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Postdoctoral Fellows

  1. 2017-18 Fellows

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) at the University of Michigan invites postdoctoral scholars to apply for the Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship supports research on the broad historical, political, economic, and societal conditions under which democracies emerge—and autocracies endure.

Three awards are available in 2017-18. Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to focus on their own research, participate in WCED workshops and events, and present one public lecture during their fellowship year, while in residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

We welcome excellent applicants from all disciplines. Fellows must have successfully defended and filed their dissertation before beginning the fellowship. Eligibility is restricted to those who have received their PhD after January 1, 2015.

Fellowships carry a salary of $50,000 plus $2,000 in research funds, and will be eligible for U-M health, dental, and life insurance options (beginning September 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018). Fellows have full access to U-M library resources.

Candidates will be required to submit:

  • A two-page research plan that outlines the research project and how the fellow will spend his/her time during the fellowship year
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A scholarly writing sample, such as a dissertation chapter, conference paper, or journal article
  • Two letters of recommendation

Fellowship applications must be received by January 15, 2017, 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified in March 2017. The fellowship period is from September 2017 – May 2018.