Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program on International & Public Affairs

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 $60,000 and the position is benefits eligible.  Additional funding 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, 2019, will be paid a reduced salary until their dissertation is defended.

Application Instructions

To receive full consideration, the following materials should be submitted by October 22, 2018 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.
  • A 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 22; to receive full consideration applications should be received by that date. Awards will be announced in January 2019.

For further information regarding the Watson Institute Post-Doctoral Fellows Program, please visit the Watson Institute website (watson.brown.edu) 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.   J_Ziegler@brown.edu 

For information about the application process, please email:  Watson_Applications@brown.edu

Application date
22 Oct 2018
2 years
America United States New England
Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 2 years
Award granted
US$ 60.000/year + research funds + health insurance subsidy