2,000 words and should make clear where in the Institute’s core areas of security, development, or governance the proposed research best fits.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • An copy of each graduate transcript.
  • A writing sample.
  • Three letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s research.

Review of applications will begin on October 20; to receive full consideration applications should be received by that date. Awards will be announced in January 2018.

For further information regarding the Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program, please visit the Watson Institute website ( or contact:

Professor J. Nicholas Ziegler, Faculty Director of the Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University 111 Thayer Street, Box 1970 Providence, RI 02912.

For information about the application process, please email:

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Deadline: 10/20/2017

Location: Brown University