Perry World House Global Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Global Innovation Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program during the 2017-2018 academic year. The Global Innovation Program is the research arm of Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s new university-wide hub for global engagement and interdisciplinary international policy research. Perry World House connects Penn to the international policy world through research, student engagement, and public programming, bringing the university’s intellectual resources to bear on the urgent global challenges of the 21st century.

We hope to bring 8 postdoctoral fellows to campus for the 2017-2018 academic year. We are seeking excellent scholars who study global affairs and have interest in interdisciplinary outreach and policy relevance. We are particularly interested in applicants in the following areas:

  • The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance
  • Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography
  • Borders and Boundaries in World Politics
  • Identity and Conflict


Applications are welcome from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last two years, or who expect to complete their degree by June 2017.

Additional Information

  • Fellows in Identity and Conflict will work with Nicholas Sambanis, the Penn Political Science Department's Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics.
  • Fellows in Borders and Boundaries in World Politics will work with Beth Simmons, the Penn Political Science Department's Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Law and Political Science.
  • All postdoctoral fellow positions pay a stipend of $50,000 plus relevant fees and health insurance. The position also provides $1,000 in research support.

Borders and Boundaries in World Politics

The Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics has two openings for post-doctoral research fellows for one year, renewable, full-time appointments. Fellows will split their time between their own research and work with a team led by Professor Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Law, Political Science, and Business Ethics. The Project is concerned with boundaries between organized human communities, broadly understood. International borders, border regions and border crossings have multiple significance as designations of state authority, security buffers, expressions of social meaning and opportunities for economic integration. Border regions and activities speak to national and local encounters with neighbors and the rest of the world. This project is concerned with how humans demarcate the space between “us” and “them.” It contextualizes border architecture, infrastructure and institutions as expressions of various social, political and economic anxieties associated with globalization. This research team will concern itself with a broad range of questions relating to “bordering” in world politics. Applicants with an interest in territorial politics; migration and movement across borders; development in and across border regions; border crossing regimes, architectures and institutions; transnational migration; transnational crime, human trafficking and law enforcement across borders; and related issues are welcome to apply. Skills in empirical spatial analysis, GIS technologies, mapping technologies, experimental analyses, computerized textual and imaging analyses, and similar technologies are highly desirable, as are computer programming skills and experience using large computer databases and statistical software.

Requirements and Application Information

There are no mandatory reaching responsibilities. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to give a presentation during the academic year in the Perry World House Seminar Series, engage with Perry World House’s Undergraduate Student Fellows, and attend regularly scheduled seminars. Perry World House will also introduce each postdoctoral fellow to related faculty and leaders of centers and institutes at the University of Pennsylvania. Postdocs will be housed with the Global Innovation Program in Perry World House.

Identity and Conflict

The Program on Identity and Conflict, which is joint with the School of Arts & Sciences, has two openings for postdoctoral research fellows for one-year, renewable, full-time, appointments. Fellows will split their time between their own research and work for a team led by Professor Nicholas Sambanis at Penn’s Department of Political Science. Projects will include, but are not limited to, research on intervention and peacebuilding; the determinants of political radicalization; the effects of violence exposure on social preferences; the causes of conflict escalation in self-determination movements; and the formation and change of social identities. A variety of methods will be used, including large-N statistical analysis, game-theoretic modeling, field and survey experiments and historical case-studies. Job responsibilities will vary depending on the strengths and interests of the successful applicants, but they will include some combination of assisting with projects undertaken by a research team involving faculty at Penn and other institutions; data collection and management; preliminary data analysis; archival research; and possibly also field work. Successful applicants will have significant training in methods (statistical analysis, survey research, or qualitative methods) and/or modeling. Computer programming skills are highly desirable as is experience using large computer databases and statistical software. All applicants should have excellent organizational skills.

Pre-doctoral candidates may also apply, though preference will be given to applicants who will have received their doctorate by the start of the appointment.

There is no teaching requirement. Fellows will be expected to give a presentation during the academic year in the Perry World House Seminar Series.

Application date
10 Jan 2017
1 academic year
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Social sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Political science Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 2 years
Grants available
Award granted
US$ 50.000 + research funds + health insurance