Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellowships

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.

Up to three awards are available for the 2018-20 fellowship. Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to focus on their own research, participate in WCED workshops and events, and present at least 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, 2016.


Fellowships carry an annual salary of $50,000 plus $2,000 per year in research funds, and fellows 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 via online application:

  • 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, 2018, 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified in March 2018. The fellowship period is from September 2018 – May 2020.

Application date
15 Jan 2018
Date of residence
1 Sep 2018 to 31 May 2020
2 academic years
America United States Great Lakes
Humanities History Social sciences Demography Economics International Relations Law Political science Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 2 years
Grants available
Award granted
US$ 50.000/year + research funds