Post Doctoral Fellowship on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean

A Post Doctoral Fellow conducts research, teaches at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, and contributes to academic programs in a specialized discipline. This is a non-tenure track position of limited duration.

The Graduate Center (GC) is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). Offering more than thirty doctoral degrees from Anthropology to Urban Education, and fostering globally significant research in a wide variety of centers and institutes, the GC provides academic training in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.The Graduate Center is also integral to the intellectual and cultural vitality of New York City. Through its extensive public programs, The Graduate Center hosts a wide range of events - lectures, conferences, book discussions, art exhibits, concerts, and dance and theater that enrich and inform.

As part of the Provost's Diversity Initiative, the Graduate Center invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support the development of early career scholars from diverse backgrounds (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) who show promise as innovative scholars in the field of Africana Studies for the academic year 2016-2017, effective August 25, 2016, and will be renewable for a second year.  We are particularly interested in candidates from the fields of English, Sociology, Anthropology, and Urban Education, though applications from any field within the humanities and humanistic social sciences will be considered.  Successful candidates will teach one course per year at the Graduate Center as part of the appointment and will participate in activities related to The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) and to the Ph.D. program of their own discipline.

IRADAC was founded to address the African presence in the Americas through scholarly research and public programs for the betterment of the public as well as the academic community. The institute's mission is to foster understanding and critical interpretation of the history, development, conditions, status and cultures of the diverse peoples of African descent living in the various societies of the Western Hemisphere. The Institute's primary focus on the black experience in Canada and the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean does not preclude any region of the African Diaspora from the scope of its multidisciplinary scholarship and public programs.

This position reports to the Director of IRADAC.

Open until filled with review of applications to begin on April 1, 2016.


Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

Candidates who have received their Ph.D. in 2013 at the earliest, or who have deposited their dissertation by July 1, 2016 are eligible.

Application date
1 Apr 2016
1 year, renewable
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 4 years
Grants available
Award granted
US$ 64.956/year