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Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program 2023-2025

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
Closing date
Sep 30, 2022

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General Anthropology
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Any level of experience considered
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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, 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. Watson Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Brown University students, faculty, and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact on the world. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving, and service to the public good are defined by collaboration, intellectual discovery, and working in ways that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The fellowship competition is open to candidates from the social sciences, including anthropology, economics, history, political science, and sociology. The selection process, open with regard to nationality and geographic area of research, is highly competitive and typically generates over 500 applications for 4 or 5 places. Scholars 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.  Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $60,000, for this benefits-eligible position.  Additional funding will be made available for research expenses and research-related programming on campus. Candidates selected for the Postdoctoral Fellows program who have not completed their dissertations by July 1, 2023, will be paid a reduced salary until their dissertation is defended.
To receive full consideration, the following materials should be submitted by September 30, 2022 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.

Please also include a statement about teaching in a diverse and inclusive classroom.
·      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 September 30; to receive full consideration applications should be received by that date.  Awards will be announced in January 2023.

For further information regarding the Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program, please visit the Watson Institute website ( or contact: Professor J. Nicholas Ziegler, Faculty Director of the Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program, 2022-2023, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, 111 Thayer Street, Box 1970 Providence, RI 02912. .  For information about the application process, please email: 

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Brown University is situated on the East Side of Providence, on historic College Hill, overlooking downtown Providence. The area around Brown has a friendly, residential vibe, with plentiful housing options, shopping, cafés, and restaurants, all within walking distance of campus. With its low cost of living and historic architecture, the capital city is a vibrant place to live and work that offers a dynamic arts and culture scene, including many music, theater, and art venues. Located in southern New England, the State of Rhode Island features more than 400 miles of coastline and 100 beaches. Beautiful farms, vineyards, orchards, wooded trails, and numerous historic towns cover its 1200 square miles.

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