Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) at the University of Michigan invites scholars who have received their Ph.D. since 2017 to apply for the WCED Postdoctoral Fellowship. This two-year fellowship supports multidisciplinary research on the broad historical, political, economic, and societal conditions under which democracy and autocracy either emerge and endure or falter and fail.

Up to two awards are available for the 2019-21 fellowship. WCED Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to focus on their own research, participate in occasional WCED workshops and events, and present at least one public lecture during their two-year fellowship, while in full-time residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A teaching opportunity may be possible during the second year of the fellowship, if desired. 

Eligibility

We welcome applicants from all disciplines, though the majority of past applicants and Fellows have come from political science, sociology, and history. Fellows must have successfully defended and filed their dissertation before beginning the fellowship. Eligibility is restricted to those who have received their Ph.D. after January 1, 2017.

Benefits

Fellowships carry an annual salary of $50,000 and up to $7,000 in research funds during the post-doctoral appointment. Fellowship recipients will be eligible for U-M health, dental, and life insurance options (beginning September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2021). Fellows have full access to U-M library resources.

Application

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 period
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A scholarly writing sample, such as a dissertation chapter, conference paper, or journal article
  • Two letters of recommendation

Deadline

Fellowship applications must be received by January 15, 2019, 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified in March 2019. The fellowship period is from September 2019 – August 2021.

Application date
15 Jan 2019
Date of residence
1 Sep 2019 to 31 Aug 2021
Duration
2 years
Country
America United States Great Lakes
Discipline
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
2
Award granted
US$ 50.000/year + research funds
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